Cooking competition winners with chefs Sanjay Thumma and Raju in Guntur on Sunday. | Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR
A wide range of famous dishes, from pickles and chutneys and rotis, to savory rices, dry fruit sweets and desserts, competed in The Hindu’s Our State Our Taste cooking competition at The Capital Hotel in Guntur on Sunday.
This is the fourth leg of the six regional rounds being conducted across the state and the grand finale is in Vijayawada on January 28, 2023. The remaining two rounds will be held in Rajamahendravaram and Visakhapatnam on January 7 and 8.
The participation of participants of different levels and ages in the event on Sunday was huge. The contestants presented their dishes to judges Sanjay Thumma and Raju, both renowned chefs. The judges went around the tables, tasting the items and interacting with the participants and asking about the preparation method and the ingredients used before announcing the winners.
Mr. Raju said the winners were selected based on the texture, taste and presentation of the dishes. Mr. Sanjay said that although only three winners were selected, with two other consolation prizes awarded, all the dishes presented in the competition were deserving of the award.
The first prize went to K. Sai Prasanna of Maruthi Nagar, Guntur, who prepared Tender Coconut Pastha Payasam. After preparing the dish, he brought it to Koko, and attracted the representatives and other contestants.
R. Annapurna, a 66-year-old woman from Khaza village, won the second prize. He prepared several dishes, and the judges had a hard time deciding which of the dishes to choose for the second prize. In front of this, Chef Sanjay observed that he had prepared two dishes of the most excellent taste and texture and explained about the preparation as well as the health benefits of the dishes. Ms. Annapurna said her award-winning dish, Konda Pindaku chutney, is helpful in curing kidney problems and helps in blood circulation.
Sk. Payrijar, a 55-year-old woman, won the third prize for her tomato halwa. Chef Sanjay observed that he had seen this dish in competitions for a long time and added that this delicacy was difficult to prepare. According to him, the selection of ingredients, especially tomatoes, plays a key role in the taste and texture of the dish.
B. Satyavati won the consolation prizes for Ragi Sankati-Natu Kodi and K. Radha Gongura Mutton.
Murali Madhav, Vijayawada Manager (Ad Sales), Ravi Kumar, Senior Deputy Manager (Ad Sales) Vizag, both. the hinduG. Rajasekar, Sales Manager, Gold Winner, Subramanian Gupta, Regional Sales Manager, Life Spice, Mukurram, Area Sales Manager, GRB, Koteshwar Rao, State Sales Manager, Medimix, Ashok Rajgopal, Indian Petroleum GPL Assistant Sales Manager, Nagaraj, Store Manager, CMR Shopping Mall and Sudhakar, Cluster Head, DBS Bank distributed the awards.
The main sponsor is Gold Winner Cooking Oil. The event is an initiative of the hindu, powered by LifeSpice and GRB Ghee, along with Preethi Zodiac 2.0, Bambino. The CMR Trade Center is the textile partner, while Medimix is the hygiene partner. G Square Group is the realty partner, IOCL is the energy partner, Hinduja Housing Finance is the housing finance partner, DBS Bank is the bank partner, ETV is the telecast partner and Vah Chef Sanjay Thumma is the knowledge partner.