Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2018 – Pune Chapter

To emphasize Hyatt’s focus on its rich culinary heritage, Hyatt Hotels in India hosted the fifth season of ‘Hyatt Culinary Challenge-people cooking for people’ during the last weekend of October across 14 cities.


Special Participants from Teach For India at Hyatt Culinary Challenge Pune with Mr. Sumit Kumar, General Manager - Hyatt Pune


Hyatt Culinary Challenge was conceptualized as a unique event that will bring together individuals from the corporate realm on a common platform where they could showcase their culinary expertise and passion for food in an interactive culinary event. Each participant was paired with a child participant from partner NGOs to create a participant choice recipe to be adjudged by a panel of distinguished judges from the culinary sphere.

Special Participants from Teach For India at Hyatt Culinary Challenge Pune

Speaking on the occasion, Harleen Mehta, VP, Sales Operations, Hyatt India said,“Hyatt hotels around the world are recognized for their innovation, creativity and strong focus on Food and Beverage.  The objective behind running the Hyatt Culinary Challenge was to give a wider audience across India the opportunity to engage with Hyatt as a brand by participating in ‘people cooking for people’. The overwhelming response that we have witnessed across the cities, over the past years, has been truly encouraging and we look forward to another wonderful edition.”

Special Violin Performance by Kids from Pune Music School

The preliminary Runners up and winners at each city were awarded a stay at various Hyatt Hotels across India and the winner has been invited to participate in the Grand Finale at Hyderabad in December 2018. The winner from the finale will win a family holiday at one of the exotic international destinations of Hyatt.

Winner Hyatt Culinary Challenge - Mr. Tarun Sharma CEO, BMC and General Manager Hyatt Pune - Mr. Sumit Kumar

Mr. Tarun Sharma – CEO, BMC Software, who prepared Bharwaan Tamatar was adjudged winner and will represent Pune in the finale.

At Hyatt Pune, Kalyani Nagar, the participants created a myriad of family style recipes ranging from Slow Roasted Tomato & Watercress Salad with Vegan Paella Valencia by Mr. Shrikant Chakravarty from Bekaert;  Jamaican Jerk Grill Cottage Cheese Steak by Mr. Mehul Mehta from Infosys and the wonderful Zingalala Crepe….A prawns recipe by Ms. Priya Wagholikar from HDFC. It was truly an indulgent experience.

Judges Hyatt Culinary Challenge - Ms. Prajakta Albuquerque - India Vocal, Ms. Sabina Sanghvi - Radio One, Mr. Sumit Kumar - Hyatt Pune and Mr. Abhishek Kulkarni - Urbane Magazine

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