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INTENSIVE HANDS ON COURSE IN BAKERY AND PATISSERIE, COVERING A RANGE OF CLASSIC AND MODERN DESSE
NEW DELHI, 8th April, 2015: KitchenAid, the world’s premium Kitchen Appliances manufacturer concluded its final regional round for the quest of India’s first ProBaker in New Delhi. This regional round consisted of several participants who were selected from numerous entries in a pool of talented bakers across the country. These contestants participated in an exciting mystery box challenge and two winners have been chosen to move ahead for the semi-finale and weeklong cake decorating training with awarded Chef Peachy Juban in New Delhi. Not only this, the lucky winners have each received a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for proceeding to the next round. Five winners from the Mumbai and Bangalore leg have already proceeded to the next round, home bakers Simmi Sareen, Shruti Muzumdar from Mumbai and Madhuri Aggarwal, Reena Mendonsa and Diya Jojan from Bangalore will now contest in the finale. The regional leg saw some interesting recipes made from the ingredients in the mystery box and the iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The competition was held at International Institute of Culinary Arts in New Delhi. IICA is also a proud partner for the KitchenAid ProBaker 2015. The jury consisted of Bakshish Dean, Executive Director and CEO of Prime Gourmet, Parvinder Singh Bali, Program Manager for Culinary Services, Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Manisha Bhasin, Senior Executive Chef, ITC Maurya and Pablo Morales Melendrez, Executive Pastry Chef, The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon. About KitchenAid ProBaker: KitchenAid has been delivering premium standards of quality, versatility, and precision to the home kitchen for almost a century now and has everything you'll want to stock in your baking armour. Providing oodles of culinary inspiration and convenience to the passionate baker, this year KitchenAid decided to go on journey to find one of India’s finest home-baker. The search goes all across India, where KitchenAid chose top 50 participants from a talented pool of entries submitted on the KitchenAid website. These 50 contestants get a chance to use the iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer in their homes before entering the baking battlefield. The regional rounds are held in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi where the contestants will face a mystery box challenge judged by celebrated chefs. 8 final contestants will then be chosen for week-long cake decoration training with awarded Chef Peachy Juban. Peachy Juban is one of the most dynamic and sought after cake designers in the world. While her baking studio Shortcrust, is a mecca of sorts for wedding cakes in Phillipines, her signature creations such as the lantern cakes have set the gold standard in cake decoration worldwide. In the end, the home bakers will face-off in a grand finale at the capital and one of them will be chosen as the first KitchenAid ProBaker with a handsome reward of goodies worth Rs. 2 Lacs. There is a lot at stake, nationwide spotlight, amazing prizes to be won at every quest, and the opportunity to be the next baking legend. For our home-bakers, the journey has just begun. To know more about the challenge, visit our microsite http://probaker.kitchenaidindia.com/ About KitchenAid Stand Mixer: KitchenAid iconic Stand Mixer has set the standard for reliability, flawless performance and ageless design. The design of the stand mixer has been perfected over time and not been changed in the last 50 years. It has a 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action, which means 59 touch points per rotation around the bowl for thorough ingredient incorporation. The beater, dough hook or wire whip rotates around the bowl, giving incredible bowl coverage for comprehensive mixing. The secret to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer's long-lived reputation is also its limitless versatility. Dozens of optional attachments and accessories allow doing everything from slicing vegetables and rolling fresh pasta to juicing fruit and grinding meat for homemade sausages. KitchenAid Stand Mixer is available in a range of colours which includes Raspberry Ice, Candy Apple, Empire Red, Tangerine, Onyx Black, Sugar Pearl and others. Its performance and high aesthetic appeal have made the KitchenAid Stand Mixer a top bridal registry item in the USA and also the first choice for *chefs across the world. Prices start from INR 39,990 (inclusive of taxes). The price includes the stand mixer with a stainless steel bowl, a dough hook, beater, wire whip and pouring shield. All other attachments can be purchased separately. * Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals About KitchenAid India: Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, sturdy bakeware or even innovative kitchen tools. All KitchenAid appliances are synonymous with fine craftsmanship, durability, the finest materials, robustness and painstaking attention to detail. It came into being in 1919 and was acquired by Whirlpool Corporation in 1986. The brand launched in India in October, 2013 and nourishing India’s culinary passion ever since. To know more about KitchenAid India and our recent campaign on KitchenAid ProBaker, visit http://www.kitchenaidindia.com/ or join us at https://www.facebook.com/KitchenAidIndia and https://twitter.com/KitchenAidIND. Thanks and Regards, Saanya Rallan KitchenAid India 9873936351
New Delhi, February 23, 2015: It is certainly every aspiring culinary students desire to learn from the best chefs from across the globe, and IICA students received one such exclusive opportunity to be a part of a training session organized by Le Cordon Bleu, London in New Delhi. Chef Anthony Boyd, who is the Cuisine Master Chef at Le Cordon Bleu in London was invited to New Delhi by the Cordon Bleu counterpart in New Delhi for an awareness building and knowledge sharing workshop of culinary skills by its’ senior faculty member. The training session was organized over two days (23rd and 24th of February 2015) and students from International Institute of Culinary Arts, New Delhi were invited to attend this one of a kind training session by Chef Anthony Boyd Chef Anthony has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry having worked in London at renowned restaurants such as Chez Bruce. After progressing through the kitchen brigade, Chef Anthony moved to The Square in London’s West End in 1997, working as part of a team that earned the restaurant two Michelin stars. In 1999, Chef Anthony gained the position of Head Chef at The Glasshouse in Richmond, with responsibility for managing and training a brigade of ten chefs. The Glasshouse earned a Michelin star in 2002 with Chef Anthony in command of the kitchen. After 11 successful years, during which time he cooked for the Belgian ambassador to the EU, Chef Anthony moved to the Michelin starred La Trompette in 2010, with control over a kitchen brigade of 14 chefs. Chef Anthony’s culinary knowledge and expertise was called upon by the Young Chef of the Year Competition, who invited him to judge the award between 2004 and 2008. Chef Anthony joined Le Cordon Bleu’s team of Cuisine Teaching Chefs in 2013. The first day of the demonstration included a demonstration by Chef Anthony who demonstrated some very intricate butchery skills and classical recipes such as Roast Leg of Lamb, which the students enjoyed thoroughly. The second day of the demonstration was a patisserie demonstration where students learnt various pastry techniques offered by Chef Anthony Boyd. Both the demonstrations were highly enlightening and all the faculty & students of IICA thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the event. The event was concluded by each IICA Student receiving a signed certificate by Chef Anthony Boyd from le Cordon Bleu; also Chef Anthony Boyd was presented with a Hall Fame Plaque by Mr. Virender S Datta(Founder & Chairman, IICA).
New Delhi, February 21, 2015: For most culinary institutes around the world, it is very normal to share the knowledge of their faculty with aspiring chefs and also become a platform where students can develop skills for the industry. But IICA is certainly not like most institutes around the world, this was re-confirmed when the institute was approached by International TV Host & Celebrity Chef –Bobby Chinn who wanted to shoot for his ongoing show –World Café in India at IICA Campus.In order to follow his unique style of presenting the countries true spirit; Chef Bobby Chinn first wanted to learn authentic Indian Cuisine from one who is an established master in this cuisine, hence Mr. Virender S Datta - founder & chairman, IICA (or Chef Datta as most people in the hospitality industry know him as) was asked to teach Chef Bobby Chinn in one of the two part episodes authentic signatures recipes by Chef Datta. The chosen location of the first episode was shot at the Datta Farms which is owned and managed by Mr. Virender S Datta himself inside a 400 year old haveli where Chef Datta was to share his knowledge with Chef Bobby Chinn, an ideal location to transfer recipes which are centuries old themselves. Chef Datta chose one his favorite recipe for Tandoori Chicken and Mint Chutney and the 8 hour shoot; both – Chef Bobby Chinn and the crew were extremely delighted by the knowledge and experience shared by Chef Datta and the shoot was a great success. The second part of the two part episode was shot at the International Institute of Culinary Arts, New Delhi; which again is founded and managed by Chef Virender S Datta who is currently the Chairman of the institute.About the InstituteLocated in the heart of South Delhi, IICA boasts of state of the art facilities and a platform for any student who wishes to learn culinary arts from professional chefs with internationally designed programs and globally accepted qualifications.Established in 2005; IICA is India’s first culinary institute to be recognized by City & Guilds UK, World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), Edexcel UK and Indian Culinary Forum.Over the years, IICA has established itself as one of India’s premier culinary institute and continues to train the most promising chefs of tomorrow. On the day of the shooting at the International institute of culinary arts, new delhi, Chef Bobby Chinn arrived at the institute at 1500hrs with a class full of extremely excited culinary students of the institute who were eagerly waiting to welcome the chef and take every opportunity to interact with him.It certainly was every aspiring chefs dream come true as not only did the entire batch of students at the institute get to learn from their favorite chef, two of the students also assisted the chef in preparing his twist to a classic Indian desert – “Gajjar Ka Halwa”.Needless to say, the shoot was yet again a great success and was concluded with a photograph session with all the students of the institute and distribution of certificates signed by Chef Bobby Chinn and Mr. Virender S Datta.At the end, the institute (IICA) also presented Chef Bobby Chinn with a Hall of Fame Plaque on behalf of the faculty and students of the institute.It is indeed a true pleasure to welcome such highly esteemed and established Chefs who not only draw a lot of excitement but also inspire millions of aspiring chefs across the globe. “Our students have only seen these personalities on TV; but for them to come face to face with them and to get the chance to learn cooking from them is truly a unique experience that many institutions across the world would not have the privilege of, we are very thankful to Chef Bobby Chinn and his team for making this possible.” –Mr. Arjun S Datta (Chief Operating Officer, IICA)“ It was truly a great experience interacting with Chef Bobby Chinn, and to have shared my knowledge and experience with him.” – Mr. Virender S Datta (Chairman, IICA)