Baking MADras contest concludes with a flourish

Interesting culinary creations presented with a Madras twist

The Grand Finale round of the Baking MADras contest,   organised by the Murugappa Group, in association with Old Madras Baking Company (OMBC) and The Raintree, Anna Salai, as the hospitality partner, was held today.

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This Baking Contest with a Madras Twist was a special contest for foodies from the city, and was announced as part of the Madras Week celebrations, in which the first two rounds were held last month.

Initially, all the participants had to send in written recipes, from which shortlisted contestants had to present their creation to a set of judges in a Bake-and-Bring round. The finalists were selected from that, and in today’s final live cook-off round, they were required to present a dish using the ingredients of a ‘Madras Mystery Box’ – Ragi flour, Jaggery, Idli podi and Sambar onions.

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The dishes were judged by city food entrepreneur Sandesh Reddy, foodie and socialite Vidya Gajapathi Raju, Executive Chef of The Raintree Hotel St. Mary’s Road Chef Hushmoin Patell, and G. Ramprasad, President, New Initiatives, Murugappa Group.

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Farida Bharmal was awarded the first place for her ‘Chicken Cream Pie’, while the second place was won by Sirisha Jonnada for her ‘Ragi Chocolate Lava with Jaggery Praline’. The third place was shared by Preethi Madanan for her ‘Madras Basket’ and Janani for her ‘Aatukaran Pie’.

The participants were presented with gift vouchers of over Rs. 65,000 from Murugappa Group and OMBC, and goodie hampers and certificates.

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The event saw the presence of a number of the city’s food bloggers and media houses.