The bugles have sounded and the hunt is on for the Spicy Village ‘Star Chef’ 2014. Food lovers will converge on the November 21 to soak up the tricks and cooking talents from all corners of Oman.
The challenge is to experiment with new ingredients and to create imaginative dishes that make an impact. Qualified applicants must pass a rigorous selection process. The semi-finalists will enter a competition round of cooking and the finalists will be judged by Celebrity Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who will personally be present to choose the winner and hand over a host of attractive prizes, says a press release.
“Ladies and gentlemen interested to participate are requested to send in their best recipes for Indian, Chinese, Arabic and Continental cuisines to Spicy Village restaurant before September 28. The challenge recognizes the importance of home cooking in people’s lives and will put the spotlight on those who are quietly conceiving attractive recipes at their individual homes,” said Arun S Jayakaran from Spicy Village.
Speaking about the Star Chef competition, Jayakaran said: “The battle of the chefs will be a culinary delight and will witness intense competition among the cooking experts tossing their own recipes at home. We expect a strong response to our call for entries for the event and we look forward to hosting diverse talent from across Oman for the contest.”
“Oman has a multitude of cultures and is brimming with young talent. We are really looking forward to seeing what the participants bring to the table this time as we search for the best chefs in the country,” he added.
Oman’s hotel and hospitality industry has seen a significant growth, owing to the growing number of billion-dollar hotels and resort development projects all over the country, and also due to the government’s Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), which focuses on beefing up tourism promotion programmes and developing the country’s infrastructure.
“Our objective behind this innovative competition is not only to encourage the best of local talent in the culinary field, but also to boost the tourism industry by promoting Oman as both a unique destination as well as a perfect stopover. To do this, it is important to showcase the best of local dishes Oman has to offer amongst the many other different facets that makes Oman special,” commented Jayakaran.
To any member of the general public, the Star Chef hunt will be a visual extravaganza of culinary showpieces and practical cookery demonstrations.