The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai and the United States Foreign Agricultural Service organized a daylong cooking competition at the Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai. The competition was aimed at strengthening U.S.-India friendship and understanding through culinary diplomacy.
It was a special morning as culinary students dashed to put final touches on their exquisite dishes, winning hearts and minds through good eats. The students have them plated just in time to be judged by celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz. Born in Goa, Chef Cardoz is the ideal culinary diplomat. He owns restaurants in both the U.S. and India, and has a fantastic understanding and appreciation of both food cultures.
During the daylong cooking competition, the students used various unique American ingredients and flavors such as walnuts, blueberries, and maple syrup to create delectable fare that impressed Cardoz with every bite. After sampling and evaluating the dishes prepared by eleven groups of students, Chef sat down for a feedback and discussion session with the students. Also graced the occassion was Heidi Hattenbach, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, Anamika Chakravorty, the Cultural Affairs Officer U.S. Consulate General Mumbai. Students and faculties of the Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai.