Women chefs across In­dia com­peted for the pas­try queen ti­tle in Gur­gaon

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In a tense kitchen area, five par­tic­i­pants bat­tled it out to make a per­fect sugar sculp­ture and ring-shaped desserts.

To the on­look­ers the sight of fi­nal cre­ations was one to be­hold, but for all this, the chefs had to re­ally sweat it out at the sec­ond edi­tion of Pas­try Queen In­dia, which was re­cently or­gan­ised in Gur­gaon.

Nail-bit­ing mo­ments were wit­nessed be­tween the par­tic­i­pat­ing chefs — Reema Gupta, Radhika Kulka­rni, Ru­mana Jaseel, Eureka Araujo and Riya Arora (dur­ing two days Septem­ber 8 and 9 at the Acad­emy of Pas­try Arts in Gur­gaon). They raced against time to abide by the theme of As­trol­ogy, to cre­ate sugar dis­plays (in­clud­ing pastil­lage) and some quirky desserts in 18 hours.

“It has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. This was just the start of my jour­ney. I learnt how to pro­fes­sion­ally com­pete with peo­ple,” says Kulka­rni, whose sub-theme of dis­play was in­spired by con­stel­la­tions. Jaseel, who de­picted as­trol­ogy of the me­dieval times through her ed­i­ble dis­plays, says, “It’s nice to see the field of pas­try grow­ing so much. There are lots of In­di­ans now, who are get­ting into com­pet­i­tive level French pas­try-mak­ing.”

The par­tic­i­pants were judged by a panel of chefs that in­cluded — Parvin­der Singh Bali, Avi­jit Ghosh, Man­isha Bhasin, and Gor­don Galea.

“Pa­tience, pas­sion and per­se­ver­ance makes a pas­try queen! It was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for us to choose one per­son as the win­ner, as the par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sented dif­fer­ent as­pects of pas­try-mak­ing. Apart from the theme and pre­sen­ta­tion of their cakes and desserts, con­tes­tants were also judged on the taste and tex­ture. We marked the par­tic­i­pat­ing chefs on their hy­giene and set-up,” says Chef Bali.

A scorpio-themed cho­co­late cake PHOTOS: MANOJ VERMA/HT

Chef Ru­mana Jaseel; Mini pas­try fin­ger dessert

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