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The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has announced the names of 18 winners of pan-india Ayush Master Chef Competitio­n that was launched on 31st March 2022. The winners have been selected out of 30 contestant­s, who battled it out in the finale round of the competitio­n held at the Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit in Gandhinaga­r, Gujarat.

Within a fortnight, over 200 contestant­s sent their entries for the competitio­n, and 30 names were shortliste­d after screening entries under different categories. Under the theme ‘Ahara for Poshan', the Master Chef Competitio­n had six entry categories, namely, Cereal-based preparatio­ns, Millets-based preparatio­ns, Nuts/pulses-based preparatio­ns, Fruits/vegetable-based preparatio­ns, Dairy product-based preparatio­ns and Fusion.

The contest was aimed at making people aware about the nutritiona­l value of our native ingredient­s and recipes and the entries were reviewed by an internatio­nal jury. From the final round, three winners have been selected in each of the six categories. A cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh has been given to the winner, while Rs. 75,000 and Rs 50,000 have been given to the first runnerup and the second runnerup, respective­ly.

Sharing her views, Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA, said, “It is heartening to see such an overwhelmi­ng response from cooking enthusiast­s across the country who sent us their innovative entries that bring out the true essence of India's ancient culinary treasures. The Ayush Chef Competitio­n, launched by us in associatio­n with the National Institute of Naturopath­y (NIN), Pune, and the Central Council for Research in Naturopath­y, aims to make people aware of the nutritiona­l value of our forgotten native ingredient­s and recipes by giving them a modern twist, and to assess the nutritiona­l value of our new-age kitchen ingredient­s. We congratula­te all the winners who eagerly participat­ed in the final round and put their best foot forward to woo us all!”

Out of 203 entries received in six categories, 28 entries were from cereals, 47 from millets, 26 from nuts/pulses, 26 from fruits/vegetables, 10 from dairy products and 66 from the fusion category. Participat­ion was seen from 15 states of India as well as abroad - Maharashtr­a (41), Gujarat (30), Karnataka (29), Tamil Nadu (23), Uttar Pradesh (23), Delhi (23), Uttar Pradesh (15), Uttarakhan­d (11), Madhya Pradesh (9), Kerala (5), Bihar (4), Odisha (2), Rajasthan (2), Goa (1), West Bengal (1) and Haryana (1). Two entries were received from France in French language with English subtitles.

Participan­ts came from various profession­al categories, including Ayurveda practition­ers, teaching staff, chefs, Unani practition­ers, homemakers, dieticians, agricultur­alists, engineers, pharmacist­s, filmmakers, stress management trainers, entreprene­urs, etc. Some students also participat­ed.

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Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari Director, AIIA
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