Chennai, 11 Sep 2015 : 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.
This Baking Contestwith 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.
The dishes were judged by city food entrepreneurSandesh Reddy, foodie and socialiteVidya Gajapathi Raju, Executive Chef of The Raintree Hotel St. Mary’s RoadChef Hushmoin Patell, and G. Ramprasad, President, New Initiatives, Murugappa Group.
Farida Bharmal was awarded the first placefor 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 65,000 from Murugappa Group and OMBC, and goodie hampers and certificates.
The event saw the presence of a number of the city’s food bloggers and media houses.
About Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the INR 269 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including nine listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Parry Sugar industries Ltd, Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.
Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Transmission systems, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilisers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies such as Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Advanced Materials, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), Yanmar & Co. and Compagnie Des Phosphat De Gafsa (CPG). The Group has a wide geographical presence all over India and spanning 6 continents.
Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Montra, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor, Shanthi Gears and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The Group fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.