India is a synonym for diversity. It has a vast expanse of people, culture and traditions, and food is one of the common connections that binds them. A wise person once said, ‘There is no love more sincere than the love for food’. Every dish has significance and cultural roots, from Kashmir’s Rogan Josh, Gujarat’s Dhokla, Tamil Nadu’s Pongal to Arunachal Pradesh’s Thukpa.
To reflect on India’s rich culinary heritage and understand the value and significance of what it can offer to the world in terms of taste, health, traditional knowledge, ingredients, and recipes, MyGov in collaboration with IHM, Pusa is organizing ‘YUVA PRATIBHA – Culinary Talent Hunt’
With an aim to create awareness and increase the production and consumption of millet, the year 2023 has been declared by the United Nations as the ‘International Year of the Millets’, following a proposal by India, which wants to position itself as a global hub for millet. Millets have been an integral part of our diet for centuries. In addition to a plethora of health benefits, millets are also good for the environment with low water & input requirements. Millets are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a healthy addition to any diet. With the increasing demand for healthy and sustainable food options, incorporating millets into culinary creations is a great way to promote their benefits and awareness.
To mark this occasion, we are organizing a cooking competition based on Millet under Yuva Pratibha. The objective of this competition is to promote the use of millets as a staple food with good taste and looking beyond Millets as being healthy and sustainable.
Culinary Talent Hunt is a great initiative for citizens across India to display their culinary talent and skills and gain national recognition. If you aspire to be New India’s emerging chef, then participate in the ‘YUVA Pratibha – Culinary Talent Hunt’ and show your culinary skills.
The purpose of this is to bring out the lost recipes and promote the culinary talents of young and aspiring chefs and home cooks. The fusion of millets in this competition provides a unique opportunity for participants to showcase their creativity and innovation in cooking with healthy and sustainable ingredients, promoting awareness about their versatility.
- To promote culinary talent of Indian youth.
- To create awareness of the contribution of nutri-cereals (millets) for food security and nutrition.
- To promote national outreach of millets.
- To incorporate millets in food preparation
- Dish/Recipe should be home cooked, wherein 50% of the ingredients should be of Millets.
- For each level of the competition submitted entry should be original.
- For the 1st level, participants have to submit 3 photographs in high resolution in PDF format:
i) Photo of the ingredients Used in the dish (size should not exceed 4 mb)
ii) Photo of the dish prepared by him / her (size should not exceed 4 mb)
iii) Photo of him / her along with the dish (size should not exceed 2 mb)
- Description of the Dish should be precise and clear with all the steps involved. (Word limit: Max. 250 Words).
- Video should be Original with the proper Introduction of the participant which include Face of the participant, Name, Location, and the details of the Dish participant is going to prepare with the complete cooking process.
- It should be a fresh Video not an old video, available on any Social Media platform.
- Selected participants must carry the region-specific ingredients along with them for the Finale (if used during preparation).
- Participant has to prepare the same recipe during the final round.
The competition will be divided into Four Rounds:
|Round 1 (Qualifying Round)|| |
|Round 2 (Prerequisites)|| |
|Round 3 (Viewer’s Choice)|| |
|Round 4 (FINALE)|| |
|1||1st Prize||INR. 1,00,000 /- + Trophy + Certificate|
|2||2nd Prize||INR. 75,000 /- + Trophy + Certificate|
|3||3rd Prize||INR. 50,000 /- + Trophy + Certificate|
|4||Consolation Prize (12 remaining participants in final round)||INR. 5,000 /- each|