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Young chefs face-off in first Smart Food Culinary Challenge

Placing Smart Food in Industrial Canteen Menus

Chefs cook millet-based foods for industrial canteens at the event in Bengaluru. Photo: MS Ramaiah University

Chefs cook millet-based foods for industrial canteens at the event in Bengaluru. Photo: MS Ramaiah University

Opportunities and challenges to bring millets into industrial canteens were brought to the table at an event held in Bengaluru to create awareness of millets among industrial caterers and to highlight the government’s role to assist. Noted chefs showcased the use of millets in recipes during discussions.

Industrial caterers serving corporates expressed the need for food that is popular, widely accepted and inexpensive. The cost of millets vis-à-vis rice and wheat, and the limited awareness, were seen as the biggest challenges to millet introduction in corporate food culture.

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First Smart Food Culinary Symposium Prepares Ground for Change in Millets Industry

(Left to right) Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju, Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj; Mr Sreenivas Murthy, Principal Secretary, Government of Karnataka; Dr Jagadeesha, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka and Prof Govind Kadambi Pro- Vice Chancellor, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences. Photo: MS Ramaiah University

(Left to right) Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju, Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj; Mr Sreenivas Murthy, Principal Secretary, Government of Karnataka; Dr Jagadeesha, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka and Prof Govind Kadambi Pro- Vice Chancellor, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences. Photo: MS Ramaiah University

The first of a series of India-wide Smart Food Culinary Symposia was organized for chefs from major fine dining chains and food service representatives in Bengaluru. Experts from government, training, nutrition and agriculture were on hand to ponder over challenges and opportunities. Millets were the center of discussions, and approaches to help develop the industry were discussed with Dr Jagadeesha, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka. The symposium was jointly conducted by MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Government of Karnataka and the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

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Young Chefs Face-Off in First Smart Food Culinary Challenge

The first Smart Food Culinary Challenge, a joint effort by Government of Karnataka, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences and ICRISAT, was launched with 58 student chefs from 16 culinary institutes across India. They were competing to be the finalists to play-off for the grand finale to be held at the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair in Bengaluru 18-20 January 2019.

To track the finalists and for more videos here – http://www.smartfood.org/culinarychallenge 

Smart Food Social Entrepreneurship Cluster

ICRISAT organized the first gathering of private and public sector organizations at New Delhi on 1 November 2018 to better support value chains through the creation of Smart Food clusters. The first Smart Food social entrepreneurship clusters will be developed around millets and later expanded to other Smart Foods. The clusters will be instrumental in strengthening the whole value chain by providing more marketing and negotiating power to the social entrepreneurs, more credibility to the products and companies and more support for the farmers.

https://www.icrisat.org/new-ways-to-engage-farmers-through-social-entrepreneurs/

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