Karen Anand

Founder of Farmers'

It’s not only a fantastic concept but really well executed and is getting better and better every year. Stu-dents and young would-be-profes-sional chefs need an international platform to show their skills, learn and grow.

I learnt that there is so much talent and so much interest out there! It is interesting to see their creativity and how they use their imagination. The biggest learning for the stu-dents is humility and growth. That they may be the best in their college but in an international arena, things could be quite different.

Some of the chefs we interacted with were Shaun Kenworthy, Kunal Kapur, Ranveer Brar and David Fo-skett (chairman, International Hos-pitality Council). We talked about the students’ skills, the surprises, where and what to eat in Kolkata!

More students, heats to sort out the winners, may be even take the con-cept to other international colleges.

Karen Anand has been described as “something of a food guru, influencing the way people eat and perceive good food” in India.

Founder of Farmers’ Markets by Karen Anand, a whole foods food and drink fair, now held in 9 Indian cities.

A writer on the subject of food and wine for over 25 years.

Consultant for multinationals, international hotel and restaurant chains and F&B brands entering the Indian market. She has contributed to restaurant projects in the UK, in particular the Bombay café in London called Dishoom.

In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Food & Spirit Award (Trophée de l’Esprit Alimentaire) for Culture from the French Government.

Judge at Young Chef Olympiad in 2016 and 2017.

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