Tarun Bhatia Wins South East Asia S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016
Tarun Bhatia, the Chef de Partie from EK BAR in New Delhi, India, has been named as the winner of the South East Asia edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 with his outstanding signature dish: ‘Inspirational Daab Chingri’, made with fresh prawns marinated in a malai curry puree.
The South East Asia heat was held at Dusit Thani Hotel School, Bangkok, Thailand, where 10 young chefs from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand showcased their talent and techniques in a live cooking contest.
Each of the young chefs' signature dishes were put to the test by the judging panel and a dynamic local jury consisting of six professional chefs: Alvin Leung, Umberto Bombana, Ian Kittichai, Bo Songvisava, Will Meyrick and Emmanuel Stroobant. However, it was Bhatia's dish made with fresh prawns marinated in a malai curry puree that won them over, even self–styled "Demon Chef" Alvin Leung, was impressed by his unique interpretation of a traditional Indian dish using basic ingredients.
The Winning Dish
Bhatia's winning signature dish was "sousvide tiger prawn in malai curry, reconstructed tender coconut, edible sand, gondharaj lime air and gel, samphire pakora and gobindabhog rice served in a coconut husk."
“I am thrilled to be representing not only India but Southeast Asia and competing with the world's best young chefs.” said chef Tarun Bhatia. “The bigger challenge is awaiting in Milan, but I guess the bigger the challenge the better you get. A humble Indian curry can go a long way and I think it’s just the beginning.”
Bhatia will now spend the coming months honing his skills preparing to represent South East Asia at the Grand Final taking place in Milan in October where he will face off against 19 other Young Chefs in front of the Seven Sages.