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Guneev Sachdeva from Amritsar wins eighth edition of YCI 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018, 17:29 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Mumbai

Guneev Sachdeva from Dehradun’s Welham Girls’ School has emerged as the winner of the eighth season of the Young Chef India (YCI) Schools. After months of efforts and a tough culinary battle comprising five rigorous rounds, the hunt for the best school student chef of India concluded recently. Sachdeva has won the competition amongst 30,000 higher secondary students from over 2,800 schools across the country. In the Mega Final of the competition, held recently in Delhi, she successfully managed to outclass her seven opponents, who were the top contestants from North, East, South and West zones.

Expressing her elation, Sachdeva said, “I can’t believe that I’ve actually won YCI Schools 2018! I’ve seen my seniors do exceptionally well in the earlier editions of the competition and I wanted to perform as well as them and make my school proud. Winning it is a different feeling altogether.” She further expressed, “The immense support from my friends, family and school, kept me motivated till the end. I’m especially thankful to all those who voted for me.” 

Apart from Sachdeva, the student chefs who made it to the Mega Final included Gurugram’s Tanya Yadav from the North Zone, Mrunal Khedekar and Siddhi M Rashivadekar from Pune representing the West Zone, Pratiksha and Zahan Gafoor from Bengaluru representing the South Zone, and Suvankhi Roy and Sarthak Soni from Kolkata representing the East Zone.

According to Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder of IndiSmart Group & Chief Mentor, IIHM, said, “We started seven years ago with an aim to unearth future chefs of the nation and bring these budding chefs on a single platform. Today, with over 30,000 participants from all across the country, we see ourselves inching closer towards that goal. I would like to congratulate the winners, as well as all those who made it to the Mega Final of Young Chefs India Schools 2018. Looking at the proficiency of these next-gen chefs, I’m fully convinced that the future of India’s culinary industry is in safe & capable hands.”

Young Chef India Schools (YCI) is a platform that gives a unique opportunity to higher-secondary students to get a glimpse of the workings of the culinary industry and gain global recognition. Conceptualized and executed by the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) since 2011, thousands of students have so far participated in this competition and realized their dream of displaying their culinary skills. This year, the competition was aired as a 5-episode special series on popular food lifestyle channel ‘Food Food’, giving the contestants recognition & appreciation across the country.

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