The sixth edition of The Hindu ‘Our State, Our Taste’ witnessing an overwhelming response here on Sunday was more of a celebration of traditional food. K. Kavitha Kumar was declared the winner of the Thanjavur round at Kamala Subaramaniam’s wedding hall. Participants presented a minimum of two dishes, one of which categorized under ‘Namba Ooru NambaSavorit Pasta’ represented the taste of Tamil Nadu.
K. Damodaran, judge of the competition, said the criteria were taste, texture, taste and presentation.
Kavitha Kumar presented about 20 dishes in clay pots with non-vegetarian dishes. Dishes prepared with mutton, fish, chicken and crab were the highlights. While K. Maruthu Pandian was named first runner-up for its vegetarian delights. A. Premmi David was named second runner-up for her mutton and chicken pasta sandwich. Consolation prizes were also awarded to the participants.
In addition to the winners of the competition, two special prizes were awarded to participants aged 10-18 to identify and encourage children aspiring to become top chefs. K. Vishali and SR Eniya were the young winners in the age category 10-18 years.
The main guest of the day was T. Venkatesan, President of the Thamarai International School, who, together with Chef Damodaran, presented the prizes to the winners; B. Aravind Raj, Distributor, Vidiem Maya Devices; C. Rajarathinam Kumar, Distributor, RKG Ghee; C. Sathish Kumar, Marketing Manager, Madhuram Rice; M. Senthil Kumar, Savorit Distributor; K. Ashok Kumar, Savorit Distributor; and M. Peter, RSM, Kallesuwari Refineries Private Limited.
Vidiem Kitchen Appliances is the title sponsor of the cooking competition which: The Hindu is host. The competition is powered by Savorit and Madhuram Rice in partnership with RKG Ghee and Cardia Advanced Groundnut Oil. Naga Food is the associated partner. LG Asafoetida is the asafoetida partner, Divinity partner is ITC Mangaldeep and Spices partner is Everest Masala. The banking partner is Karur Vysya Bank, Luxury car partner is Volkswagen, the magazine partner is Aval Vikatanand the media partner is Hindu Tamil Thisai†
General Entertainment Channel Partner is Kalaignar TV and News channel partner is Kalaignar Seidhigal,