[Press Release]Himanshu Saini wins Rohini Dey’s Chef Search in Delhi for Amazing Culinary Talent

Delhi, 30 April 2013 – The 26years old talented Himanshu Saini from Delhi, who presented a dish Sarson Ka Saag Qusedilla with Butter Milk foam, beat his fellow contestants during the live cook-off on which they were given 2.5 hours to cook and plate their dishes.  He was crowned the winner of an exciting salary of upto $70,000 to work at a renowned restaurant Vermilion in New York & Chicago plus US permanent residency sponsorship.

The renowned judges Rohini Dey, Sharmila Tagore, Marryam Reshii, Karen Anand, Rocky Mohan & Anoothi Vishal reviewed each participant on 3 criteria’s: taste, presentation, Indian-Latin creativity attributing ten points each to these qualities.
The presentation, flavor, originality and creativity was what gave him an added edge over his fellow participants & garnered a score of 128 points from the judges. The Judges were extremely impressed with his beautiful presentation, mix of Indian & Latin flavours and his cooking skills.
After he was adjudged as the ultimate winner, Rohini Dey said: “Today marks a wonderful achievement in the culmination of Indian talent and we are thrilled to congratulate Himanshu on a superb performance and he is definitely a worthy winner.”

The winner said: “I am unbelievably excited, not every aspiring chef has the opportunity to work at such a wonderful restaurant in the US and receive support and guidance from a renowned restaurateur like Rohini Dey! I look forward to showcasing my style of food and creativity. I can’t wait to start working at Vermilion”.

Besides winning this live cook-off challenge at Q’BA, Connaught Place Himanshu and Aseema will receive a salary of up to $70,000, a chance to work at 2 highly lauded kitchens in New York & Chicago and grow his/her culinary skills, an opportunity for a US permanent residency sponsorship and leading Vermilion expansion opportunities.


Food Critic and a Marketing Wizz who had a high profile career with leading MNC’s like HSBC, GE Capital etc, Pawan Soni comes across as a quintessential corporate employee. He left behind his successful career as the Vice President of a MNC... all for his love for food. He a WSET Level II wine connoisseur and a foodie who loves to eat anything under the sun. Besides being a food and travel writer for various food forums and magazines, he is the Founder and CEO of Indian Food Freak. As one of the initial bloggers who started his blog almost a decade ago, his website www.indianfoodfreak.com is currently one of the biggest food and travel blogs in. Pawan also conducts highly successful restaurant awards and recently concluded the fifth edition of The Big F restaurant awards. Apart from that he has recently launched a gourmet app that gets its members huge benefits in participating restaurants and hotels besides giving those venues a huge traction.

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