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Third chef meet at Nativ Chefs

Palette Pantheon: the Third chef meet at Nativ Chefs

Nativ Chefs team welcomed budding new chefs, a stream of new culinary wizards on 3rd January’19, Thursday at the conference hall at IIM, Nagpur, from 2 pm to 4 pm. The event was attended by fifteen participants who would be admitted as prospective chefs, once their dishes are evaluated and scrutinized by the establishment.

It commenced with the tasting ceremony, which involved showcasing of individual dishes with their names. As the tables were studded with the dishes, the canvas was replete with the most distinguished preparations that signify the unique Indian tradition and also a legacy which is second to none. The participants interacted and shared their anecdotes with each other. This was an outstanding platform to connect with their peers.

It was then succeeded by a PowerPoint presentation, in which the founder of Nativ Chefs, Ms. Leena Dixit explained and outlined the basic concepts of Nativ Chefs. She also defined the vision, mission, and objectives of the organization. This was followed by a technical discussion compared by Madam Chitra Soni, who is a stalwart and is a much-revered personality in this field. She has over forty years of experience in the food sector and has tutored over one lakh students. She touched upon the core ideas of costing and budgeting of the dishes, which is highly imperative to the seamless functioning. Also, a host of other nitty-gritty like contract details and aspects, as well as FSSAI registration was covered. Hygiene factors were standardized. Stringent measures were adopted which would not be compromised.

Also towards the fag end of the event, interviews with the prospective chefs were carried out by the Nativ Chefs team, to break the ice and accustom them. This ceremony was a very hearty and warm welcome to the new talent that would be channelized into Nativ Chefs. A message to all participants:

“We look forward to working with you. Welcome aboard!”

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Indian Treasures: A toast to forgotten, unsung Recipes

We are currently on the anvil of the descending Internet era. With the onset of globalization and digital technology, our daily life has garnered some radical changes and is somewhat doing a somersault. But as the old adage goes, the same fire that melts the butter hardens the egg. Also, the same hammer that forges the steel shatters the glass into shards. Similarly, the onslaught of the factors above mentioned has had a humongous effect on the food culture in India. Meaning to say that, yes, the nanotechnology which is at large now has brought us closer and shrunk the world. But, as far as the food domain is concerned, it has ironically distanced and eroded our love for traditional homemade recipes, that have been passed from generation to generation akin to an heirloom. These recipes are tethering on the brink of oblivion and are now going kaput.T the culprit being the fusion food and invariably, so.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, there is good news too! We at Nativ Chefs endeavor to revive these treasured jewels and ensure that they remain evergreen. We persevere to choose avant-garde chefs who are originally from the region where the dish belongs. Their skills are like pearls in a shell which are of no use unless they have good exposure. Nativ Chefs gives them a platform to showcase their culinary talents as they treat the world as their oyster and paint the town red with their skills. They can celebrate their motherland and at the same time, discover their identity. They can work from the comfort of their abodes with flexible timings. The majority of our chefs are winners of prestigious cookery contests.

This would further bolster your faith in the delectable recipes made by these culinary wizards. For them, cooking is a religion. It is a language that tugs on the cockles of the heart and the coffers of the soul. They are distinguished and seasoned professionals which sets them apart from the crowd. We believe those cooks are artists and cookery is an art of self-expression. It reflects the redolent scent of the land, just like fruit is known by its tree.

Nativ Chefs conducted a cookery contest called “Indian treasures”, on the 10th of December 2018 at Chitnavis Centre in Tamarind hall. The timing is 12 pm to 4 pm. It was attended by over 55 participants and the overall turnout was over 120. There were four categories, namely:

  1. Vegetarian Snacks
  2. Non-Vegetarian Snacks
  3. Vegetarian Native cuisines
  4. Non-Vegetarian Nativ cuisines

Every participant was allowed to bring one or two guests.

Nativ Chefs thanked  NTC, Punit Super Bazaar, Whirlpool, VLCC, Waghamare Masale, & Gruhini ready mix for sponsoring the event.

The esteemed panel of judges included stalwarts like Madam Chitra Soni, who patronized the event and delivered fair and impartial judgment.

“Indian treasures”, was dedicated to forgotten unsung recipes and it was a traditional zeitgeist. The winners got a chance to be a part of the Nativ chefs team and to win attractive prizes as well.

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IIM-N’s prog helps 10 women come up with unique start-ups…unique-start-ups/

Nagpur : Leena Dixit has started her own online food delivery restaurant “Nativ Chefs”. She currently heads a team of 16 chefs and the number is set to increase soon. “IIM-N’s WSP helped me to realize my potential and become independent,” she says

Like her, nine more women forayed into entrepreneurship after completing the WSP. On Saturday, they interacted with the media and IIm students to share their success stories.

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First Chef Meet

We started our search for capable home chefs by ordering paid samples from them. We tasted the samples ourselves and shortlisted 18 most delectable dishes out of 52.

It is our priority to provide food that is true to its origin. We selected a total of 16 home chefs based on their skill, dedication, and willingness to share their talent with the world.

We held our first meet on the 23rd of July, 2018, at our office in the IIM Nagpur campus. Our main agenda was to familiarise our chefs with our business model. Other goals of the event included – working out the cost of every single dish selected, suggesting better methods of preparation with the help of our advisor, food photography for our website, and distribution of aprons.

We held our second meet on the 3rd of August, 2018. The goal of this event was to train our home chefs and set standards for the dishes they provide. Our advisor, Mrs. Chitra Soni, who is a celebrated chef in Nagpur, guided our team to help them improve their talent. Both of these events were an excellent opportunity for us to interact with our chefs, and we can’t wait to share their delicacies with you!