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April 30, 2013 > Cook it up with ICC cooking celebration

Cook it up with ICC cooking celebration

Submitted By India Community Center

India Community Center invites the public to an array of culinary events with special guest Iron Chef Maneet Chauhan. Chauhan led the kitchens of Vermilion in both New York and Chicago to exceptional reviews from Bon Appˇtit, USA Today, Time, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Town & Country, Business Week and O Magazine, as well as getting a stunning 3-star review from the Chicago Tribune. She then ventured out on her own and founded Indie Culinaire, an avant garde culinary and hospitality company. In a short period of time she has established herself as an honorary figure and a leading volunteer for prestigious culinary schools, industry events, and premier non-profit foundations.

The only Indian female ever to compete on "Iron Chef" and a fierce competitor on "The Next Iron Chef," Chef Chauhan is now a full-time judge on the Food Network hit show "Chopped," which has been nominated for a Critic's Choice Award. She has received the prestigious James Beard Award of Excellence.

At the 10th Anniversary Cooking Festival on May 3, Chef Chauhan will judge the efforts of young chefs as they vie for the title of "ICC Teen Chef 2013." Three high school students will be competing head-to-head in an Iron Chef-style competition; contestants will be featured on local and national TV channels.

For those with hearty appetites, there will also be the first ICC Annual Gol-Gappa (pani puri) eating competition in which contestants will consume gol-gappas. How many gol-gappas can you eat in one minute? 10 men and 10 women, selected for two separate competitions, will be crowned as "ICC Gol King" and "ICC Gappa Queen."

If gol-gappa eating isn't your thing, join the Chole (Chana Masala) Cook-Off Competition. Cook Indian Chana Masala in your kitchen and bring it in for the ICC Chola Cook-Off 2013 Competition. The audience will taste the servings and score them in a ballot alongside Chef Chauhan. Entries will be judged based on taste, innovation, and presentation; the best five will be awarded with trophies. The first-prize winner will also receive a set of Gunter Wilhelm Cookware.

This is a free community event. Register at to attend or participate in one of the contests or to learn more.

Cooking Festival
Friday, May 3
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
ICC Milpitas
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas
(408) 934-1130

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