Non-profit Vibha holds SelectChef 2021 competition with Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna

Three finalists of the SelectChef 2021 competition being briefed by Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna Oct. 23, 2021 in New York, before they plunged into making time-bound dishes in a bid to win. Non-profit organization Vibha hosted the event with support from HSBC bank. Photo: courtesy Vibha

SelectChef 2021, a brainchild of Michelin Star Chef and humanitarian Vikas Khanna and the non-profit organization, Vibha, held its finalists’ cooking event Oct. 23, 2021, in New  York. HSBC USA was the Title sponsor of the event.

Executive members of HSBC bank, supporter of the SelectChef 2021 competition attended the Oct. 23, 2021 event in New York, seen in picture with Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna. Photo: Vibha

Apart from the competitors, the event was attended by HSBC bank’s executive management including VP General Counsel Mark Steffenson, Regional Head Drew Douglas,  Director Analytics Sainath Gajendran, and NRI Lead Jaspreet Basetty.

Three chefs selected as finalists by Chef Vikas Khanna, for the SelectChef 2021 competition, are seen cooking their time-bound dishes Oct. 23, 2021, in New York,. Photo: Vibha

The goal of SelectChefs is to bring chefs and foodies back to their roots, treasuring and preserving the age-old grandmother and family recipes for future generations.

Of the many who submitted secret recipes, Chef Khanna personally selected 3 winning ones, a press release from Vibha said.

The weather miraculously cleared up minutes before prime time and the 3 finalists Geeta Gwalani, Deepa Nayak and Bhushan Patil were briefed by Chef Khanna on the rules of the contest. Till then all these winners knew was that they were cooking with Chef Khanna in New York City on October 23.

They were now expected to prepare a time-bound dish.

SelectChef 2021 winner Deepa Nayak, being congratulated by Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna at the Oct. 23, 2021 event organized by the non-profit Vibha, supported by HSBC bank. Photo: Vibha

After a great friendly competition, the winner of SelectChef 2021 was Deepa Nayak.

Volunteers of Vibha, a non-profit, who worked hard to make the SelectChef 2021 competition a success, pose Oct. 23, 2021, with Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna, center. Photo: Vibha

Vibha volunteers worked tirelessly to making this event successful, organizers said. The totally volunteer-driven organization works on projects that help educate children in need. To date, according to the organization, they have reached 2.3 million children since 1991.




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