By Simply the City Correspondent
The Chefs Association of Five Rivers (CAFR) is organising its annual event – CAFR 3rd Chefs Conclave & Awards 2018 at Chitkara University, Chandigarh. To be attended by over 700 chefs from across the country, the conclave is scheduled for September 15 with the theme ‘Sapta Sindhu’.
Well-known chefs like Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Chef Tej Razdan, Chef Sanjiv Verma and Chef Navdeep Sharma founded this association, which now has 1000 chef members from across north India. CAFR was founded to recognize the international culinary excellence and achievements of chefs in the region of Punjab and Chandigarh.
CAFR is a nodal body comprising of chefs, food historians, food scientists, food writers, and educationists and researches from across north India. CAFR is under the aegis of Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) and is also a member of World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). “The association aims at developing individual skills and knowledge groups where chefs can connect, share and learn about products, materials and database when it comes to technicalities and crisis management,” informs Chef Sanjiv Verma, Vice President, CAFR.
About the Conclave
Elaborating about the conclave, Chef Tej Razdan, President, CAFR said that the conclave aims at bringing to life the culture and food practices of undivided Punjab (from 1800 AD to 1950 AD). “The Conclave will begin with a panel discussion with eminent chefs and food historians discussing the ‘Journey of Food, Ethnic Equipment and Cooking Practices of the yesteryears, the Lost Recipes and the origin of modern day Punjabi cuisine’. There will be special emphasis on the discussion around the future of the cuisine and challenges going forward,” added Razdan.
The panel discussion will be followed by a presentation by ‘Feeding India’. In the current technologically advanced times, bloggers and social media influencers are an essential element of any industry. Hospitality industry is no different. In sync with this, the event will be well attended by bloggers of national repute. A second panel discussion will also be held where leading chefs and bloggers will talk it out in session titled ‘Chef Vs Blogger’. The purpose of the discussion is to throw light on digital media marketing practices and how the industry and chefs can benefit from it. Also, the food bloggers attending get to understand behind the scene culinary challenges. The discussion will be followed by culinary recognitions — Restaurant Categories Awards, Best Food Bloggers followed by Chef Awards.