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May 28, 2013 > Cooking Extravaganza hosts Iron Chef

Cooking Extravaganza hosts Iron Chef

Submitted By Milpitas ICC

The India Community Center of Milpitas celebrated a successful cooking extravaganza "Cook it up with ICC" with renowned chef, Maneet Chauhan and over 150 attendees. Chauhan has been featured on The Next Iron Chef, Iron Chef America, and Chopped, where she remains a judge.

Chauhan kicked off the evening with a cooking demonstration, creating dishes directly from her new book, Flavors of My World. Audience members watched in awe as Chauhan whipped up each plate with expertise and a charming demeanor.

Embracing traditional Indian street food, the Golgappa Eating Competition featured ten men and ten women chosen randomly by Chauhan who faced each other in separate competitions to earn the title of ICC Gappa Queen and ICC Gol King. A popular street food commonly found in India, golgappas (also known as panipuri) are crispy deep fried spheres with hollow centers. Contestants raced against the clock as their stomachs expanded to house as many golgappas as possible within the allotted time frame to win a Gunter Wilhelm 8" Chef's Knife. Poonam Ahuja succeeded as Gappa Queen, with 24 eaten in one minute, while Rajiv Nema became victorious as Gol King, with 30 eaten in one minute.

For those who weren't feeling as indulgent, contestants battled it out to see who would claim the title of ICC Chola Chef 2013. Sujata Bhomkar, Vinita Prasad, Shweta Saokar, Vaishali Ukirde and Madhu Walia whipped up their best chole to serve audience members, who in turn, would vote for their favorite. Chauhan also personally sampled each chole, with Vinita Prasad coming out on top with the most votes. Her chole boasts traditional style chole with hints of mango. The evening ended on a positive note, with Chauhan autographing books and a donor event.

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