Eureka Araujo (27), a Goan, has won the title of Pastry Queen India 2017. The second edition of the show saw five women chefs from across India participating in the competition. Rumana Jaseel from Incredible Art-Kochi was declared the first runner up.
Araujo has studied hotel management at the Institute of Hotel Management in Goa. After completing the course she pursued her management training with the Taj Group of Hotels for two years.
The competition was held at Academy of Pastry Art by Hammer and Italian Exhibition Group in association with Elle and Vire. The event took place over the weekend and is aimed at recognising the creativity and innovations of pastry artists.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘Astrology’. Araujo had chosen sunsign Scorpio as her subject. “I thought of going for Scorpio and depicting the theme through all my desserts and show peice because all my close friends, family are Scorpios. I am a Virgo. The two signs get along pretty well,” Araujo told IANS.
Araujo found the contest, “exciting and challenging at the same time”. “It was all worth it,” she said, adding: “The cherry on the top of the cake was winning it.”
According to a news report by IANS, The criteria for judging the contestants was ‘professional skills, and ability to provide a practical demonstration of trends and progress in pastry arts.’
The contestants were judged on their professional skills, and ability to provide a practical demonstration of trends and progress in pastry arts.
The young Goan chef will represent India at the Ladies World Pastry Championship in Rimini, Italy in January 2018. She will receive training at the Academy of Pastry Arts to prepare for the international competition.
“I would be getting to take India to the International level. Representing your country on such a huge platform could be the best thing for me,” she told IANS.
Araujo has already begun planning for the international event. “Only three-and-a-half months are left to go for it. So, a huge amount of planning is required. Let’s see how it goes,” she said.
Other participants of the event were chefs Riya Arora from The Leela Palace, Bengaluru, Reema Gupta, The Oberoi, Mumbai and Radhika Kulkarni from Taj Lands End, Mumbai.
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Information credit: IANS.