When India won the silver medal at the International Culinary Olympics in Germany last month, the city had more than one reason to cheer. For Devwrat Jategaonkar, the medal winner, is an alumnus of Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (MSIHMCT), an institute based in Pune.
Devwrat’s margarine sculpture, titled ‘Oh Cinderella’ won him and the country the silver medal in culinary artistry category. This is the first silver medal won by the country at this Olympics.
Devwrat hails from Akola in Vidarbha region and has studied at Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (MSIHMCT) in Pune. He currently works as executive chef with Radisson Blu Resort & Spa at Alibaug.
MSIHMCT principal Sunetra Roday, along with alumni of the institute, felicitated Devwrat for his achievement last week at a function organised at the institute. Joint director of technical education PV Sarode felicitated Jategaonkar with a letter of appreciation.
Devwrat told DNA that the Culinary Olympics is held every four years like the sports Olympics. This year 1,800 chefs from 75 countries participated in various categories. He said the Olympics was organised jointly by the World Chefs’ Association and German Chefs’ Association in October at in Germany.
The making of ‘Oh Cinderella’
Devwrat Jategaonkar said he had prepared the culinary artistry creation, ‘Oh Cinderella’, from margarine and had worked on the same for almost two-and-a-half months. He said he prepared his entry at Alibaug and had to maintain a temperature below 30 degrees Celsius.
He had to carry his creation, which has dimensions of 3x3x3 ft and had to keep it below 30 degrees Celsius even during the journey to Germany. The participants are given the specifications and the entry has to be made according to these for the culinary Olympics held every four years internationally.0