‘Food made from the heart fills the soul’

Agra: Sheroes Hangout café, an initiative of the Chhanv Foundation for Acid attack survivors organized a workshop with Chef Dr. Gautam Chaudhry, one of India’s top 10 chefs as a part of their skill development programme.

Gautam talked about various aspects of kitchen and service management to upskill our "sheroes" into independent women followed by a discussion focusing on methods and tips to maintain hygiene and food safety protocol in the food tourism industry.

Chaudhry in a hands-on activity made the healthy French croquette with the members while enlightening them on various aspects of Kitchen and Service management including the use of indigenous ingredients, waste reduction, the science of combination and contrast in making dishes presentable, understanding the preferences of customers and receiving genuine feedback for improvement by holding light conversations.

The chef, also a mentor at the Rasoi Queen panel, an initiative of COWE for women's upliftment through entrepreneurship taught easy and cool cooking methods like confectionary management, using catalysts like salt, and lemon juice to process the items, considering the survivors’ heat sensitivity.

He shared his views on the use of biodynamic food, healthy alternatives, use of ayurvedic principles to improve the food quality and customer experience. Responding to the questions, the ICF silver hat award holder expressed his interest in customizing a healthy and tourist-friendly menu for the Café.

“The one to put minimal waste into the bin is the best cook,” says the pioneer of the Progressive Indian Cuisine trend. The survivors expressed delight for the tips and suggestions and the guidance to receive association potential to pitch their careers.