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AAK Kamani organises 3rd Kamani Bakery Challenge; Second essay of KFC
Thursday, 23 January, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
AAK Kamani Pvt Ltd, India’s leading specialty oil and fats manufacturer, organised the third edition of its flagship event, the Kamani Bakery Challenge (KBC), and the second edition of Kamani Frozen Dessert Challenge (KFC) at the Sheraton Grand, Bund Garden, Pune, recently.

The event saw remarkable response from the top bakeries in the city. Eminent chefs, bakery owners and artisans from Pune participated in the exciting challenge.

The first half comprised judges tasting the new innovative products created by the participants, followed by announcement of the winners and felicitation in the evening.

The esteemed panel of judges for this season comprised Amit Dash, executive chef, Westin Pune; Shivrang, executive pastry chef, Westin Pune; Alok Singh, executive chef, Marigold Banquets, and Sumedha Jalgoankar of Foodiesys Consulting.

The short-listed products were judged by the jury on the parameters of taste and texture, design and production, health, and innovation.

The Kamani Bakery Challenge was divided into three different categories - cookies, egg cakes and eggless cakes.

In the cookie category, the winner was Temptation Foods. Ismail Bakery was the first runner-up, and RK Foods was the second runner-up.

In the egg cake category, Ismail Bakery was the winner, with their cranberry, beetroot and jaggery cake. Crown Bakery and Golden Bakery were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

The eggless cake category was won by Humma Bakery, followed by Temptation Foods and Saad Bakery.

Commenting on the success of the event, Arun Varma, vice-president, sales and marketing, AAK Kamani, said, “We have always been a believer of healthy living and building a fitter generation.”

“Pune is one of our key areas that have shown a lot of acceptance in opting for healthy oil for baking. We, at AAK Kamani, strongly believe in being a co-development partner with our customers to boost their products and provide our expertise,” he added.

“It gave us great pleasure to host the KBC event in Pune for all the participants who came together and created innovative and healthy products. KBC is an avenue we look forward to every year as it paves the way to highlight some of the brightest talent in our industry and also appreciate them,” Varma said.

Dash said, “I really liked the concept and initiative taken by AAK Kamani to encourage aspiring bakers of Pune. There were some great concept of cakes and cookies, and I thank AAK Kamani to invite me to this event.”

Singh said, “I enjoyed this wide spread of healthy cookies and cakes. Every concept is quite unique and different and I congratulate the participants and AAK Kamani for this successful event.”

Shivrang said, “The participants have done a phenomenal job with the cakes and cookies. I relished the judging at AAK Kamani Bakery Challenge and congratulate the winners.”

Jalgoankar said, “The thoughts behind every preparation were beautiful. Not only the taste, but the health aspect of the cookies and cakes was also maintained. I appreciate each participant and hearty congratulations to all winners.”

The challenge saw an overwhelming response from the top frozen dessert (FD) manufacturers in the city. They created innovative and healthy frozen desserts using Koolex, a premium specialty FD fat prepared by AAK Kamani.

The short-listed products were judged by the jury on the parameters of uniqueness, appearance, nutritional value, structural stability and others.

During the evaluation took place, new products and recipes were tried and tested for quality and innovation purpose. The winners were announced on the same day.

Under the health and innovation category, Walko QSR was declared the winner. Siddhivinayak Food and Sanjivani Ice Cream were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

For the Vanilla FD category, Kawre Ice cream was announced the winner. RTS Foods and Rich Treat won the first and second runner-up title.

AAK Kamani follows co-development as its core philosophy where they work together with their customer and provide assistance to achieve their business goals. KBC provided a unique opportunity to all the participants to not only promote their healthy products but also exchange ideas with other experts from the industry.

Commenting on the success of the event, Varma said, “The second edition of Kamani Frozen Dessert Challenge has been a great success. I am extremely thankful to our esteemed judges and participants for making our event triumph.”

“AAK Kamani has always been in the forefront to provide the best to our customers which help them grow their businesses. We hope to reach out to more locations in India and create long lasting business relations,” he added.

The winners were felicitated by an esteemed panel of judges comprising respected members from the frozen dessert industry. Among them was Shrirang Vartak, independent frozen dessert expert; Milind Salvi, technical director, The Icestay Projects, and Shyam Telang, research and development, Pan India Foods.

Speaking on the occasion, Vartak said, “With 48 years of experience in the FD industry, I was very glad to be a part of the Kamani Frozen Dessert Challenge. These kinds of events help small manufacturers grow and improve the quality of their ice cream. I hope that AAK Kamani continues to organise more such events.”

Expressing his views, Salvi said, “After their first successful edition in Mumbai, KFC has witnessed great response from Pune. Our feedback has been taken into consideration and happy to see the innovation brought by the participants.

Telang said, “It is a great platform for manufacturers to showcase their talent, and I congratulate AAK Kamani for this successful event.”

The FD category has witnessed substantial evolution in the recent past. Healthy, sugar-free and plant-based FD has garnered boundless interest from customers.

AAK Kamani, as a pioneer in specialty, semi-specialty products and solutions within the bakery and confectionery sectors, is also a leader with their FD solutions, providing customers the same taste of their favourite desserts, which are also healthy.
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