By LCpl Ishaq Thakuri
This year’s nationwide The Hospitality Show British Open competition was held in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham between 21st to 23rd January. This competition runs every year where we get an opportunity to show our culinary skills in various categories. There were larder, pastry, sugar craft, restaurant plates, live cooking and numerous other competition classes.
Three Gurkha chefs from 2ITB Gurkha Company Catterick competed in this competition in the “Works in Fat” category. Cpl Kedar Singjali and I were in the senior class and Pte Raju Thapa was in the junior class. I made a horse sculpture as did Cpl Kedar Singjali, whilst Pte Raju made a dragon sculpture. We completed the sculptures by manipulating blocks of fat with our bare hands over a period of two weeks. We took our sculptures on the 20th January to the exhibition where there were many competitors with their piece of art. We were excited about the competition and more importantly about the results. Finally the judges announced the winners: Cpl Kedar Singjali won a silver award; and Pte Raju won a gold award in the junior category. As this was my first competition, to my surprise I won the gold award as a Class Winner, Best in Category and Senior Grand Prix D’Honneur. Most significantly, it is an honour to be declared as a Senior Grand Prix D’Honneur.
Besides producing the various cuisines on a daily basis for soldiers, we managed to do something spectacular with blocks of fat and won fantastic individual rewards. To compete in a national level competition is no ordinary thing, but to be a winner at that level is extra ordinary. To win those prestigious awards was a huge achievement for us, for Gurkha Company, for Gurkha Chefs, for QOGLR and for The Brigade of Gurkhas.
Jai Gurkha Chefs, Jai QOGLR