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Chefs on a mission


In honour of International Chefs Day, Goa’s culinary community led by the Culinary Forum of Goa (CFG) came together in celebration. As part of the celebration, lunch was served to 350 underprivileged children at Fr Agnel’s Ashram, Verna.

International Chef’s Day is the one day of the year dedicated to professional chefs. Observed worldwide on October 20, it is celebrated in more than hundred countries and at thousands of establishments by millions of F&B industry professionals. The founding initiative is by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).

The function was attended by all sections of Goa’s hospitality industry, such as chefs of hotels and restaurants, owners, professionals, vendors and hospitality students, along with minister and chairman of GTDC, Nilesh Cabral. Along with awareness raised of this important industry day, the goal was to empower chefs to host their own small charity event at their respective properties to inspire the younger generation to give with an open heart.

“Goa’s chefs have been commemorating this special day for many years, with charity activities, competitions, quizzes, felicitations and industry events. For the last six years the CFG has hosted an interaction and lunch served for 300 plus underprivileged kids. As the participation is growing every year, we feel it’s the right time to make a much larger impact to help many more underprivileged people in the coming years and also make a large donation of groceries to their ashram,” said vice-president, Culinary Forum of Goa, chef Sunit Sharma.

A blood donation camp was also organised by the Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, Cavelossim in collaboration with the Lion’s Club and Victor Hospital and powered by the Culinary Forum. Over 120 professionals and other hotel staff volunteered to donate blood. WICA chefs travelled from Mumbai and Kolhapur to participate. Chef Jerson Fernandes and general manager, Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, Vishal Khosla served a buffet to all participants.

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