I-day special: Eminent personalities of Lucknow turn chef for underprivileged children

Lucknow: In an event hosted by Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy under the aegis of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the Uttar Pradesh Child Rights Commission, eminent personalities of Lucknow gathered under one roof to mark the celebration of the 4th Anniversary of Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy clubbed with the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

The event was organised in the state capital and people from all walks of life were seen cooking for some 500 impoverished orphans and homeless children.

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Motive behind this event was to cook for the underprivileged children and to make a difference in the society. Event was seen as a perfect example of a Govt-administration-citizens-NGO-media partnership for standing together for cause.


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Several eminent personalities from different walks of life comprising of bureaucrats, writers, film-makers, chefs, officials, police men, journalists, academics, industrialists and politicians were seen wearing the chef’s apron and showcasing their culinary skills to some good use.

“The whole idea is to be seen standing by the side of the needy children and I am sure other than being fun, the whole do is going to bring the privileged in close contact with the children who are not so lucky,” said Gaurav Prakash, who planned the event.

Master Chef’s first winner and a celebrity cook, Pankaj Bhadouria, said “the community kitchen is an effort to bring together the residents of the city to cook for the underprivileged children and start a new and lovely, enriching partnership”.

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Among the well known people present on the occasion were Principal Secretary (Tourism) Navneet Sehgal, his artist wife Vandana Sehgal, senior IPS officials Navneit Sekera and IG of Lucknow A. Satish Ganesh, and politicians Aradhna Mishra and Juhi Singh. Chief Minister’s Secretary Partha Sarthy Sen Sharma, industrialist Kiron Chopra, fashion designer Asma Hussain, Proctor of Lucknow University Nishi Pandey.