Photo of four candidates selected for the Kitchen Battle show. They highlight traditional Mauritian dishes and try new recipes. You’ll be able to see them in action during the “Battles” which will be broadcast on the Defimedia.info Facebook page and the TéléPlus YouTube channel. This cooking competition is organized by Défi Digital and TéléPlus, in association with Tea Blenders Ltd and Island Meat Distribution.
Soumia Baby Nadir: Head in Fryers
Cooking is second nature for 21-year-old Soumya Bibi Nadir. When this college student’s head isn’t in her books, we find her behind the stoves. She prepares delicious meals for her family, teachers, friends and for personal enjoyment.
“Cooking is the passion that allows me to forget about my problems. I feel comfortable in the kitchen. Because we need food to live, I think you should know how to have fun,” she says.
She started cooking at the age of 15. Her first layer, pasta, proved successful. It was the beginning of his culinary adventure. “I mainly cook the dishes that I like. Because not only do I like to cook, but I also like to eat,”
Cooking is a passion that allows me to forget about my problems. I feel comfortable in the kitchen”
Soomeiya Bibi Nadair mainly cooks Indian and Mauritian dishes: biryani, butter chicken, kebabs, typical Mauritian tikka, stews, kalia, fried noodles, fried rice, curries, grilled meats, starters and desserts of all kinds. She has more than one thread in her bow and she doesn’t like to tie herself.
“When I saw the ad for Kitchen Battle, I thought of telling my friends that vegetable biryani was taking their time. As I had a simple way to cook this dish, I wanted to take part and suggest it. For Soomeiya Bibi Nadair, it was a perfect opportunity to share her recipe with the audience.
She was normal in front of the jury during the auditions. “The jury made me feel at ease. I especially appreciate the efforts of the various participants with the support of their families. For this passionate chef, it is participation that matters more than winning. It is an experience to live.” I believe you will never stop learning. We learn new things every day. I would like to improve cooking and practice new techniques in less time for the next stage of the competition,” she points out.
Laura Sangeeleemootoo: The taste of sharing
Laura Sanguilimoto, the 42-year-old administrative secretary, regularly participates in cooking competitions. Her mother shares her love for cooking.
In college, she says, she never missed a cooking class. I am glad you then reproduced what you learned. This love grew after her marriage and when she became a mother. Especially since her husband is also a fan of gastronomy and the kitchen became their playground.
“She helped my husband who often prepared delicious dishes. So, I was his writer and ended up developing that love as well. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, he and I. She will be joined later by her children.”
Today, Laura Sangeeleemootoo cooks for her friends and family at parties and family events. “Being in the kitchen puts me in a good mood and allows me to de-stress after work. The kitchen is for me to share. It keeps me positive and gives me the opportunity to vent my feelings. For her, nothing compares to the pleasure of awakening the palate of her guests.”
Kitchen Battle is a starting point for developing my technical expertise. It’s a challenge to be able to benchmark myself against other enthusiasts.”
Chicken curry, smoked tuna with avocado and mango, duck breast and tandoori with curry leaves are some of his specialties. Mom prefers responsible cooking and advocates anti-waste.
“Food waste matters to all of us and I am working to raise awareness of it among those around me and my children.”
Quality is very important when cooking. According to Laura Sangeeleemootoo, there are many easy and delicious recipes that you can make using your leftovers. With bread: candy, french toast, subs, breadcrumbs. With fruits: compote, crumbled. With chicken: salad, chutney sauce.
During the tests, the chefs were attracted by her sense of detail and taste. “Kitchen Battle is a stepping stone to developing my knowledge. It is a challenge to be able to measure myself in comparison to other cooking enthusiasts. I also share my passion while learning. The jury’s comments were constructive for the future.”
The candidate is now preparing for perfection, while learning to manage her time. She intends to impress the jury with her creativity and taste.
Veeramootoo Murdamoothoo: promoting food in the past
Veeramootoo Murdamootoo (Vassou) is participating in a cooking competition for the first time. The 71-year-old applied for Kitchen Battle after hearing the announcement on Radio Plus.
“I have signed up to share my passion for cooking. I also want to show that you can prepare delicious dishes with foods from the past, such as bread. This fruit and its benefits are unknown to the new generation. While it was part of our diet before ”, confirms Curribibian. This is how breadfruit gratin is prepared for experiments.
He points out that he wanted to offer a common recipe, but with a rare commodity. “I usually make gratin with Christophe (my darling), calabash and pumpkin. I tried fruit bread for the first time and got the expected result,” he says.
Children do not have information about the benefits of some products of the past such as cassava. I want to show them
Previously, the pensioner says, breadfruit was available in a variety of dishes: cake, curry and boiled.
“This fruit is consistent. It was eaten boiled and greased with butter with a cup of hot tea. He regrets the fact that the new generation has become accustomed to fast food and processed foods.” Children have no information on the benefits of some products of the past such as cassava. I want to highlight them as he wants to promote the traditional dishes of Mauritian cuisine: fish curry with eggplant, chicken with dal gram with masala or fried lamb.
Veeramootoo Murdamootoo was born into a humble family. He was 10 years old when he fried an egg and chops meat. My mother worked in the sugarcane fields and lost my father when I was eight years old. As the youngest of seven siblings, I prepared certain meals. »
After receiving his school certificate, he took a job in the construction sector. He continues to cook after the wedding, although his wife also circles.
He admits that he has a flaw. Better cooking than cleaning the house. When I cook, I make a mess. When I’m done, I make an effort to put the produce and utensils back in place. »
He adds that his two sons inherited his talent. My son is in France. He loves to cook for those around him. When I go there, I prepare meals for the relatives who say they appreciate them. »
Dina Toloko: The love of good food
Jackfruit is a fruit that Dina Toiloko, 39, loves to cook. She prepared chicken and jackfruit vindaye to wow the jury during auditions.
“The idea was to work with a well-known and appreciated dish. I found the jack goes well with Fendi chicken. I added caramelized pineapple slices for a sweet touch. The dish wasn’t too greasy nor too spicy,” says one Henrietta resident.
Participate for the first time in a cooking competition. Kitchen Battle allows him to overcome his shyness, meet and interact with other cooking enthusiasts.
While browsing the Defimedia.info Facebook page, I saw the Kitchen Battle ad. My sons admire the cooking competitions that are broadcast on international channels. They encouraged me to participate because they wanted to see me on TV. In order to please them and to be seen as a star in the eyes of my children, I sent my application. »
Her children are 8 and 10 years old. They accompanied her during the tests. Radio Plus fans watching Allo Morris on the way to school.
My sons admire the cooking competitions that are broadcast on international channels. They encouraged me to participate, they want to see me on TV.
They appreciate the pastries that their mother makes for them. During the weekend, they are entitled to a special non-vegetarian meal. At school, they eat vegetarian meals. So I make them happy by cooking chicken with butter and lentils, for example, over the weekend,” says Dina Toloko.
His children’s hands often get dirty. Her husband also helps her to prepare the meal. “When I make a new recipe, he tastes it and gives me his opinion,” she says.
The 30-year-old has always loved her parents’ cooking. “When I was young, I was startled by the crackling of meat at the bottom of the pan and the smell emanating from it. I was quick to stir up ingredients,” she says.
Dina Toiloko would like to highlight the dishes her grandparents prepared before. “These days, children are turning to fast food. We can prepare it at home in a healthier and more balanced way. Thus, children will be more interested in tasting vegetables.”