MicroChef 2023 – The Second Helping!!
In commemoration of World Food Day, the Department of Microbiology, St. Xavier’s College Mapusa, Goa organised a competition on fermented foods “MicroChef 2003 – The Second Helping!!” on 19th October, 2023, coordinated by Dr. Trelita de Sousa under the DBT Star College Scheme in association with the Microbiologists’ Society, India (MBSI). In totality, 53 students participated (10 groups, each group comprising 4-7 students). Each group was given 2 minutes to introduce their dish, state its benefits, display a reel of its preparation, and present the final dish to the judges for tasting. Each dish was judged on taste, presentation, and creativity.
The students exhibited an array of delicious food and drink, from traditional dishes to exotic ones, savoury to sweet, hot and spicy to cool and refreshing! The winning dish was Idli Chaat prepared Ms. Dipali Chari (S.Y.B.Sc.), Ms. Ethika Gaonkar (S.Y.B.Sc.), Ms. Kajal Gaunthankar (S.Y.B.Sc.), and Ms. Padmaja Pinge (S.Y.B.Sc.). The competition was judged by Ms. Jocelyn Fernandes, Ms. Swaroopa Naik (Department of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s), Ms. Nadine de Souza, and Dr. Alisha Malik (Department of Microbiology, St. Xavier’s). The winners received trophies at the hands of the judges. All participants were given e-certificates.