It was yet another successful year for the annual event, ‘Boss-e-Kitchen,’ a competition for food-lovers and wannabe, budding chefs, organized by Red FM.

The ‘cooking competition’ in Siliguri drew in several contestants, who battled it out in kitchens in posh apartments across the town. While some major cities across India have already witnessed the event, this was the first time that it was held in Siliguri.

The first stage of the event was held in 12 posh apartments in the town, mostly HIG apartments, where around 10 persons from each apartment participated in the event. Two from each apartment were selected as the finalists.

Twenty-four contestants finally made it to the grand finale round that was held in a private educational institution in Siliguri on 22 June. “To keep everyone under an umbrella, we had decided to bring in more rules for the finale. The rules were that they had to make one dish, in which protein and carbohydrate should be present, and they too had to use mango in any form,” said Mithun Banik, the programming head of Siliguri Red FM.

“This is the first time that Siliguri got to witness ‘Bosse-Kitchen’. It is one of the popular activities conducted by Red FM. There are some other programmes done by Red FM like, ‘College ke tasaan baj’, in which we search for talents in colleges, ‘Red FM ka thappa’, in which we rate restaurants and individual businesses and give them awards. This way, we celebrate so many activities round the year and ‘Boss-e-Kitchen’ is one of the popular among them,” added Mr Banik.

Earlier ‘Boss-e-Kitchen’ was held in different parts of India like Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur, Guwahati and Asansol. The winner for the Siliguri ‘Boss-e Kitchen’ was Puja Sarda of Green Vista Apartment, while the first runner up was Nisha Chawdhary of Green View Apartment, while the second runner up was Kritika Agarwal from Model Town. The judges for the event were Debashish Chakraborty, Anirban and Dolly Thapa.