Calcutta Club Hosts South Asian Live Culinary Contest Cuisinart 2017 on Feb. 25 in Maynard, MA

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MAYNARD, MA–Calcutta Club is organizing Cuisinart 2017, a novel fusion of a South Asian live culinary contest and a parallel Asian art exhibition on Sun, Feb 26th at Maynard Elks Lodge in Maynard, MA, organizers of the event said in a statement.

Cuisinart 2017 will be held from Noon to 5: PM. It builds upon last year’s successful Cuisinier debut, a unique event among the US diaspora. The Indian Consul General Ms. Riva Ganguly Das will be the Chief Guest and will come from New York to exclusively attend Cuisinart 2017.

“Food and art have a natural synergy. Cuisinart seeks to encourage rising Indian sub-continent artists showcase a portfolio of paintings and drawings to art aficionados as well as stimulate non-professional cooks to prepare vintage South Asian delicacies within 30 minutes and wow discerning judges,” Chitro Neogy, founder of the event, said in the statement. “In the process, the participants develop confidence and have a lot of fun performing in a supportive environment.”

Photo credit: Suhaib Siddiqi

He said the program will feature 10 Indian artists, 12 chef contestants and 4 dancers. Visitors can attend this event for free with prior registration online at

Much of the noveau art at Cuisinart had not been publicly displayed in Massachusetts earlier, providing a premium opportunity for collectors and galleries to acquire some unique Asian art specimens.

“You will have a chance to stroll through the works and chat with the artists in person. Then walk over to the other side and check out the culinary delights taking shape in the expert hand of the contestants,” Neogy said.

Photo credit: Suhain Siddiqi

Ruma Neogy, Calcutta Club USA  co-founder and one of the key organizers  of the event, said: “We’ve added a few new features this year to make Cuisinart truly exciting and inclusive. There will be a live art development activity accompanied by a diverse style dance medley. In the culinary segment, a key attraction includes the 4 x 30 minute men’s free style round. This was implemented per an observation that all entries last year were women and we want to emphasize that cooking is a gender neutral activity.”

She said that male contestants are excited to sign up for Kaun Banega Cuisinier.

“We also have a new round called the Global Outreach where all contestants will be of non-Indian origin preparing South Asian delicacies – a great demonstration of inclusiveness, in current trying times,” Ruma Neogy said.

Added artist and Calcutta Club member Indranil Ghosh:  “When I look around, I see a very strong presentation of performing art forms of India in this nation – classical and folk dances, diverse genres of music, and of course Bollywood. But I have seen a very little representation of Indian Fine Art – contemporary or modern – though we all love to paint.  Glad to receive a platform through the club to bring talented  artists together and showcase the riot of colors and limitless imagination – based on thousands of years of culture, social lessons, and Indian upbringing. I am very encouraged by the enthusiasm of participating artists.”


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