Shillong: Community members from Mawmihthied bagged the first prize at the Local Chefs Competition held on Monday at the Mawmihthied Community Hall, organized by the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS). The competition was held under the theme ‘Enhancing nutritional diversity as a means of supplementing the mid-day meals (MDM) of primary school children using local resources”.
MDM cooks, cooks from the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and youths from other four communities (Nongtraw, Umdiengpoh, Laitsohpliah and Dewlieh) under East Khasi Hills district also took part in the competition and produced a total of 37 dishes. A recipe book will also be published for distribution among communities across the State.
Diana Kharakor, member of Mawmihthied community and participant at the chefs competition, said, “As parents we have come to know that are many varieties of nutritious edibles that are available in this area. We should take the time to forage and get wild edibles and vegetables from our fields itself to bring home and cook them for our children.” She added, “We should also be clean and tidy as it contributes to our good health.”