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Men Cook up a Storm at Bhogalir Byanjan

Men Cook up a Storm at Bhogalir Byanjan
January 13
11:39 2018

Net Bureau

BHOGALIR BYANJAN, a cooking contest, exclusively for men was organized by 92.7 BIG FM at Culina, the Kitchen, Guwahati on Friday.

This year, the contest was focused among the men of the city who had showcased their culinary expertise through mouth-watering innovative delicacies. The initiative began with a call in for participation. An overwhelming response from the listeners made way to the top 5 finalist who were featured on-air as well as digitally.


Initial screening of the participants has been done by Guwahati Foodie- a popular online community of food lovers and enthusiasts. Questions were asked to the participants pertaining to food and cooking. The top 5 were selected based on their answers. Talking to Northeast Today, the admin of the community, Sisir Kumar said, “When BIG FM approached me for this event concerning men, I felt it was a splendid idea. A lot many competitions for women keep on happening. I think this is a very fair platform to find and bring out the creativity in the culinary side of men and to break the stereotypes, of course.”

Bhogalir Byanjan Contest

During the Grand Finale, participants served innovative delicacies using traditional ingredients like til, narikol, akhoi, chira, gur, doi etc. Innovations ranged from pitha to pedha to spicy veg and non-veg recipes with uniqueness in taste and presentation. Both traditional and modern flavor existed cohesively in the dishes that were served before the two judges; entrepreneur, chef and food expert Jumi Ahmed and singer Padmanav Bordoloi.

“I am really happy that BIG Fm has organized such an event. I personally appreciate the men who cook because I have seen them doing it not for the heck of doing it but as an art form. I feel more of such events should be organized to motivate the male enthusiasts”, said Jumi Ahmed talking to Northeast Today.

“These kinds of events, actually, help in breaking the stereotype that women are meant for kitchen and men for going out and work. We, belonging to the young generation, believe that men and women should work hand in hand”, added Padmanav Bordoloi.


Apart from the dishes from the contestants, the other attraction was the Sinpho thali presented by Culina, The Kitchen.

Commenting on this initiative; Cluster Head, Amrita Guha said in a statement, “We are extremely pleased to provide such a platform for cooking enthusiast and such endeavors gives room for the listeners to gather knowledge about their tradition and culture. Cluster Programming Head, Ruma Chakraborty added, “This year we thought to give a platform to our men to promote gender equality and to take this though to the mainstream that there should not be any demarcation in occupations based on gender. We are thankful to all our listeners and partners for their continued support and belief in the brand.”


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