"Food is the essence of healthy living", said Dr. Chef Damodharan, President of SICA, celebrity and Guinness World Record holder at the International Chefs day 2020 celebration organised by SRM Institute of Hotel Management (SRM IHM), Kattankulathur. The theme for this year's event is 'Healthy food for the future' with a special focus on Rural Empowerment for Women.
The event was held at State Institute of Rural Development Tamil Nadu - Maraimalai Nagar and had Damodharan preside over as Chief Guest, Dr. T. Anuradha MBBS, District Designated Officer Food Safety Department Kanchipuram & Chengalpattu District and Chef Shri Bala, Consultant Chef Food Historian, Tamil Nadu& Kerala Brand Ambassador of EatwithIndia were the Guests of Honour.
The event was held with all the safety protocols in place. Director of SRM IHM Dr. Antony Ashok Kumar welcomed the gathering. Apart from International Chefs Day, SRM IHM also celebrated World Food Day 2020 and World Tourism Day 2020 on the occasion.
The event was held as a training, demonstration and a speech on heritage and food adulteration for the empowerment of self-help group and Rotary Inner Wheel ladies.
Speaking to the audience Chef Damodharan stressed on the importance of chefs being health themselves in the first place.
"There is nothing like eating mother's cooking because it is tradition and medicine to health. There are several ingredients that we use in our kitchen that helps us improve our health and well-being," he said. He also demonstrated how to cook a healthy meal in the comfort of our homes. "Eat well, exercise properly and enjoy life," he added
Dr. T. Anuradha MBBS, said that we get all sorts of products in the market. "We should know the difference between pure and adulterated food. However, many are moving towards unhealthy food which leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating proper food in the right quantity is essential for a good and healthy life. Our health is in our hands." She did a demonstration on how to find adulteration in the product/groceries that we buy.
Shri Bala stressed on the importance of using food as medicine. A firm believer of this and has been following it herself. She explained how parents can provide tasty food for children at home without adding artificial colour or flavouring agent.
"Change has to begin at home and we can provide a balanced, tasty and healthy diet without using any artificial colouring or flavour agents." Shri Bala also demonstrated making a nutritious and balanced meal using our own pluses.
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti in his addressing focused on the importance of eating healthy food and how it has come into practice in the last six months. "The COVID has given us an opportunity to go back to our traditional food. Food and hotel management can never be done online. Our aim must be to remove malnutrition with sustainable food," he said.