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Indian-origin chef Joshna Maharaj shortlisted for new global prize

Canada –based Indian-origin woman chef Joshna Maharaj

London, May 31 (UITV)- Canada –based Indian-origin woman chef Joshna Maharaj has been selected among the top 20 finalist of a new 100,000 euro international prize set up to recognize the chef who has made the most exceptional contribution to “improving society through gastronomy”.

Joshna Maharaj was nominated for the Basque Culinary World Prize for her work with several hospitals and institutions in the country to help them serve better food to patients.

The award total is 100,000 euro, and it will be an annual award to celebrate one chef of any nationality whose work has shown that gastronomy can be a powerful force for change. The award seeks to recognize those men and women whose impact can be felt beyond the kitchen.

The Toronto-based chef, writer and activist credited her selection to her Indian-origin. “I hope it will provide some fuel and spotlight for these bigger conversation around institutional food change and community food security it opens up a whole other audience for this conversation, and really affirms the idea that there is a role that chef can play as change agents in communities,” said Maharaj.

The prize was launched earlier this year by the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic universities with a well-known research and Innovation Centre in the field of food and gastronomy.

This important award will be given to those who are dedicated to a project of their choice that shows the wider role of gastronomy in society.