Community feast: A Celebration of food with innovative recipes

Children, youth, men and women of Mawmihthied, East Khasi Hills joined NESFAS and Chef Joel Basumatari during the cooking demonstration that was held today, October 30, 2019, in the Mawmihthied community durbar hall compound.

During the cooking demonstration workshop

This capacity-building workshop was also followed by a community feast where everyone got the opportunity to taste the 6 dishes prepared by Chef Joel and 9 dishes prepared by the Mid-day Meal (MDM) cooks of Mawmihthied.

Joel Basumatri shares his comments for the day:
“Communities should have feasts, especially for children, so that they are gathered together to understand the food system of their own community and are aware of the local resources available”.

Chef Joel Basumatari and the local MDM cooks of Mawmihthied

The event saw the active participation of the community members. Chef Joel and the local cooks did their best to innovate interesting recipes with the locally available ingredients. We hope that through this demo the initiatives on Mid-Day meals in the local communities are strengthened by using local resources. This programme is also aimed at providing ideas for the local cooks (at home or institutions) to increase the diversity in the plates with interesting recipes.

Diana Kharakor, MDM cook said, “It was a privilege that I got this opportunity to be part of this workshop as I learned so much today.”

Khrawkupar Lyndem, a community member of Mawmihthied said, “The food that I cook has always been simple. With interventions like these, I am learning more. Also, cooking local ingredients in different ways is not only tasty, but they are also nutritious”.

The cooking demonstration 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’ as part of the ongoing GIZ project.

Local cooks of Mawmihthied prepare their dishes

During the cooking demonstration workshop

Basumatari, a member of the Slow Foods Chefs’ Alliance, holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Thames Valley University and also from the International Institute of Hotel Management (Kolkata). He has worked at the Crown Plaza London, Washington Mayfair, and the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.

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2 Responses to Community feast: A Celebration of food with innovative recipes

  1. Once again another wonderful day for the NESFAS communities with Chef Joel, a friend and a wonderful guide to all of us when it comes to taste and plating of local food. The comments from the community members are very apt. Nice to see Rani Khanna in the meeting and you never know some of these shots could land in her planned documentary called 3000 Steps, the main reason why she is there on behalf of TIP.

    I did not see too many young mothers. Was the participation of young people significant?

    Thank you NESFAS Team and Joel and the community members of Mawmihthied.

  2. Thank you GIZ for your financial support that enabled us to take these initiatives to our local communities and also engage well known experts from within North East India. We hope to have a stronger collaboration with GIZ as mutual facilitators for the well being of young indigenous peoples in North east India and around the world.

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