February 3, 2006

Virtual Cooking Competition – Q1 2006

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We are quite excited in announcing to you My Dhaba's Virtual Cooking Competition (VCC) planned to be conducted every quarterly. Here is our invitation to food and drink lovers from all around the world to participate in this culinary competition.

Purpose?
The virtual cooking competition aims to honor excellence in food blogging, recognize the individuals, to develop and raise the visibility of food blogging and creative talent, and showcase the participating and competition winners' food and drink recipes. We hope that you would enjoy and have great fun by participating in My Dhaba’s one-and-only virtual cooking competition.

Who may participate? The entries may be submitted by any food lover – food and drink bloggers, website owners, noncompeting chefs, and culinary students worldwide.

What to submit? Let us start off the culinary competition with the theme "appetizers (any cuisine)" for VCC-Q1 2006. There should be an end-result picture and its original recipe details for the submitted entry. Each entrant may submit up to 3 recipes. Submitted work must be preferably the orginal work of the entrant. Entrant is soley responsible for obtaining necessary authorizations to use a copyrighted recipe and also in giving proper credit to the original source of the used recipe.

How to submit?
1. Nominate your favorite recipe by e-mailing it to us (info.vkn@gmail.com) with VCC–Q1 2006 in the subject line or as a comment to this post.
2. Recipes from food bloggers/web site owners eligible for entry must have been blogged or published during the period from January 1, 2006 until March 31, 2006.
3. You may also want to tag your entries as follows – [Tagged with: : ]
4. Even if you do not have a blog or a website, you can still participate in this culinary competition by sending us an email (info.vkn@gmail.com) with recipe details and a scanned picture of the end-result.
5. Please ensure that you mention your name, blog/website name, permalink URL to VCC recipe post, the name of your recipe, recipe source, etc., in your mail to us.
6. Only the nominations received by email or a comment to this post are accepted.
7. When an entry is processed, the nominator will receive an email receipt confirming the entry.
8. My Dhaba is not responsible for any incomplete or disqualified entries.

Public opinion poll: The VCC - Q1 2006 results will be solely based on a public opinion poll to be conducted during April 11-April 20, 2006.

Prizes, gifts, and sponsors? The award winner will receive a gift from My Dhaba team and other sponsored prizes. Winners will be notified by e-mail after the general announcement of winners on April 21, 2006. Prizes, gifts, and sponsors are yet to be announced.

Deadline? The deadline for entering into the VCC - Q1 2006 has been extended to April 10, 2006. Entries cannot be accepted afterwards unless the deadline is officially extended.

We welcome you to participate in VCC-Q1 2006. Nominate your favorite appetizer recipe! Don’t Miss It!

For more information or to get help in nominating a recipe, feel free to contact us (info.vkn@gmail.com).

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53 Comments:

Anonymous Gini said...

This is really exciting VK. I love appetisers and hope to come up with something fun!

2/03/2006  
Blogger IBH said...

have been asilent readerof ur blog and have tried out some of ur recipes...


am excited abt the same too VKN

2/03/2006  
Blogger Kay said...

VKN, should it be a origina recipe or is it ok to try somebody else recipe (and ofcourse give credit) ??

I'm interested in participating! :)

Btw, I was holding my breath and waiting for kodumai-halwa (which uses milk extracted from soaked and ground wheat) I've eaten it once and it was heavenly!. If you have the recipe, can you post it please.

2/03/2006  
Blogger Sury said...

Neat idea, VKN! My question is same as Kay's--does the recipe have to be original? Will look forward to participate :)

2/03/2006  
Blogger Meenal Mehta said...

vkn ..

hi , iam sorry iunable to understand how this is a tag :)

i saw your comment on my food blog and wanted to know.

btw great idea , what did you say the deadline was ?

2/03/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Kay - Kodumai-halwa. I have never heard about this before. Thank you for mentioning about it. Let me do my research to get its recipe.

2/03/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Meenal - deadline is March 31, 2006.

2/03/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Dear everyone - thank you. We need all of your extended support in making this happen.

Kay/Sury - Preferably an original recipe. We think if proper credit is given, it is perfectly fine to try out somebodyelse's recipe also. Your inputs.

2/03/2006  
Anonymous Indira said...

Finally an event with prizes, that's my kind of event. Thanks for thinking of this event, VKN.

You didn't mention the number of entries one could submit to this event. Only one?

I like the theme, who wouldn't love appetisers, particularly if made by someone?:)

2/03/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Welcome Indira.

Let us for now start off the event with only one entry per chef. Hope that is fine.

2/03/2006  
Anonymous Lera said...

Vkn,Oh this is such a fun idea & great theme ....

2/03/2006  
Blogger Kay said...

Okie! This sounds fun! I will rack my brains and come up with an original recipe or an old recipe with a new twist or something like that.

The funny thing about that halwa I mentioned before is, I ate it at home, made by my mother and father - They dont' remember the recipe now and don't remember where they got it too. :( I've been searching for this recipe, so if you find one, I'd love to try it. Thanks VKN!

2/03/2006  
Blogger Kay said...

Btw VKN, there's a mistake - if the last date for entry is March 31rst - how can the top 10 recipes then go for a public poll during the last week of March 2006 ?

2/03/2006  
Blogger Lady Amalthea said...

Oh, this sounds like such fun! Good thing there's some time to look into appetizers. Yum!

2/03/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Kay - thanks a ton for notifying that point.

The top 10 recipes will only go in for a public poll during the first week of April 2006. We are amending it henceforth.

2/03/2006  
Anonymous Swati said...

Wow! Sounds wonderful! Not a blogger but can't resist posting on my friend's blog. This competition seems like one of its own kind. Never heard before.

My Best Wishes to everyone and specially to vkn for coming up with such great ideas.:)

Good Luck!

2/04/2006  
Blogger Ashwini said...

VKN, great going. I'd love to participate. A couple of points - * can you specify vegetarian or non-vegetarian. It doesnt matter to me but its always better to have a level playing ground.
* If you want original recipes then make it clear. Dont give the participants any preference. Imagine if I racked my brains and came up with something original, and someone else made a very beautiful looking dish whose recipe was given to him/ her by someone else...Who would you choose?
* I hope you dont take offense. These are just ideas to make your life easier and the competition a success (in my view)!!!

2/04/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Ashwini - thank you for your inputs. You are welcome.

Veg/non-veg - both are welcome. This is just to accommodate all food lovers.

Original recipes - As mentioned before, original recipes are the preferred ones. Those will get additional points. We think if proper credit is given, it is perfectly okay to try out somebodyelse's recipe also.

There will be predefined set of judging criteria, which are yet to be confirmed. We will keep you posted once those are confirmed.

2/04/2006  
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

VKN, Thanks for letting me know about the competition. I will be back my march 18th. Will post once I am back.

2/05/2006  
Anonymous Shyamala Sathiaseelan said...

VKN, the kodumai halwa that Kay has mentioned I guess is gOdhumai halwa (aka Tirunelveli halwa) :)

btw, great idea!

also, can you mention how many entries each one can submit, please...

thanks

2/05/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Swati - thanks and welcome to be My Dhaba's honored guest of the day. How are you going to participate in this culinary competition?

2/05/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Priya - hope you are thoroughly enjoying your vacation in god's own country, Kerala. How is it going on?

Shyamala - you are right on Kodumai halwa. I never knew before that such a halwa exists.. silly me. I am looking out for an authentic recipe to cook that one at My Dhaba. Do you have one? As mentioned before, let us for now start off the event with only one entry per chef.

2/05/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Lady Amalthea - we look forward to see your chosen appetizer recipe.

2/05/2006  
Blogger Priya said...

Iam so excited in this comp, i bet i could get some interesting recipes on appetizers, are u going to post all the entires or only the winners?

2/08/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Hi Priya - The top 10 contesting recipes will go for a public poll during the first week of April 2006. We will show off all the contested recipes and the winners in the same post. Can't wait too long to see your chosen appetizer.

2/08/2006  
Blogger Holy Jalapeño said...

Hi VKN,

the contest sounds like fun. I just entered the food blogging world with my own blog at http://holyjalapeno.blogspot.com, thanks to inspiration from you and other foodie bloggers! Perhaps yours will be the first contest I will participate it! can't wait to concoct some appetizers.

2/27/2006  
Blogger Santhi said...

Sounds so much fun.
I am definetly in for the competition. Would be so interesting so see all the entries.

3/07/2006  
Anonymous tony of bachelor cooking said...

My entry is up sir..
Here it is at http://anthonyskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/03/liver-fry.html

3/08/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

HJ and Santhi - you are welcome. Can't wait to see your entries.

Tony - liver fry looks so tempting. Thank you for ur participation.

3/22/2006  
Blogger ramya said...

I am a new blogger sending entry for appetizers.
http://exploringculinarygems.blogspot.com/2006/03/persimmon-pudding.html.Please acknowledge the same.Thanks in advance.

3/23/2006  
Blogger ramya said...

I am a new blogger sending entry for appetizers.
http://exploringculinarygems.blogspot.com/2006/03/persimmon-pudding.html.Please acknowledge the same.Thanks in advance.

3/23/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

Ramya - Noted. We have included persimmon pudding to the contesting entries.

3/26/2006  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hello VKN,
My entry for the VCC - Q1 2006 is here:
http://menutoday.blogspot.com/2006/03/pumpkin-soup-items-needed-white.html

Please acknowledge. Thanks.

3/27/2006  
Blogger Sumi said...

HI,
Iam new to the food blogging world and I should say that your blog literally introduced me to that world, while searching for a receipe in the internet.
Today Iam very excited to participate in this VCC event.
Here is my entry to the VCC - Q1 2006.
http://sumiskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/03/stuffed-mushrooms-vccvcc-q1-2006.html

3/27/2006  
Blogger RP said...

Here is mine.
http://myworksh0p.blogspot.com/2006/03/vegetable-frittata.html

3/28/2006  
Blogger Saffron said...

Hi VKN, here's my first entry for the VCC http://saffronhut.blogspot.com/2006/03/fusion-confusion-chipn-chaat.html

I'm hoping to send in more as/when time permits!!

Cheers!

3/28/2006  
Blogger Santhi said...

Here comes my entry VK.
http://mykatha.blogspot.com/2006/03/fave-five-snacks-1-and-2-mirchi-bajjis.html

3/30/2006  
Blogger Sumi said...

HI Vkn,

Iam new to the food blogging world and got introduced to this exotic world through your blog.Today Iam very excited to participate in this VCC event.
Here is my entry to this event.

http://sumiskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/03/stuffed-mushrooms-vccvcc-q1-2006.html

4/01/2006  
Blogger Sumi said...

Iam new to the Blogging world.I should say that your
Blog literally introduced me to this wonderful
worlds,which I didn't knew existed until then.Today Iam very excited to send in my entry from by own blog to the VCC event held by you.
Please find my entry in the link to my blog.
http://sumiskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/03/stuffed-mushrooms-vccvcc-q1-2006.html

4/01/2006  
Blogger Luv2cook said...

Hi V.K.N:

Here's my first entry to the competetion. I am hoping that I will have time to submit other two next week.

http://cookingmedley.blogspot.com/2006/04/discovering-new-things-spaghetti_01.html

Thanks you,

4/02/2006  
Blogger veggie said...

Hi VK...
I am new to the blogging world...this VCC sounds too good to be true...i came to know abt this from santhi..i am thrilled to submit mine....

http://foodbytes.blogspot.com/2006/03/paneer-kabobs.html

best wishes and cheers.

4/04/2006  
Blogger Sumi said...

Hi VKN,
Heres my second entry to the VCC cooking event

http://sumiskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/03/onion-masala-pakoda.html

Thanks,

4/05/2006  
Blogger Saffron said...

Hi VKN, here's my second entry to the VCC blog event.

http://saffronhut.blogspot.com/2006/04/fabulous-fakes-samosas.html

and just so you have both my entries together, here's the link :)

http://saffronhut.blogspot.com/2006/03/fusion-confusion-chipn-chaat.html

cheers!

4/05/2006  
Blogger Nandita said...

I just saw your blog for the first time today VKN. I am absolutely amazed by the professional way in which it is managed. The photos, the presentation and your link ups to other food bloggers is truly commendable. Probably the best networked blog in the entire food blogosphere

Sadly, i just saw the contest details. I hope I manage to do something to put in my entry before the deadline

Would love to add you to my fav links

Great work
Nandita

4/06/2006  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Hi VKN,
Here's my entry for the competition.

http://happyburp.blogspot.com/2006/04/asparagus-bruschetta-with-goats-cheese.html

Thanks.

4/08/2006  
Blogger RP said...

Here is my second entry.
http://myworksh0p.blogspot.com/2006/04/popcorn-shrimps.html

4/09/2006  
Blogger Luv2cook said...

VKN:

Second entry is located here:

http://cookingmedley.blogspot.com/2006/04/panini-desi-style.html

Thank you for reminding me. For some reason, I thought the deadline was tomorrow!

4/10/2006  
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi VKN,
Here is my entry :http://vineelascooking.blogspot.com/2006/04/crunchy-taco-shells.html
Thank u.
Vineela

4/10/2006  
Blogger Sury said...

Hi VKN. Thanks for giving me a wake up call about this event. Now that I missed making something for it, please consider this post to be my entry (Beet Chops):
http://limadelhi.blogspot.com/2006/03/weekend-herb-blogging-red-beet.html
Thank you :)

4/10/2006  
Blogger vkn said...

It is going to be a great show tomorrow. Thank you very much everyone for participating. See you all tomorrow at the show. Cheers!

4/11/2006  
Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Hi VKN,
Here is my entry to My Dhabs's VCC-Q1,
http://kitchenmate.blogspot.com/2006/03/thair-vadai-dahi-vada-lentil-donuts-in.html
Thank you.

4/11/2006  
Blogger Luv2cook said...

VKN:

Last minute entry. Thank you for the reminder you gave me :)

http://cookingmedley.blogspot.com/2006/04/spinach-chutney-with-chapathi-chips.html

Thanks,

4/11/2006  
Anonymous Lera said...

Hi Vkn, Thanks for reminding me...I would like to submit a dish of mine for the VCC-Q1 2006,if the deadline is still not over..:)Anyways, Vkn, I am looking fwd to see the competition unfold with all it's colourful entrees....Happy Blogging :)

4/11/2006  

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