In a recently concluded event at Pastry Queen India, our star faculty Chef Ishika Sharaf was declared as the runner up in the All India competition. As a permanent faculty of IBPA, we are proud of her achievements and would like to congratulate her on this outstanding excellence in the Bakery field.
Pastry Queen India is a leading platform for Women pastry Chef professionals working in the industry. Two main eligibility criteria were the professional female Pastry Chef and 20 years of age working under a reputable organization. Winner of this competition had the privilege to present India at the Ladies World Pastry Championship that will be held in the 42nd edition of the Sigep 2021.
This event occurs once every two years with a specific theme for the competitors. And this year’s theme was “The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci” with illustration in combining sugar and pastil-age harmoniously with their creativity. The competition was a two-day event from 30th November to 1st December 2019 and was held at the Indian School of Hospitality, Gurugram.
Contestants were given basic ingredients and equipment to build specific dishes with the following items.
Sugar Display (Including Pastillage) – (1)
Chocolate Cake – (2)
Dessert Based on Tart – (6)
Mini Pastry Finger Ring – (10)
Dessert in Glass – (6)
The competition was judged by a team of top Pastry Connoisseurs in the country and announced Chef Tanvi Chandawarkar, a Junior Sous Chef at the ITC Gardenia Bangalore. And our star Bakery Chef Ishika Saraf has adjudged the runner-up for her exceptional skills in Bakery. As per the competition rule, they could bring one assistant to help them prepare the stations. Chef Tavleen Kaur Gulati, the chef Instructor at IBPA assisted Chef Ishika for this pastry queen competition‘ 2019.
Ishika’s Journey to Star Faculty
Chef Ishika Saraf did a specialized course in Advance Diet & Nutrition after her Graduation in Business Administration. Then she entered the industry as a trainee Chef at the Hotel Tuli Internaunder the Head Chef of Patisserie to gain early experience in Bakery fundamentals. Thereafter She worked as the Assistant Cake Artist at K Cupcakes Bangalore. She then worked under the renowned Cake Artist Nicholas Ang and Tricia Tjhin at the White Ombre, Singapore. She had her first teaching experience at the Mountain Institute at Arizona as an assistant. She then founded ‘The Oven Story‘ – a home-business for cupcakes and similar baked items.
Currently, She is also associated with Sugar Angles – a non-profit bakery organization that sponsors birthdays for orphanages and several distributions drives to underprivileged children for a thriving community. She is also an active participant in various social causes for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged programs. She is a pioneer in the Bakery field and encourages women to be self-sufficient & supports drives for children’s education.
Chef Ishika is a permanent faculty member at the IBPA institute with a specialization in Sugar Arts and looks forward to transitioning the same skills to the next generation.