Achievement With the win at the IKA/Culinary Olympics Umasankar Dhanapal hopes to release his book on vegetable and fruit carving
With the bronze medal he has won at the IKA/ Culinary Olympics 2012, Umasankar Dhanapal hopes to lift his book out of the limbo. This interesting story began in 2009, when he set to work on a book about vegetable and fruit carving, assisted by a local photographer and a designer. He made a hard copy of the manuscript and solicited feedback from Chef Ludek Prochazka of Czech Republic, gold medallist in three editions of IKA/ Culinary Olympics (2000, 2004 and 2008). The Czech chef advised Umasankar not to publish the book immediately, but focus on winning a medal in any big international culinary carving competition. “Chef Ludek told me recognition of this nature would be an important marketing tool for the book,” says 30-year-old Umasankar, who serves as field trainer – KFC, Yum! Restaurants.
The Indian took this suggestion. And he surprised everyone by the way he acted on it. He began to train for ‘Category D1: Culinary Artistry Show Piece — Vegetable and Fruit Carving at IKA/ Culinary Olympics 2012 in Germany.
Umasankar went to the Czech Republic in August 2011 for a week of coaching at Ludek's carving studio.
As a member of the Indian Federation of Culinary Association, he represented India as a lone participant at the 2012 edition of the Culinary Olympics. Winning a medal at a prestigious event — where over a thousand participants from 54 countries converged — is a great gain. (Umasankar has a Facebook page that displays his works )