New Delhi, Nando’s, the South Africa based international chain of casual dining restaurants serving Afro Portuguese cuisine hosted National Grillers’ Challenge 2015 at Nando’s restaurant in Cyber hub, Gurgaon. Grillers’ Challenge is an annual event which is one of the most engaging internal events of Nando’s to motivate and appreciate the grillers. After a challenging competition between the top grillers from Nando’s New Delhi, Chennai, Punjab and Bangalore, the National Challenge was won by Mr. Mahesh Chand from Bangalore. He will now be going to Vancouver, Canada to represent India in the International Grillers’ Challenge.
Nando’s Grillers or ‘Nandocas’ battled it out in the Regional Grillers’ Challenge in the first week of July. The winners were flown to New Delhi for the National Challenge along with the Patraos of their respective restaurants. They were taken for a fun-filled city tour, gaming activities and sight-seeing. The day of the main event had a red carpet welcome for the grillers. The competition saw four finalists take to the grill, cooking a whole, fresh chicken to perfection before serving it to a panel of guest judges, including food connoisseur - Mr. Osama Jalali; eminent F&B writer and blogger - Ms. Rupali Dean; celebrated Chef - Mr. Shailendra; MD of MJ Logistics (Logistics Partner of Nando’s) - Mr. Anil Arora and Sr. Director, Deloitte, Mr. Rahul Vig and a huge Nando’s lover. The judges were asked to rate the chicken on the basis of browning of skin, grill marks, cutting of the chicken, basting, tenderness, juiciness and overall brand fitness. The winner of the National Grillers’ Challenge was the hard working, immensely skilled and warm natured Nandoca Mahesh from Bangalore. He will participate in this year’s International Grillers’ Challenge where Nandocas from around the world will compete for the title of the Best Griller 2015. Nandocas will also be treated to a fantastic array of events while in Vancouver including a special gala dinner and a fun-filled tour of the cultural city. “It’s the Grillers who make the chicken that we are so proud of! Grillers’ Challenge is the time to celebrate the Grillers. We wish to make the India National Grillers’ Challenge the most unforgettable experience for our Grillers. So we’ve taken care to ensure that each touch point in their journey of the National Challenge from start to finish is truly memorable!” said, Mr. Sumeet Yadav, CEO, Nando’s India. This year’s National Grillers’ Challenge was a great extravaganza not only for the Grillers but also for Nando’s loyalists and many bloggers as they were invited to witness and be a part of the celebration of Grillers’ Challenge with Team Nando’s as the restaurant was closed for regular walk-ins.