What does doing good taste like? Succulent galauti kebabs with crisp parathas? A nourishing bowl of khao suey? Or maybe the sweet and tangy mix of crêpe suzette with berries? And what about the aroma? Does doing good smell like a dollop of butter sizzling in the pan as it waits to roast a clove of garlic? Or does it have the sharp flavours wafting from a Hunan grill?
Saturday, February 7, 2015, gave us the answer to these questions—the smells and taste are all these and more. On this day, when the sun made an extra-special appearance to shoo away the winter blues, 11 CEOs traded their suits with aprons and chef hats. This was the 11th CEOs Cook for GF Kids, an event where CEOs get behind the counters to dish out a delectable spread and raise funds for critically ill children. At this one, there were 11 CEOs, spanning various industries, raising funds for 8 children who needed support. They displayed their flair for cuisines ranging from Mughlai to Burmese, French to Brazilian, Hunan to Italian.
The invitees also included the who’s who of the corporate world, donating their time as well as money to fulfill the event’s aim. Together, the Celebrity Chefs, the invitees, the sponsor and the partners helped make the event a huge success, with funds covering the treatment of all 8 children.
For everyone at the event, the fun, food and laughter were just one part of the story—it was these 8 children that mattered the most. Of these children, Preeti and Grebeally suffer from cancer, Daksh and Irfan are due for surgery to fix extreme deformities, while Arooh, Arnav, Subhi and Affan are all undergoing treatment and surgeries for cardiac disorders. Their treatments range from Rs 22,000 to over Rs 3 Lacs—costs that their parents and care-givers simply cannot afford. Through the day it was the thought of these children that made everything a lot more meaningful and satisfying.
Even as the Celebrity Chefs indulged their culinary flair, the invitees tapped their feet to live music played by Melvyn Fernandez, Pragnya Wakhlu and Akshay Deodhar, with impromptu performances by those in the audience as the day progressed.
The day was filled with fun, laughter, conversations, delectable food and just the sheer spirit of the cause. At the back of everyone’s minds was a realisation that there were 8 lives that we made a difference in. The glow that emanated at the end of the day was a testimony to that.
To view the highlights of CEOs Cook for GF Kids, February 7th 2015, Gurgaon, click here