Chocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.Chefs, chocolatiers and patissiers are all eligible to enter by putting a new twist on one of the nation’s top five desserts: brownie; cheesecake; cake; pudding; and ice cream.Then, hopefuls must share the details of their creation on www.fortheloveofchoc.com between 5 January and midnight on 1 March 2015.Two winners will be chosen – one over 22 years old and one under – for a four-night paid-for trip to learn more about the origins of chocolate.Robert Harrison, sales director, said: “The foodservice industry thrives on innovation so we’re really looking forward seeing what chefs come up with and rewarding the best of the best with a trip to one of our plantations. It really is a unique prize and one we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer.“There are so many interesting uses for chocolate and it’s an ingredient that works equally well for desserts as it does for afternoon tea and banqueting menus. Our recipes have been created to spark imagination amongst the industry. Strong consumer demand means there will always be a place for chocolate on menus but caterers really need to expand their offering with wow-factor dishes to keep customers coming back for more.”More information is available at www.fortheloveofchoc.com.
Rishabh Pant continued his impressive form with the bat in England as he hit another fifty during India A’s second innings against England Lions in the only unofficial Test at Worcester.India A lost the match by a huge margin of 253 runs but Pant and Ajinkya Rahane’s form will provide some relief for the Indian team, which included the duo in their Test squad for the first three matches against England.Pant, who was unbeaten on 37 at stumps on Day 2 of the match against England Lions, received the call up on Wednesday before the start if third day’s play. He has been included as the backup wicket-keeper in India’s Test squad. The left-hander then completed his fifty before getting clean bowled for 58 off a Chris Woakes delivery.In the second innings, he followed it up with a 71-ball 61 and was the only batsman in the India A team to score a fifty in the second innings as the visitors were bowled out for 167 on the last day of the Test while chasing 421.Pant’s good run of form should boost the chances of him getting a match in the upcoming series. However, the chances of that are pretty slim as Dinesh Karthik, who replaced the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the one-off Test against Afghanistan, is likely to play ahead of Pant.The 20-year-old was in destructive form in the Indian Premier League, hitting 684 runs from 14 matches at an average of 52.61. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman slammed one century and five half-centuries for Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL. On the back of it, Pant was selected for India A’s tour of England as well.advertisementAnd so far, he has hit four half-centuries and has performed decently behind the stumps as well. Pant has 17 dismissals in eight matches including 16 catches and one stumping so far and is perfectly acclimatised to the English conditions as well as he arrived early in June for India A’s tour.Other than Pant, Rahane’s form will also be a positive for Kohli and Co. The Team India vice-captain didn’t get big scores but dug in there and played two gritty innings in the only Test. He scored a 137-ball 49 in the first innings and got 48 off 70 balls in the second essay. Rahane’s stay of 316 minutes at the crease from both the innings combined, will give him loads of confidence going into the Test series against England.However, Murali Vijay’s form may worry the team and can well tempt them to start with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as the openers in the first Test. The Tamil Nadu opener only mustered scores of 8 and 0 from the two innings against the England Lions attack that boasted of bowlers like Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Matthew Fisher, Jamie Porter and Jack Leach.The trio of Pant, Rahane and Vijay will now join the senior squad and train with theam ahead of the first Test, which starts from August 1. Following that, the next four Tests will be played at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).India squad for first three Tests vs England:Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.
Sachin Tendulkar has rejected BCCI’s observation that his alleged Conflict of Interest falls under “tractable category,” terming the parent body “responsible for the current situation” arising due to his role as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee and an ‘Icon’ of Mumbai Indians.In fact, Tendulkar in his 13-point response (in possession of PTI) to BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain has requested him to call Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and CEO Rahul Johri to “clarify their position.”According to the BCCI’s constitution clause 38 (3) (a): “Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and – or – with full disclosure of the interest involved.”All three CAC members — Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman — have been served notices by the Ombudsman cum Ethics officer DK Jain and all three have rejected in their initial affidavits.However what seems to have angered the legendary cricketer is BCCI CEO Johri’s letter (in consultation with CoA) to Jain where just like Ganguly, Tendulkar’s issue has also been termed as a case of “tractable Conflict of Interest,” a contention that the iconic cricketer firmly rejected.The most pertinent points where Tendulkar has given a strong rebuttal are points 10, 11 and 12.”Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the noticee’s empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee (“CAC”), is presently taking a position that the noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. It is reiterated that the noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015,” Tendulkar has stated in his response.advertisementJust like Laxman, Tendulkar also reiterated that neither the CEO nor the CoA had ever clarified the terms of reference with regards to his appointment in CAC.”The noticee (Tendulkar) has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC – but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory/ recommendatory role – and therefore, the noticee’s role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC.What has possibly irked Tendulkar is BCCI’s contradictory stand which he has specified in point No 12.”The noticee fails to understand how the BCCI (after having appointed him to the CAC) can now maintain its current stand that he is in a position of ‘tractable’ conflict of interest. The BCCI Response does not clarify this variance in its stance and the noticee requests the Hon’ble Ethics Officer to call upon BCCI Officials, Mr. Rahul Johri and Mr. Vinod Rai to clarify this position.”Tendulkar also pointed out how he had recused himself from the recruitment process of the national U-19 selection committee as his son Arjun was a contender in the Colts team.”It is critical to note that the noticee had specifically written to the BCCI in respect of the potential conflict of interest that could have arisen in the aforesaid scenario,” he wrote referring to that particular situation.What has hurt Tendulkar is the fact that he is being asked questions despite serving Indian cricket for two decades.”The noticee has served the Indian cricket team for more than 2 decades and accepted empanelment with the CAC to help and contribute towards the growth of Indian cricket. It is unfortunate that the noticee has to clarify the questions raised in the Complaint and BCCI Response.”The noticee repeats that BCCI is responsible for the situation created in terms of the noticee’s honorary empanelment to the CAC even though he was a Mumbai Indians Icon at the relevant time. The BCCI shall be called upon to clarify the issue,” Tendulkar also mentioned in his response.Also Read | BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw thrilled after dinner with Sachin Tendulkar