New Delhi, Nov 15: Eating a cheese-dripping pizza or chocolate-filled doughnut was a fantasy for a group of shelter home children until they actually held it in their hands this Children's Day.
Seventy girls from Khushi, a shelter home for girls in the city were secretly asked by volunteers of NGO Feeding India for a dish they have always wanted to have but could never afford.
The NGO then organised an event "Chhoti si Aasha" where they invited some celebrity chefs to surprise the children with their dream dishes whipped up by chefs of five star hotels.
Chef Manjit Gill- Corporate Chef of ITC Group, Chef Ritu Dalmia - co-owner of Cafe Diva, Chef Manish Mehrotra - corporate chef at Indian Accent and Chef Abhishek Basu - Executive Chef of The Park helped make the day a memorable one for the children.
While the children were busy playing indoor games and participating in painting competition, the chefs surprised them with balloons and wished them. They soon got a cake to cut and celebrate their day.
"It was such a joyful experience and a very touching one. We made paneer kathi roll, pudding, French fries, burgers and every dish the children had wished for. Not only the dishes, we even made sure that their plates were full and we helped them with second serving as well," Chef Basu said.
After serving lunch, the chefs also spent time with the children playing games and decorating a banner which is now placed in the center of the small shelter home. The overwhelmed children thanked the chefs with hand-made cards. "I now have 30 to 40 greeting cards all made by the children," said Basu.
Srishti Jain of Feeding India said, "There were wraps, pizzas and doughnuts which are easily accessible to most kids in urban cities today.However, we were surprised to know that these girls had never tasted these dishes. Some kids had never seen doughnuts."
The aim of the event was to show that if celebrity chefs can step out to serve food to these children on one day, then why can't all of us help feed needy people regularly?, said Ankit Kawatra, founder of Feeding India, which says it has fed 4,45,000 meals in over 20 cities since last year.
Feeding India channelises excess food from individuals, weddings and restaurants to the people who have no means or access to food.