Who has not heard of Dan Cake? They have been stealing the hearts of the nation ever since they started their journey back in 2015. So it should come as no surprise when they announced their one of a kind dessert competition, 'Dan Cake Dessert Genius 2018', earlier in July this year, it was widely received which the sheer number of applicants had revealed.
Well, like all good things, it must come to an end, and what an end it was! The Grand Finale for the Dessert Genius 2018 was held on Friday, 19 October, 2018 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. The finale brought together the final 10 contestants, out of the 500 entrants, for a final showdown, to be decided by the expert judges present at the event.
The stage was decorated in an extremely colourful fashion, not to be confused with anything other than a Dan Cake event, complete with small pedestals showcasing their various products.
Klaus Eskildsen, Managing Director of Dan Cake A/S Denmark; Mahfuzur Rahman, Chairman, ATN Bangla; Nazim Uddin Ahmed, Chairman Pandughar Ltd. and Dan Foods Ltd.; Khandker Md Touhiduzzaman, Director Dan Foods Ltd.; and Firoz Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, Dan Foods Limited were present at the occasion, along with other senior members of the company.
The event kicked off with the announcements of the judges, which included Alpana Habib; Rubin H Farouq; Mahbuba Chowdhury; actor Riaz; Fazle Rabbi, Sous chef of Pan Pacific Sonargaon; chef Anzara Sheikh; and culinary expert Afroza Naznin Shumi.
From that point on, each of the 10 contestants were asked to come on stage to present their unique desserts, with certain highlight moments such as incorporating amra (hog plum) in a chocolate cake etc. After the tasting round, there were some eye-catching performances to dazzle the guests, but more importantly, to take the edge off until the main event, the announcement of the winner and runner ups.
While it is true that everyone who participated is a winner in and all by itself, there can only be one true winner in such a heated competition, and that winner is Mehnaz Rahman, followed by Umme Rumana Sharmin and Afrin Shawrna as the first and the second runner-ups respectively.
The winner of the competition gets to go a trip to Denmark with a partner, while the first and second runner ups win a cheque of Tk 2 lac and Tk 1 lac respectively.
The show concluded with a live music performance by 'Nowshin & Friends'.
And with that, this year's the Dessert Genius Grand Finale came to an end, and with it, an amazing evening, both for the participants, and the guests.
By LS Desk