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The Bakers Arena Presented by The Chefs Arena and Haldiram's





The Bakers Arena

A unique online baking competition where you get to learn from the experts, compete and win

Associate Sponsors– Rich Graviss and Amity University, Jaipur



Outreach Partners: 


In a country like India with the youngest population in the world, and not enough job opportunities, there is a felt need for programs that focus not only on building essential skills, but also take the skills to another level by exploring these as an entrepreneurial option, leading to an additional source of income.


The Bakers Arena is one such initiative that is a ray of hope towards self-reliance and self-employment. The Bakers Arena is the baking edition of Cook a Dream. Cook a Dream is a unique event that combines a contest with workshops to challenge the participants as also handhold them by educating them along the way.

While on one hand, we want to use this platform to encourage more and more people to bake, especially the children and baking enthusiasts segment, by elevating their skills to a more professional level, we are also endeavouring to help people interested in baking set up their business through the learnings from this competition, the reason why all our workshops are free and open to everyone.


The Bakers Arena is open to all those who love to bake and are taking their first steps in baking. The workshops that are a part of the contest model would focus on the basics of bakery, patisserie, and confectionery, setting up a successful bakery business from the start, pricing the bakes correctly, and different ways of marketing them.

How to Register?


Registrations are open online on www.cookadreamchallenge.com23rd June 2021 to 04th July 2021


Contact person

Sumit Jha  - 9764062266


Deepa Natarajan  - 8779798027

deepa@cookadreamchallenge.comRegistration Platform

Registrations Open online at  


Important Dates

Registrations Open – 23rd June 2021


Registrations Close – 4th July 2021


Videos for Category 1 uploaded on YouTube Channel - 4th July 2021


Workshop Dates – 5th July to 14th July


Submissions for Round 1 – 14th July 2021


Announcement of finalists for Category 2 and 3 – 20th July 2021


Submissions for Round 2 – 12.00 noon on 24th July 2021


Announcement of Winners – 11.00 am on 25th July 2021



Final Result Announcement

Final results will be declared during an online session with all the finalists, other participants and jury members on 25th July 2021 at 11 am.


The contest is open to:

Category 1: The 12-18 age group

Category 2: The Open Category 

Category 3: The Professionals


Eligibility - Who can register

Category 1: The 12-18 age group

  • All students from Grade 8 -12

  • Anyone in this age group

Category 2: The Open Category

  • Home bakers and hobby bakers

  • Students from IHMs, Catering Institutes and other Colleges

  • School/College Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents

  • This category is open to all, including those from Category 1, who are interested, but not for those in Category 3


Category 3: The Professionals

  • All professionals working in the bakery/culinary industry


Registration Fees




How will the contest be conducted?

The contest will be conducted online and will be judged by experts on the basis of the recipe, photos and video submission.


For category 1, there will be only 1 Round involving registration and submission of recipes online.


The Category 2 and 3, the contest will be held in two stages:

  • Stage 1: Registration and submission of recipes online

  • Stage 2: Submitting recipes with a higher level of difficulty for the Final Round


Many exciting prizes have been lined up for the winners. Besides taking away a memorable experience and learning from the specially curated workshops, the participants stand a chance to win:

  • A grand prize for a selected best performer

  • 1 Winner and 2 Runners Up prizes per category – total 9 prizes – this would include cash prizes and hampers

  • 7 Finalists prizes per category - 21 prizes – Gift hampers would be given to these finalists

  • All Registered Participants would be given Participation Certificates


Contestants Journey

Category 1:

  • Register on the website

  • Choose the baking task for Category 1

  • Replicate the recipes from the list and elevate them by adding your own special touch

  • Submit the photographs and videos of you baking and elevating the recipe

  • Get judged by the eminent jury and win prizes


Category 2 and 3:

  • Register on the website

  • Choose the baking task for the respective category

  • Follow the brief given for the respective category

  • Submit a recipe with a higher level of difficulty for Round 2

  • Get judged by the eminent jury and win prize


Category Tasks 

Category 1 - Round 1 Baking Tasks - This Category has one Round only

The participants have to bake: Brownie and Pizza

  • Watch the preloaded video on Cook a Dream Challenge’s YouTube Channel

  • Replicate the recipe

  • Elevate it by adding your own touch

  • Submit your video recipes

  • Top 10 finalists and Top 3 Winners


Category 2 - Round 1 Baking Tasks

The participants have to bake: A 1/2 kg cake with icing and Bread

  • Any cake of the participant’s choice

  • Confectionery/Icing could include whipped cream, fruit gels, chocolate, or Indian confectionery like kaju katli, kalakand, motichoor laddoos, rasmalai etc.

  • Bread could be Indian or international

  • In alignment with the brief provided

  • Share video recipes

  • Top 15 go to the final round 

  • Submit a recipe with a higher difficulty level based on the brief provided to the Top 15 selected participants

  • Top 3 get declared as winners


Category 3 - Round 1 Baking Tasks

The participants have to bake: Petit Fours & Laminated pastry

  • Confectionery/Icing could include whipped cream, fruit gels, chocolate, or Indian confectionery like Kaju katli, kalakand, motichoor laddoos, rasmalai etc.

  • In alignment with the brief provided

  • The laminated pastry could have Indian or International origins

  • Share video recipes

  • Top 15 go to the final round 

  • Submit a recipe with a higher difficulty level/based on the brief provided to the Top 15 selected participants

  • Top 3 get declared as winners


Evaluation Criteria

The evaluations will be done on the following parameters:


Round 1:

  • The replicating of the recipe with precision/following the brief given

  • Choice of complementing ingredients to elevate the recipe

  • The measuring of ingredients and baking temperatures including preheating

  • Alignment of the recipe to the photographs and video shared

  • Creativity, presentation and out of the box ideas


Round 2:

  • Following the brief given

  • Level of difficulty

  • The final appearance of the bakes

  • The final presentation and tasting of the bakes (tasting won’t be done for any of the rounds).


Who will evaluate?


The recipes will be evaluated by a panel of judges which would include different sets of experts from the culinary/bakery industry for different levels. This would involve junior and senior pastry chefs and food experts. The same would be updated on the website


Jury Parameters


  • 15 Finalists will take a self-assessment and marks will be allotted for the same

  • Points will be allotted to the cross-section of the bake and its composition

  • 30% of the marks will be reserved for innovation

  • Some points will also be reserved for entrepreneurial ideas for business

  • The medium of baking, i.e., oven, cooker, sand bath etc. will be considered

  • Extra points will be awarded for inclusion of local ingredients

  • The scores of both the recipes (mentioned as baking tasks for each category) will be added to arrive at the final scores


Additional Points


  • Pizzas could comprise thick crust or thin crust

  • Bread could be any variety; leavened or unleavened 

  • Bread should include ingredients that are nutritive, immunity boosting, and healthy 

  • The quantity of these ingredients should be visible in the final product

  • The recipes can be baked with or without eggs (but for the vegan baking tasks)


Procedure for submitting the recipes

Every participant needs to submit the following for Round 1:

  1. A video and photos for both the recipes as mentioned in the baking tasks. 

  2. If the participant submits only one recipe, the entry will be disqualified

  3. A video recording of the preparation of the recipe reduced to under 3 minutes. The participants face must be visible during the video and the participants have to introduce themselves by telling their name, city, and Unique ID number. Please note, any video which is more than 3-minutes long will be disqualified (refer the instructions for recording videos in the FAQs section of the website).

  4. Every participant is required to submit 3 photographs – 

    1. One of the finished baked product. 

    2. One of final product with the participant holding it and clearly visible

    3. One of the cross section of the bake, cut in the middle to reveal crumb/the inner side of the bakes

  5. Recipe – A detailed recipe along with the ingredients and method has to be submitted in the prescribed format of the Recipe Sheet provided below.

  6. The participant's can talk as they bake

  7. The videos with background music will be disqualified


Videos, Photographs, Recipe and Method has to be submitted through email to:

Detailed instructions will be shared through email.

For the second round, the details would be shared with the finalists only.


Instructions for recording videos

  • All safety precautions should be taken while shooting the video in a clean kitchen

  • Ensure that there is enough light

  • Shoot the video in a landscape mode, holding the phone horizontally

  • Do not shoot on a selfie mode, use the rearview camera for shooting the video

  • Ask a friend or a family member to do the video shooting

  • Use oven mittens/gloves to keep your hands safe from heat

  • The video should not be longer than 3 minutes

  • The video should not miss relevant steps – for example placing the cake batter in the oven, pre-heating, setting the right temperature, getting the cake/bake out of the oven, testing the cake etc.

  • Share a well-edited video

  • Videos longer than 3 minutes will not be eligible for the contest



Recipe Sheet

Only use kg, gm, L, ml, teaspoon and tablespoon for measurement

Name of Participant:__________________


Participant Unique ID:________________


Category of Recipe:___________________


Name of Recipe:______________________















No. of portions served:_____________________


Photograph of the recipe: 



Pre-heating Time __________

Baking Temperature in Celsius__________ 

Baking time ____________________

Step 1 :___________________________________________________________________________

Step 2: _____________________________________________________________________________

Step 3:_____________________________________________________________________________

Step 4:______________________________________________________________________________

 Total weight of ingredients:___________________

Special Ingredients used in the recipe 1._____________ 2.________________ 3.______________


Rules & Regulations


  • Any complaint/disputes shall be within the jurisdiction of the Courts of Pune.

  • The decision of the organisers and the company is final in all cases of complaints.

  • Finalists' profiles and the recipes will be added and promoted as The Bakers Arena winners on social platforms and in published media.

  • The competition is open for Age Group Above 12 years.

  • This competition is not open to any employee or family members of Draft Services.

  • By entering this competition each entrant confirms that his/her entry is their wholly-owned creation.

  • Entries will not be returned or removed from the link once posted.

  • By submitting an entry, each participant grants Draft Services a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry.

  • The cancellation or refund of registration fee is not permitted

  • Winners will be selected at the discretion of the announced jury

  • Every effort will be made to notify the winners through our Social Media handles
    and through email.

  • The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged or no cash alternative
    will be offered.

  • By entering the competition, participants are deemed to have accepted the
    terms and conditions.

  • All rights of this contest are reserved with Draft Services

  • Draft Services has the right to modify, cancel, terminate, or suspend the Competition in whole or in part, at its sole discretion





5 Specially Curated Workshops will be organised between 5th July and 14th July. 


These workshops are open to all the registered participants and others who may be interested in learning. The topics covered in the workshop would be as detailed below:

  • Bare Necessities: The basics of Bakery, Confectionery, and Patisserie

  • Be Prepared: Equipment, Ingredients, Basic line of bakes and varieties needed to run a successful bakery

  • A Whole New World: Packing, Packaging, Shelf Life, Hygiene, Quality Control, etc. needed to maintain safety and standards

  • Let's Get Down to Business: Pricing the bakes/products for different demographics

  • I Will Find My Way: Avenues for Marketing, online and offline



Safety, security, adult supervision

The participants are responsible for their own safety and security. Adult supervision is strictly advised. 


E Certificates will be emailed to the participants or made available on the website after the grand finale. Participants can also opt for printed certificates that can be couriered at a nominal cost.


The Bakers Arena Team can disqualify any participant at any stage for non conducive online behaviour, bullying, posting unpleasant comments on social media or during the workshops, or any other behaviour that could affect the reputation of The Bakers Arena Challenge.


The registration for the contest would imply that the participants are participating in the challenge with parental consent. The Bakers Arena

Team will not be responsible for any risk or untoward incident during the cooking challenge.

Change of dates and processes

Though the dates of different stages are fixed and announced well in advance, The Bakers Arena Team has the right to alter the dates and processes at any stage during the contest.

Social media coverage permission

By participating in the contest, the participant also consents to allow The Bakers Arena Team to use the recipes, videos, photographs, name, locality on social media and other public platforms.

Virtual activity

If the pandemic situation eases off, the virtual grand finale could be conducted on a face to face mode. 

Digital participants behaviour (Netizens)

By registering for the contest, the participants also agree to be at the best of their behaviours as Netizens.

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