Seeking to create a platform to recognise, discover and celebrate culinary talents in South of India, the recently concluded Fabelle FOODFOOD Awards and Summit 2018 south was starry affair. In Association with Marriott International and Media Partner BBC GoodFood, the FOODFOOD Awards travelled to three regions of India, North, West and now South on 21st September 2018, at JW Marriott Bengaluru. Nominations for the west edition included restaurants in five-star hotels and fine-dine standalone restaurants from Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. Partnering with this award was, ON1Y – Gourmet Herbs & Spice Seasoning, Popular Essentials, Callebaut, Chivas Studio and Jaguar Land Rover.
Winners of the Jury Choice Awards were decided by the Grand Jury comprising India’s leading hoteliers, restaurateurs and chefs under the stewardship of Chairman of the Jury, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd, and Esteemed Directors. The award has been mentored by Sanjeev Kapoor, Founder FoodFood TV and Publisher, BBCGoodFood India, and curated by Shafquat Ali, CEO, FoodFood TV & Events and CEO & Editor-in-Chief, BBC GoodFood India. Anurag Bhatnagar, Multi-Property VP, Mumbai & Goa, Marriott International, is the chief adviser.
Mr. Hemant Malik, Divisional Chief Executive Foods Division, ITC Limited, said “We are delighted to associate with Food Food Awards and South Chocolate Summit 2018 that honours India’s finest culinary talent. It has been Fabelle’s endeavour to redefine the luxury chocolate segment in India by introducing chocolate lovers to world-class creations and experiences. It takes extraordinary craftsmanship of our master chocolatiers in creating a symphony of exquisite tastes, textures and aromas. Likewise, we were happy to associate with one of the most dynamic culinary awards of India which celebrates the bespoke talent that continuously strives to revolutionize the food and hospitality industry space. Lastly, I would like to congratulate all the award nominees, finalists, and winners for their outstanding contribution to the industry!”
Meghna Dekhtawala, Events Head, BBC GoodFood India said “The event’s success always thanks to phenomenal team effort, right from ensuring we get the nominations from our esteemed jury to the eventual execution on the D-Day. Our aim is always to ensure that we bring the best in the culinary in the spot light and celebrate them”.
Shafquat Ali, CEO and Editor-in-Chief BBC GOODFOOD and CEO FOODFOOD Awards and Events said “FoodFood Awards is a culinary night celebrating the gourmand! After two successful award nights at Delhi (North) and Mumbai (West), it was now the turn of Bangalore (South) to show the rest of the country why we are increasingly being called a culinary paradise.
The event was hosted by Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Shazia Khan and Chef Rakesh Sethi. Renowned Chocolatier Zeba Kohli conducted a unique Fabelle Exquisite chocolate tasting experience. The FOODFOOD Awards will be traveling East of India on 28th of November to the Kolkata. The grand finale, where winners of all regions will compete with one and other will be taking place on the 19th of December at St. Regis, Mumbai.
Some of the key editorial choice award winners were:
⁻ Lifetime Achievement Award: Chef Natarajan Kulandai
⁻ Hall of Fame: Vineet Verma, Brigade Hospitality
⁻ Hotelier of the Year: Anil Chadha, ITC Hotels, South
⁻ GM of the Year: Kunal Chauhan, The Leela Palace Bengaluru
⁻ Fabelle Culinary Idol of the Year: Ranveer Brar
⁻ Most Innovative Restaurateur Of The Year: Manu Chandra, Olive Bar & Kitchen
⁻ Most Innovative Restaurant Concept: Nirupa Shankar for Art Café