Indian Culinary Forum Organises the 16th Annual Chef Awards the Oscars of Chef Awards in India

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Posted On Thu, October 24, 2019, 1:52 PM

The Indian Culinary Forum organised the 16th Annual Chef Awards to honour the best culinary artists of India

New Delhi, October 22nd Tuesday: The Indian Culinary Forum organised the 16th Annual Chef Awards in the presence of renowned master chefs and veterans of the hospitality industry at Hotel Le Meridien, Delhi. Hosted to commemorate the International Chefs Day, Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog was the chief guest of the evening. Also, present on the occasion was one of the most respected and loved chefs of India, Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor. Several other industry veterans were also present at the awards. The glittery night witnessed an august gathering of around 400 industry professionals including young chefs & students.

While addressing the attendees, Sh. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog said,“Indian chefs are one of the best in the world. There is a lot of stress on health food, but if we look at traditional Indian cuisine then there is nothing healthier than it. Indian chefs are the best brand ambassadors of the country and will play a pivotal role in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of becoming a 5 trillion economy by 2024.”

As a build-up to the awards, four days’ culinary competitions were held at RIG Institute of Hospitality & Management, Greater Noida and Academy of Pastry Arts, Gurugram among young and promising chefs in ten different categories. Over 100 of culinary artistes showcased their creativity and skills during these competitions. Noted Malaysian Chef Peter Chan was the Chairperson of the jury in this year’s competitions along with renowned national and international chefs, while Chef Sireesh Saxena was the organizing secretary. The Chef Awards also honour the industry veterans in six other coveted categories. The winners were selected by a panel of an esteemed jury.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Bhandari, a hospitality industry veteran and Chairman of the Organising Committee ICF, said “It’s an overwhelming experience to have successfully organised the Annual Chef Awards for the last one and a half decades. Our idea behind the inception of the Chef Awards was to provide both veteran and upcoming chefs a professional platform where they can exhibit and hone their culinary skills. We want Indian culinary art to gain more international recognition and acclaim. We are thrilled to see how the valuable experience gained by all the chefs here have helped them maximise their potential and growth in the last many years. We hope the Chef Awards continue to inspire and encourage more chefs.”

Chef Davinder KumarPresident Indian Culinary Forum added, “The Chef Awards aims to not only honour the contributions of our fraternity members but also motivate thousands of youngsters to take up this profession. Hosting the Chef Awards wouldn’t have been an immensely successful affair without the constant support and encouragement of the industry experts, jury members, associates, sponsors, and participants. We have all made earnest endeavours to bring our fraternity closer year after year and will continue to do everything possible for the betterment of the culinary profession. By imparting improved education and organising grand industry-specific events, we will try and set new benchmarks in the hospitality industry.”

The following are the winners of the 16th Annual Chef Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Chef Sushil Chugh, GM & Executive Chef, Hotel Country Inns & Suites by Radisson

Golden Hat:                                Chef Machindra Umakant Kasture, The Ashok Hotel

Silver Hat:                                  Chef Sanjay Agrawal & Chef Vivek Saggar

Pastry Chef of the Year:           Chef Ranojit Kundu

Lady Chef of the Year:             Chef Rekha Sharma

Food writer Award:                  Mr. Kalyan karmakar

Master Chef of the Year: Chef Raj Kumar Gupta, Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi

Master Chef Kebabs:Chef Ravindra, Country Inns & Suites by Radisson 

Master Chef International Confectionery Award:Chef MPK Reddy, Leela Ambience

Master Chef Indian Sweets Award:Chef Sukanta Pal, Hotel Lemon Tree

Master Chef South/East/West Indian Cuisine:Chef Govind Singh Deopa, Leela Ambience

Master Chef International Cuisine Award:Chef Jatin Bhatia, Leela Palace

Master Chef North Indian Cuisine Award:Chef Dhum Singh, Hotel Lemon Tree

Master Chef Oriental Cuisine Award:Chef Swapnil Mendiratta, Leela Ambience

Master Chef Baker Award:Chef Deepak James, Hotel Suryaa

Student Chef of the Year (Female):Chef Ashi Nibekar, DIHM 

Student Chef of the Year (Male): Chef Kartik Agrawal, BCIHMCT

Special Jury Awards:Excellence in Culinary Art: Chef Vikas Khanna – For outstanding contribution in promoting Indian Cuisine Globally 

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