Epicurean Guild Awards Celebrates the Best Fine-Dining Restaurants and Lounges
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Business Events | April 7, 2017 | News
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Lifestyle channel Living Foodz organized the first edition of Epicurean Guild Awards at an entertaining evening of glitz and glamour on March 31 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. The event recognized and celebrated fine-dining restaurants and the best lounges in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. Best New Restaurant, Best Nightlife Award and category-wise awards for the Best Italian, Global, Asian, Multi-cuisine, Indian cuisine and Best Seafood were awarded at the do. Living Foodz also introduced the Popular choice award and ‘Bombay Canteen’, ‘Big Chill’ and ‘Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel’ emerged as the clear winners of Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
The jury comprising India’s finest food mavens and eminent personalities like Bhaichand Patel, Chef Ajay Chopra, CokeStudio fame Clinton Cerejo, Chef Gautam Mehrishi, Devita Saraf, Kalyan Karmakar, Nicole Mody, Hemamalini Maiya, Pankaj Bhadouria, Prasad Bidappa etc. selected winners in each category based on different parameters. Other prominent personalities who presented the awards to the winners at the event were actress Pooja Bedi, Chef Ranveer Brar, television star Rati Pandey, actor Aman Verma, RJ Hrishikesh Kannan, Maria Goretti, Manu Chandra, Rakhee Vaswani and Zeba Kohli among others.
KPMG in India were the Process Advisors & Evaluators for this Award. After shortlisting the top entries in each category, the jury assigned a score to each of them in a unique ‘Flames Round’ where each denoting a different standard of culinary excellence. Living Foodz introduced a significant Iconic Award for the exceptional restaurants and lounges which were awarded three flames and declared as winners. This award was bagged by ‘Masque’ and ‘Indian Accent, The Manor’ for the cities of Mumbai and Delhi respectively, for showcasing an exemplary dining experience. The night commenced with a mesmerizing performance by the band, Blackstratblues. A solo project of Warren Mendonsa, the band has played some prestigious gigs such as NH7 Weekender, Sulafest 2012, Indigo & Blues 2012 and Mahindra Blues Fest 2012 & 2014. The event was a perfect amalgamation of great food and fun, and was hosted by Archana Vijay accompanied by actor-comedian Varun Thakur.
Speaking at the event, Amit Nair, Business Head, Living Foodz said, “The Living Foodz- Epicurean Guild Awards 2017’ is the newest feather in our cap, aimed towards commemorating the best premium restaurants and nightlife destinations across key cities in India. Today, Indian audiences are much more experimental with food and food has become an innate part of the urban Indian lifestyle. The awards will help people discover the restaurants that offer the finest dining experiences in India. As a premium lifestyle destination, we have always encouraged the Indian food and beverage ecosystem through our innovative brand initiatives and the awards are our latest endeavour in this regard.”
Commenting on the awards, Piyush Sharma, CEO (India and APAC region), Zee Living said, “Food as an element, positively impacts each one of us, no matter whichever social spectrum we’re present in. Also the landscape of the food and nightlife is evolving at a tremendous pace. Hence, the Living Foodz - Epicurean Guild Awards endeavors to honour the gamechangers who’ve demonstrated unconventional and ingenious creativity in this space. As the most respected and largest premium food and lifestyle media brand, Living Foodz aims to be at the forefront of recognizing and celebrating culinary excellence.”
Since it’s launch in 2015, Living Foodz has steadily gathered a strong fan base for its unique offerings. The brand has has created various consumer touch points through on-ground activations and successful brand franchises such as the Living Foodz Powerlist Awards, Food Fiesta, etc.
The first edition of the Awards organised by Living Foodz took place on March 31 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.