Living Foodz has announced the Epicurean Guild Awards 2018 to recognise India’s best authentic fine-dining restaurants and lounges. The second edition of the prestigious awards will take place at a glittering ceremony on March 22, with prominent names in the hospitality industry in attendance. The awards are co-curated by restaurateur and celebrity Chef Manu Chandra, Chef/Partner Olive Bar and Kitchen.
Amit Nair, Business Head, Living Foodz, said, “Epicurean Guild Awards will pay an ode to the gamechangers of the culinary industry in India. As a lifestyle brand, we have always encouraged and celebrated excellence in the ecosystem through our initiatives. We are delighted to have created an IP that raises the bar with a nuanced and meticulous process that truly awards the best. Looking forward to the second season of LFEGA and curating this experience with Chandra.”
The jury is a mix of the finest chefs, influencers and eminent personalities who have defined the new paradigm shift in India’s gourmet culture. It comprises Chef Ranveer Brar, AD Singh, Karen Anand, Magandeep Singh, Bhaichand Patel, Ajay Chopra, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Clinton Cerejo, Anoothi Vishal, Rushina Munshaw-Ghildyal, Kalyan Karmakar, Mohit Anand, Nicole Madon, Nikhil Agarwal, Antoine Lewis, Anirban Blah, Mohit Anand, Osama Jalali, Ruma Singh, Gauri Devidayal, Ruth Dsouza Prabhu, Purva Mehra and Hemamalini Maiya.
Chandra said, “My experience curating the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards has been extremely inspiring. The awards are an attempt to rationalise any one-sided narrative that may exist around the perception of fine dining in India. The categorically systematic, transparent and scientific method that this has been done with goes to show the seriousness with which the LFEGA will stand out in the numerous awards today.”
Living Foodz curated an extensive shortlist of fine-dining restaurants and lounges across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Goa. Thereafter, the grand jury voted to determine the top three restaurants in each category. The jurors dined at these destinations and awarded ‘flames’ based on their experience. The process was audited by EY.
The awards will applaud restaurants and lounges that offer memorable culinary experiences and have innovated as per the evolving consumers’ tastes. Picked by a panel of India’s finest chefs, writers, bloggers and tastemakers, each nominee has made a mark in the culinary world.
“The global as well as national trend around the very idea of ‘fine dining’ has seen a correction in the last decade. The customers’ preference towards something serious about their offering, without being pretentious has trumped all others. Therefore, a shift has been witnessed across the board, where young chef driven restaurants have boldly experimented with a clear vision. The new back to basics approach – a focus on ingredients, championing of one's own biodiversity and skill – all are becoming synonymous with fine dining and not only the rare and exotic. This is definitely here to stay,” added Chandra.
The categories for jury awards at Epicurean Guild Awards 2018 are Asian Multi, Chinese, European, FreeStyle king, Italian, Japanese, New Restaurant, Nightlife, Indian Wines and Spirits, New Indian, Traditional Indian, Lifetime Achievement and Iconic.
The categories for non-jury awards include Food Instagrammer and Food Entertainer.