Lifestyle channel Living Foodz had organised the second edition of Epicurean Guild Awards to recognise the best in India’s fine-dining, nightlife and lifestyle entertainment space. Held on March 22 at Sahara Star, Mumbai, the event was curated by Chef Manu Chandra. The Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards paid ode to the country’s best fine-dining restaurants and lounges across eight cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Goa.
The award show will be telecast on Living Foodz in April this year. India Gate Brown Rice was the ‘Co-Powered By’ Sponsor and Volkswagen was the ‘Driven By’ Sponsor for the Epicurean Guild Awards 2018. Some of the strategic partnerships for the property included radio partner Radio One, social media partner Facebook, styling partner Jean Claude Biguine, print partner The Hindu, blogging partner FBAI, tea partner TGI.Co and hospitality partner Sahara Star.
Attended by India’s food mavens, influencers and eminent personalities such as Kunal Kapur, Maria Goretti, Amrita Raichand, Thomas Zacharias, Kunal Vijayakar and Prahlad Kakkar, the evening was a celebration of India’s evolving fine-dining and nightlife culture. Comedians Kunal Rao and Azeem Banatwalla had the audience in splits throughout the night.
As the curator of the Epicurean Guild Awards, Chandra said, “The Epicurean Guild Awards are an attempt to redefine the narrative of fine-dining in India, which has undergone a significant transformation over the last few years. The awards champion India’s emerging stars who have put the country on the global culinary map. I have always rooted for the emergence of talent in this space and I am delighted to be a part of this unique property.”
Speaking about the evening, Amit Nair, Vice-President and Business Head, Living Foodz, said, “At Living Foodz, we have always stood for creating new formats and intellectual properties. The Epicurean Guild Awards in its second year have been a resounding success due to the meticulous approach and range of the jury involved. We are thrilled at the response from the consumer votes for the Best Food entertainer and Best Instagrammer of the year. The 10,000-plus votes were a testament to the burgeoning interest in food-related content both on TV and digital, where we have maintained a sustained leadership.”
The awards had a panel of 22 members in the jury that consisted of an electric mix of the best chefs, influencers and personalities from the food industry. It comprised Chef Ranveer Brar, AD Singh, Karen Anand, Magandeep Singh, Bhaichand Patel, Ajay Chopra, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Clinton Cerejo, Anoothi Vishal, Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal, Kalyan Karmakar, Mohit Anand, Nicole Madon, Nikhil Agarwal, Antoine Lewis, Anirban Blah, Osama Jalali, Ruma Singh, Gauri Devidayal, Ruth Dsouza Prabhu, Purva Mehra and Hemamalini Maiya. EY are the Process Advisors for the second edition of Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2018. The nomination process started by reviewing restaurants across the eight cities, a dine-out session and two-jury deliberation rounds.
The winners of this year’s Epicurean Guild Awards were:
Jury Choice Awards:
Best Chinese Restaurant: Yauatcha, Mumbai
Best Japanese Restaurant: Megu -the Leela Palace, Delhi
Best Multi Asian Restaurant: Gung The Palace, Delhi
Best Italian Restaurant: Artusi Ristorante E-bar, Delhi
Best European Restaurant: Masque, Mumbai
Best Indian Restaurant: Dum Pukht - Itc Maurya, Delhi
Best New Indian Restaurant: Royal Vega - Itc Grand Chola, Chennai
Best Freestyle Restaurant: The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai
Best New Restaurant: Poh, Mumbai
Best Nightlife Experience: Koko Asian Gastropub, Mumbai
Best Indian Winery: Krsma
Iconic Restaurant: Bukhara - Itc Maurya, Delhi
Lifetime Achievement Award: Madhur Jaffrey
Best Food Entertainer: Kunal Kapur
Best Food Instagrammer: Shivesh Bhatia