India's premium lifestyle channel, Living Foodz organized the first edition of Epicurean Guild Awards at an entertaining evening of glitz and glamour on March 31, 2017 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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."
The winners of Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards for 2017 include:
JURY CHOICE AWARDS
Living Foodz Iconic Award (Mumbai): Masque
Living Foodz Iconic Award (Delhi): Indian Accent, The Manor
Best Asian Award (Mumbai): Yauatcha
Best Asian Award (Delhi): Edo Restaurant & Bar, ITC Gardenia
Best Asian Award (Bangalore): Megu, The Leela Palace Â
Best Global Award (Mumbai): Masque
Best Global Award (Delhi): Graze, Vivanta by Taj
Best Global Award (Bangalore): Orient Express, Taj Palace Hotel
Best Indian Award (Mumbai): Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha
Best Indian Award (Delhi): Indian Accent, The Manor
Best Indian Award (Bangalore): Dum Pukht, Jolly Nabobs, ITC Windsor
Best Italian Award (Mumbai): Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott
Best Italian Award (Delhi): La Piazza, Hyatt Regency
Best Italian Award (Bangalore): Ottimo, ITC Gardenia
Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Mumbai): Fenix, The Oberoi
Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Delhi): threesixtyoneÂ°, The Oberoi, Gurugram
Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Bangalore): Kava, Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar
Best New Restaurant Award (Mumbai): Estella
Best New Restaurant Award (Delhi): Depot 48
Best New Restaurant Award (Bangalore): The Druid Garden
Best Nightlife Award (Mumbai): Aer, Four Seasons
Best Nightlife Award (Delhi): Ek Bar
Best Nightlife Award (Bangalore): Hard Rock CafÃ©
Best Seafood Award (Mumbai): The Konkan CafÃ©, Vivanta by Taj
POPULAR CHOICE AWARDS
Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Mumbai): Bombay Canteen
Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Delhi): Big Chill
Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Bangalore): Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel
Since its 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. Having raised the bar for Indian lifestyle on television, Living Foodz, and has successfully emerged as a one-stop lifestyle destination for premium food, travel and entertainment.
Get a glimpse into the restaurants that are changing India's culinary landscape with Epicurean Guild Awards in April on Living Foodz.