Epicurean Guild Awards Celebrates the Finest of Fine-Dining
Here's great news for foodies! Living Foodz presents the Epicurean Guild Awards to honour the best among the top fine-dining restaurants in three cities--Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. These cities were chosen for the first edition of the awards owing to the vibrant culinary landscape they provide to connoisseurs and the curious foodies.
The restaurants that have made the cut after a detailed and deep study of the fine-dining space in the three cities, are known for their progressive and innovative cuisines that have put India on the world gourmet map. They've created new concepts with great attention to detail, revived cooking techniques while maintaining a high standard for quality of food and service, and continue to wow guests by providing an exquisite dining experience.
How We Got Here:
The FLAME Philosophy
The FLAME signifies power; it embodies the fire that drives all life force. Coming closer home, not only is it integral to our kitchen, but tastes, flavours and textures are functions of a slow, medium or high flame.
Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards has adopted the FLAME as a symbol to honour the relentless driving force that creates exemplary culinary experiences. It indicates the scale of excellence offered by a fine-dining destination.
The process for all awards are validated by KPMG (except LF People's Choice Award)
Our jury is an eclectic mix of influencers and leaders from various fields. Their love for food and appreciation for the finer things in life have come to define the new paradigm in India's gourmet culture. From the founders of Delhi's Palate Fest, award-winning chefs who have created a niche in Mumbai's culinary space and to writers who have chronicled Bangalore's ever evolving food scene, here's introducing our jury:
Author and avid traveler, Bhaichand Patel is passionate about food and films in equal measure. He has authored several books including Happy Hours: The Penguin Book of Cocktails
Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Palate Fest, Aditi is an art connoisseur and discerning gourmand.
A luminary in the food industry, Ruchi Sibal co-founded Palate Fest. She had earlier collaborated with the Creative Services Group which organised events with Michelin-starred chefs to help charities.
A lifestyle journalist and blogger, Shibani loves writing as much as sampling the menu of the newest restaurant in town.
A writer and sommelier, Magandeep is also a fitness enthusiast and an expert on all things related to the good life.
As the founder of the quintessential Mughlai restaurant The Masala Trail, Jalali is a die-hard traditionalist who is on a quest to revive lost recipes.
Known for his soulful compositions, music producer and singer Clinton Cerejo is also partial to food - from home-cooked meals to local delicacies and chef specials.
Certified as a Cordon Bleu chef, Rakhee Vaswani is a multi-faceted food enthusiast who cooks, blogs, hosts shows and is applauded for establishing the first cooking studio in India, Palate Culinary Studio.
An award-winning chef, Ajay is best known for his innovative take on modern Indian cuisine. He took his passion forward by establishing Zion Hospitality Pvt Ltd to guide restaurateurs and catering companies to create menu and culinary concepts.
As an avid blogger and serial columnist, Kalyan Karmakar is an expert on all things food. From recipes, reviews and food stories, his blog Finely Chopped will give your mind much to chew on.
Eminent food critic and author of Flavours of Kala Ghoda, Nicole Mody always has the last word when it comes to eating out in Mumbai.
Prasad Bidappa is synonymous with Bengalurus eclectic fashion scene. A designer, stylist and fashion choreographer, he is also a food enthusiast who swears by a gourmet meal experience.
As a communications consultant and food writer who is best known for creating FoodTravelBlog,in, Suman also helps run a school and is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.
The scion of the 90-year-old MTR group in Bengaluru, Hemamalini spearheads the family-run business. With business and food in her DNA, she is a name to be reckoned with in the city.
Ruth DSouza Prabhu
A writer, wine lover and gourmand, Ruth started the popular blog, Bangalores Restaurants that features in-depth reviews of fine dine restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries.
A journalist and Professor who heads the Department of Journalism in Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru. Julianas relentless quest to find, write and share the next big story has also rendered her a curious foodie.
AND THE WINNERS ARE: