Gurgaon, September 2015: Gurgaon has gradually become the culinary hub with the advent of many International and national brands, destination experiences like DLF Cyber Hub and Sector 29, Gurgaon, new hotels and budding foodprenuers. Recognising these facts, Indian Food Freak had instituted “Gurgaon-Centric” food awards: “The Big F Awards” Gurgaon 2015! The Big F Awards celebrates the experiences of eating out and cooking in! Food Lovers will be saluting those who raise the standards in the culinary field! Hospitality brands, whether they be five star hotels or small stand alone eateries, will all get a fair chance to compete…..The Big F Awards have various award categories – for instance, restaurants would be categorized under North Indian or other regional cuisines, the World Cuisine section has several categories under it like American, Café, Chinese, European, Italian, Japanese/Korean, Mediterranean, Multi-Cuisine and Pan Asian and the Other Category section has awards to be won for Best Biryani, Kebab and street food including delivery and Pizza. We are also on the look-out for Gurgaon’s Best Mixologist, Bakery, Home Baker and Home Caterer. Last but not the least, the people who have tirelessly strived to document the best food experiences like the food bloggers will be recognized and there is also a separate category which applauds the PR Agencies who work to promote a hospitality group.
Indian Food Freak and Gurgaon Food Freak along with a jury comprising of highly eminent personalities of the food world will come together during the course of an elaborate evening graciously hosted by our venue partner, Westin Hotel, Gurgaon on September 18, 2015.
The Jury :
As already mentioned, the jury comprises of eminent personalities of the food world. It is a mix of acclaimed chefs and food critics.
The Chefs :
Chef Manjit Gill, quite frankly, needs no introduction. Surely everyone knows that he is the Corporate Chef of ITC Hotels overseeing more than 100 restaurants of this hotel group ? That apart, he is also the President of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA). But the greatest quality of Chef Manjit Gill lies in the fact that, in spite of his iconic status, he remains down to earth as is evident from these words of his: “Though I am learning still, I would love to see myself as a teacher someday. I cannot think of becoming an entrepreneur as I cannot be anything apart from a chef even in the future.”
Need we say more about this food titan?
Chef Kunal Kapur is a familiar face to all having been a host and judge of the TV series MasterChef India Season 1, 2 and 3 on Star Plus, Junior MasterChef India Season 1 and MasterChef USA. Currently the Executive Sous Chef of The Leela, Gurgaon, Chef Kunal Kapur has won many accolades. As mere examples, he has been recognised as amongst the Best Chefs in India by the National Weekly Magazine of India Today and the Indian Culinary maestro, Jiggs Kalra, titled him as "the next big guy in kebabs and curries in India”.
Chef Saby Gorai can display almost as many awards on his lapels as generals - best Chef of India as awarded by the President of India (youngest chef in India to receive this award), Silver Hat presented by the Indian Culinary Forum, marked as “5 people to watch out for” in Fortune India 2013, etc. Having been instrumental in building up numerous success stories in the restaurant line such as Kitchens for Ai – The Japanese Restaurant, The Love Hotel, Lap – The Club, Olive Beach, Olive Qutub and the Moving Kitchen by Olive, he now runs a boutique consultancy company called “Fabrica by Chef Saby”.
The Critics :
Sourish Bhattacharya is a renowned blogger, food columnist, restaurant critic and editorial consultant with over 28 years of experience in journalism. He is also the co-founder of the Delhi Gourmet Club which, in a short span of two years or so, has acquired a formidable reputation with its three highly successful initiatives - Top Chef Awards 2014-15, Gourmet Passport 2014-15 and the Delhicious Week whose third edition saw the participation of 15 restaurants for an entire fortnight.
Osama Jalali is a seasoned food critic and consultant who contributes mainly for The Hindu apart from other publications. Osama is a rare species amongst food critics/journalists in as much as he has not just restricted himself to writing about food but has also wielded his hands in the kitchen whether by way of cooking or curating community/khandaan (Awadhi, Rampuri, Shahjahani, Nizami) based menus with his mother Nazish Jalali for hotels and private dawats. Born and brought up in the by lanes of Old Delhi, his parental roots are drawn from the erstwhile princely state of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.
Pawan Soni is the founder - member and CEO of Indian Food Freak, a blog that he started to appreciate the art of cooking and connect with like-minded foodies. That apart, he also does restaurant reviews for various publications and food blogs and administers various food and wine related groups on Facebook which have a huge fan following.