About Us

The second edition of the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards (LFEGA) honours the finest among the top premium dining restaurants and lounges in the country, across the eight cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa and Jaipur.

Celebrating the best of India’s culinary destinations, LFEGA has gained the prestigious status of being the only restaurant awards platform in the country to uphold complete transparency in its selection process. Almost a year is spent shortlisting restaurants across various categories, jury meets and anonymous dine-outs, a hallmark of LFEGA. Ernst & Young are the process advisors from start to finish.

The categories have been diversified to recognise individuals from the food and hospitality industry as well as homegrown wines and spirits. LFEGA also honours Food Instagrammer and Food Entertainers chosen via an online poll.

The LFEGA carries forward the spirit of the Living Foodz brand, celebrating all things great!

THE CURATOR - Chef Manu Chandra

Chef Partner, Toast & Tonic, The Fatty Bao & Monkey Bar & Executive Chef Olive Beach, (The Olive Group of Restaurants)

Manu Chandra’s passion for food surfaced at a young age, wielding the ladle since the age of 12, thanks largely to a foodie family. Later at St. Stephen's College, he wrote, designed and helped photograph a book on fusion cuisine.
Manu then enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Hyde Park, New York, where he apprenticed with some of the city's top kitchens. Armed with top honours from CIA, he traveled to Norway to work with the Michelin starred Chef Eyvind Hellstrom. Late 2004 saw Manu returning to India, where he joined the Olive group of restaurants.

Notable Awards & Recognitions:
• 2017 - Awarded Chef of the Year at the Times Food & Nightlife Awards, Bangalore.
• 2015, 2016 & 2017 – Selected by GQ India magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Young Indians.
• Featured in ‘40 under 40, Class of 2016’, an exclusive list of India's finest young business leaders by Fortune India magazine.

Jury Panel

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.

AD Singh

AD Singh

One of the most well-known names in the hospitality industry, AD Singh pioneered the standalone restaurant business, first with his Olive chain and then later with pubs and microbreweries.

Antoine Lewis

Antoine Lewis

Antoine Lewis is a food and wine writer and columnist. He writes for a variety of national and international newspapers, magazines and websites.

Ajay Chopra

Ajay Chopra

Chef Ajay Chopra believes that food can bring magic to one's life when cooked with the right mix of ingredients and emotions. When not in the kitchen, he guides restaurateurs and organisations.

Anirban Blah

Anirban Blah

Founder of Kwan Entertainment, Anirban Blah is a multi-faceted personality who is involved in philanthropy, celebrity management and investing in multimedia companies.

Anoothi Vishal

Anoothi Vishal

Author of Mrs LC’s Table: Stories about Kayasth Food, Anoothi Vishal is a well-known food critic and columnist. She is also the founder of The Great Delhi Pop-up.

Bhaichand Patel

Bhaichand Patel

Ex-director of the UN Headqaurters in New York, Bhaichand Patel is the author of four books that include Happy Hours and The Penguin Book of Cocktails among others

Clinton Cerejo

Clinton Cerejo

Clinton Cerejo is a composer, musician, vocalist and also loves his food. He’s worked with AR Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj and has lent his voice to many Tamil and Hindi movies.

Gauri Devidayal

Gauri Devidayal

Gauri Devidayal gave up a career in tax accounting to start The Table with husband Jay Yousuf and has been instrumental in setting up The Table Farm in Alibaug from where the restaurant gets most of its produce.

Hemamalini Maiya

Hemamalini Maiya

The scion of the 90-year-old Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) group in Bengaluru, Hemamalini spearheads the family-run business. With entrepreneurship and food in her DNA, she is focused on expanding the business overseas.

Kalyan Karmakar

Kalyan Karmakar

The face behind the decade-old food blog Finely Chopped, Kalyan Karmakar also debuted his maiden book The Travelling Belly in 2017 and is a well-regarded foodie in the industry.

Karen Anand

Karen Anand

Karen Anand is regarded as a food guru and is responsible for popularizing Farmer’s Markets in India. With over 25 years of experience, her expertise in the food business is unparalleled.

Magandeep Singh

Magandeep Singh

Magandeep Singh is a wine sommelier, author of The Indian Spirit, TV presenter and a judge at wine awards across Asia and the world.

Mohit Anand

Mohit Anand

Mohit Anand is the Managing Director of Kelloggs India and has previously worked with FMCG majors Unilever and Proctor and Gamble over the past two decades.

Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal

The brainchild behind All Things Nice, a wine and luxury consultancy, Nikhil Agarwal is a trained sommerlier who is considered a thought leader in the beverage space.

Nicole Mody

Nicole Mody

Nicole Mody is a foodie and blogger who loves travelling, cooking and eating. She is the Food Curator and Festival Coordinator of Mumbai's Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Osama Jalali

Osama Jalali

Osama Jalali wears many hats. From food historian, writer, restaurateur, festival curator and passionate chef, Jalali has been there, done that and wowed everyone with his food.

Purva Mehra

Purva Mehra

An independent food writer, Purva Mehra is best known for co-founding The Daily Pao, a culture website modelled on Time Out.

Rakhee Vaswani

Rakhee Vaswani

Celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani is a culinary expert and passionate foodie who uses her deep-rooted passion for culinary arts to make world cuisines easily available in India.

Ranveer Brar

Ranveer Brar

One of the most well-recognised faces in the Indian food industry, Ranveer Brar is an artist in and out of the kitchen who is always on a culinary quest for the next best thing.

Ruma Singh

Ruma Singh

Former journalist Ruma Singh found a new passion teaching Indians about wine and wine culture offline as well as online through her eponymous website.

Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal

Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal

Gastronome and food consultant, Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal runs the culinary brand A Perfect Bite Consulting and a state-of-the-art kitchen at APB Cook Studio.

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu offers food consultancy and content creation for food-based events and is a well-known name in the Bengaluru food space.

Categories List

Nomination Process

How We Got Here:

1.Review

In-depth analysis of consumer reviews to shortlist the best premium dining restaurants in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad and Jaipur.

2.Jury Deliberation Round One

An extensive and anonymous voting process with our esteemed jurors to determine the Top 3 restaurants in India across 10 categories.

3.Dine Out

Anonymous dining and reviewing by jurors to grade each restaurant within strict parameters.

4.Jury Deliberation Round Two

A second round of jury deliberation to decide the deserving winners and award Flames.

5.Awards Night

The winners are announced, and the prestigious Iconic title is awarded to one restaurant in India with three flames.

EY are the Process Advisors for the second edition of Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2018.