For foodies, there’s no better way to kick off the new decade than by celebrating the spirit of food and drinks in India--from the traditional to the emerging, fine wines and new brews. On February 7, 2020, culinary greats and the team of LF did just that at ITC Grand Central in Parel, Mumbai, as the restaurant industry converged for the LF Epicurean Guild Awards (LFEGA) 2020.
In its fourth edition, LFEGA continues to recognise the best talent in the Indian foodscape, be it iconic restaurants or notable changemakers. As co-curator of LFEGA, chef and restaurateur Manu Chandra steers the process, along with the esteemed jury. The awards culminate with the glittering ceremony that was starlit with the best-known faces from the industry, plus celebs like Hina Khan, whose film Hacked was released recently.
This year, the highlights included three brand new categories recognising the ever-evolving nature of the industry – Best Western-Inspired Restaurant honours a restaurant that demonstrates the ability to use codified techniques and styles, while upholding high benchmarks in innovation and style. Nightlife Category, was sub-categorised into Best Cocktail Bar and Best Live Music Bar. Sidecar, Delhi bagged the former, while antiSOCIAL, Mumbai won the Best Live Music Bar award. The Book of the Year award was jointly won by human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar, who wrote The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship and Salma Yusuf Husain for The Mughal Feast: Recipes from the Kitchen of Emperor Shah Jahan.
The finale of the packed event was dedicated to the best culinary minds, such as chef Prateek Sadhu, Executive Chef/Co-Owner of Masque who won Chef of the Year, Uma Raghuraman who won the Food Microblogger of the Year award, while chef and TV show host Ranveer Brar walked away with the Food Entertainer of the Year award for his show Himalayas: The Offbeat Adventure. Riyaaz Amlani, CEO of Impresario Entertainment &Hospitality Pvt Ltd was named the Changemaker of the Year for his terrific contribution in redefining the nightlife of several cities across the country, while restaurateur AD Singh, Managing Director, Olive Bar And Kitchen Pvt Ltd, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, to a touching standing ovation from the who’s who of the industry. Want to know who walked away with the cuisine awards?
Scroll down and make a note of the top restaurants that won at LF Epicurean Guild Awards 2020 and add them to your must-visit list.
Best Chinese Restaurant – Yauatcha, Mumbai
Best Japanese Restaurant – Megu, The Leela Palace, Delhi
Best Multi-Asian Restaurant – Koko, Mumbai
Best Italian Restaurant – Vetro, The Oberoi, Mumbai
Best Western-Inspired Restaurant -- Toast & Tonic, Bengaluru
Best Seafood Restaurant – Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru
Best Progressive Indian Restaurant – Avartana, ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
Best Emerging Indian Restaurant – O Pedro, Mumbai
Best Traditional Indian Restaurant – Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru
Best Live Performance Venue / Nightclub – AntiSOCIAL, Mumbai
Best Cocktail Bar – Sidecar, Delhi
Best Indian Wine – KRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Best Indian Craft Brew - Eight Finger Eddie, Goa Brewing Co.
New Restaurant of the Year – Comorin, Gurgaon
Food Microblogger of the Year--Uma Raghuraman of MasterchefMom
Food Entertainer of the Year-- Ranveer Brar for Himalayas: The Offbeat Adventure
Book of the year-- Nandita Haksar for The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship and Salma Yusuf Hussain for The Mughal Feast: Recipes from the Kitchen of Emperor Shah Jahan.
Changemaker of the year-- Riyaaz Amlani, CEO of Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
Chef of the Year-- Chef Prateek Sadhu, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Masque, Mumbai
Iconic Restaurant - Dum Pukht, ITC Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi
Lifetime Achievement Award -- AD Singh, Managing Director, Olive Bar And Kitchen Pvt Ltd
The Oyster Club:
Pearls and Chiffon, Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner
The Culinarium, Coonoor
The Shap, Calicut
Michinga restaurant, Guwahati
Sorshia & Co., Kohima
Inclusive F&B Establishments:
Kitty Su, The Lalit Mumbai
Writer’s Café, Chennai
Images: Sohail Joshi