What to Watch Out For at LFEGA 2019
New categories and evolving parameters at Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards 2019 sets a precedent for the exciting future of food and restaurants awards in India!
Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards (LFEGA) 2019 declares India’s best restaurants this evening in Mumbai. It's the culmination of a year-long process of research, background checks, jury meetings, anonymous dining have all resulted in adjudging the winners. The journey has been exhilarating for everyone involved.
LFEGA categories have been segregated in three segments of cuisines, experiences and people. It has been a conscious effort to recognise exceptional work done by restaurants across the country.
Cuisinesection, there are legendary restaurants as well as new kids on the block, competing neck-to-neck. These innovations cannot be captured in categories that are strait jacketed and have no imagination. Hence, the Indian cuisine awards were segregated into three:
Traditional Indianfor restaurants who have stayed true to the heritage and provenance of the cuisine; the award for best
Progressive Indianrestaurant was created for restaurants such as Indian Accent and The Bombay Canteen who have unequivocally pushed the envelope of the cuisine by their contemporary interpretations. Finally,
Emerging Indianis a category that will encourage restaurateurs to invest in research of hyper-local produce and cuisines, showcase lesser known regional cuisines and lead the evolution of the Indian dining.
A new category has been dedicated tosustainable practices form an integral part of the restaurants’ entire operations.
This year international cuisines were re-categorised intoLFEGA 2018—restaurant business is a risky and fickle one, what works today may not work tomorrow, but Chinese and Italian have held on. As a matter of fact, they’ve evolved leaps and bounds where there is no longer the need to ‘Indianise’ a dish. True and authentic flavours have become second nature to these cuisines making their hard work recognition-worthy.
Experiencessection includes awards for lounges and nightclubs under the
Nightlife Category, as well as awards for the best
Indian Craft Beer.This year, LFEGA launches
The Oyster Club—a recognition to the lesser-known quaint restaurants that are quietly making waves with innovation and exceptional food, in different cities and towns across the country. From Kareema in Srinagar, that offers from traditional Kashmiri Wazwan and Adaminde Chayakkada in Kozhikode that is popularising Mappila cuisine, the award will recognize five hidden gems of Indian food.
the people who will be recognised, look out for the
Chef of the Year award—the award
goes to a chef who has scripted a unique story in the Indian food landscape.
Apart from building successful restaurants, values such as ethical sourcing of
ingredients and promoting lesser-known cuisines and being at the forefront of
change, are considered. Another new award that has been introduced this year is
The Changemaker award that recognises the work of individuals, institutions,
social bodies, or even state governments that have initiated and executed work
that is making a significantly positive impact on food production, consumption,
it’s impact on the environment and society.
Watch this space for more on LFEGA 2019, and read about the people
scripting the food stories of India.
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