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ICF Announces 14th Annual Chef Awards 2017 to Recognize the Talent in the Kitchen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 17:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Mumbai

Chefs are one of the most important reasons for the success of any restaurant. They work behind the scenes preparing delicious food for guests with discerning tastes. To celebrate and recognize the talent in the kitchen, Indian Culinary Forum announces 14th Annual Chef Awards. The extravaganza to laud the Indian culinary excellence is all set to be organized at The Ashok Hotel on November 1, 2017. The Annual Chef Awards is also an attempt to promote Indian Cuisine to the No. 1 position internationally.

The Chef Awards will begin with a charity lunch on October 20, 2017, followed by three other segments including Trade Test (culinary competition), Chef Summit and Chef Awards 2017. The Trade Test (culinary competition) will be held from October 26-30, 2017, where the nominated professional chefs from all over India will showcase their culinary prowess in 11 categories. The Chef Summit on 1 November will be held in the morning at The Ashok Hotel. Renowned Chefs will discuss current trends and changes in the Hospitality industry. At the Chef Awards function the same evening at The Ashok Hotel over 15 categories of awards will be presented to talented Chefs selected by a Jury comprising industry professionals, food critics and connoisseurs. The chairperson of the jury would be Sri Lankan chef Alan Palmer, Global Culinary Competition Coordinator.

Anil Bhandari, Chairman Organising Committee, said “We instituted Chef Awards in the year 2004 to recognize and honour Chefs for their contribution to the Hospitality industry and society at large. There are five special award categories which include Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Food Writer Award, Golden Hat Award and Silver Hat Award.  The Trade Test category includes Chef of the Year Award, Master Chef International Cuisine Award, Master Chef North India Cuisine Award, Master Chef Rest of India Cuisine Award, Master Chef Kebabs Award, Master Chef Indian Sweets Award, Master Chef International Confectionary Award, Master Chef Oriental Cuisine Award, Kitchen Artist Award and Student Chef of the Year.”

Chef Davinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum, says ““We have been organizing the Annual Chef Awards since the last 13 years as a part of the celebrations of International Chef’s Day, as our contribution to accredit a Chef as an artist. The objective of Chef Awards is to offer fellow Chefs a professional platform to showcase, exhibit, hone their culinary skills and raise the overall Indian Culinary Art at par with international standards. We assure that it will be a valuable experience for all the Chefs and will maximize their potential and growth in the sector.”

Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary, of Indian Culinary Forum, says"the aim of Chef Award to recognize, honour and promote culinary excellence among the fraternity of Chefs and encourage youngsters to join the industry. The platform was not merely a competition as chefs will be able to keep themselves updated with modern techniques and mechanisms that are used in kitchens across the world. This year ICF has tied up with Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council as the Skill Partner to promote and contribute in the Government’s Skill India Mission by providing right platform.”

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