New Delhi: With festive season round the corner, iTV network, India’s leading news & infotainment network organized the first ever NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Food Conclave to honor India’s top Food Connoisseurs on October 26, 2018 at The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi.
NewsX-TSG Food Conclave, a daylong event was aimed to appreciate the contributions of those front-runners who have done tremendous work in the food and hospitality sector.
On this occasion, Kartikeya Sharma, Founder and Promoter, iTV Network, said “India has always been a food loving country and there has been an immense contribution of food connoisseurs towards the food & beverage industry, with NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Food Conclave, we would like to put the spotlight on trailblazers from the food industry while looking closely at scientific and technological advancements in the food and processing industry in recent times and also we would like to honor these highly-skilled experts of the industry.”
During the NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Food Conclave, the inaugural session begins with “Kitchens of Kings & Queens” which was an amalgamation of royal cuisines of India, led by Royal Chefs – Kunwar Hemendra Singh of Bhainsrorgarh, Rajkumari Alka Rani Singh of Pratapgarh; Tikka Rani Shailja Katoch of Kangra- Lambagraon; Shradha Akka Nikam of Kolhapur. The Royal chef’s prepared exotic gastronomic delights like Khade Masale ka Maans and Maharashtrian style Stuffed Chicken. Another session “The Anywhere Anytime Food Generation” was in conversation with Ms. Shreya Soni, Founder, Delhi Secret SupperClub.
There was an exclusive session on “Bhojpuri Cuisine- The Foodie Netas” with Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Delhi BJP Chief where he spoke about his journey of being an actor, singer and a politician and his favorite cuisines of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He also did a live cooking demo and prepared Dal-Chawal Khichdi.
There was an exclusive session “Singh is Queen” with Bollywood actor and model, Ms. Chitrangada Singh where she spoke about her successful journey in bollywood so far, being an actor and a producer and how she manage her work-life balance. She also spoke on how she surpassed challenges she faced during different phases of her life. Chitrangada Singh was also felicitated with a special award for her movie Soorma.
Additionally, there were session on “Culinary Tales from Northeast” which was led by Kusuma Juneja (founder, MOOD); Ms. Binita Chamling (founder, Nimtho), Ms. Tanisha Phanbuh (founder, Tribal Gourmet), Chuba Manen Longkumer (founder, Nagaland Kitchen) which was moderated by Chef Stephen (Lavaash); “Rising Restepreneurs: Recipe for Success” led by AD Singh (founder & MD, Olive Group of Restaurants), Rahul Singh (Beer Café founder and NRAI president), Ashish Kapoor (founder, Yo! China), Radhika Khandelwal (founder, Fig and Maple), Ms. Dildeep Kalra, (Director, Massive Restaurants, Farzi Café, Masala Library etc.), Mr. Anurag Batra (Chairperson, Business World) which was moderated by Arjun Gupta (founder, The Piano Man); “Top Chefs: Food for Thought” led by Chef Hemant Oberoi (Veteran chef), Chef Manu Chandra, Chef Sabyasachi Gorai (Founder, Lavaash), Anahita Dhondy (SodabottleOpenerWala) moderated by Ruchira Hoon, bakery partner & chef, The Piano Man. “Kitchen Symphony: Live Cooking & Wine Demo” led by Mr. Nitin Tewari, Mixologist & Creative Head, Bar Tender where he educate audience on various innovative cocktails & mocktails.
The sessions contributed towards understanding and acknowledging the standards for efficient and effective food practices, valued by highly-skilled food professionals, connoisseurs and industry experts and viewed by them as crucial to their success.
NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Food awards were conferred to – Best Foodpreneur of the year presented to Chef Sabyasachi Gorai; Best Emerging Restauranter of the year presented to Mr. Akshay Anand; Legendry Chef presented to Chef Hemant Oberoi; Best Contemporary Restauranter of the year presented to Ms. Dildeep Kalra; Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Mr. Shukhdev Bhardwaj.
The conclave was attended by stakeholders of the food industry, policymakers, entrepreneurs, corporates, members from the food processing / food delivery sectors, esteemed members of the civil society, who acknowledged the challenges and opportunities in a food sector and lauded efforts that positively affected the industry and the millions of consumers it serves.