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Living Foodz announces winners of the 2017 Epicurean Guild Awards

Mumbai: India’s premium lifestyle channel, Living Foodz organized the first edition of Epicurean Guild Awards at an entertaining evening of glitz and glamour on March 31, 2017 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. The event recognized and celebrated authentic fine-dining restaurants and the best lounges in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. Best New Restaurant, Best Nightlife Award and category-wise awards for the best Italian, Global, Asian and Indian cuisine were awarded at the do. Living Foodz also introduced a Popular choice award and ‘Bombay Canteen’, ‘Big Chill’ and ‘Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel’ emerged as the clear winners of Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.

The jury comprising India’s finest food mavens and eminent personalities like Chef Ajay Chopra, Anoothi Vishal, Bhaichand Patel, actress Pooja Bedi, food blogger Aman Verma, Clinton Cerejo, Devita Saraf, Chef Gautam Mehrishi Kalyan Karmarkar Maria Goretti Nicole Mody Pankaj Bhadouria, Prasad Bidappa Rakhee Vaswani selected winners in each category based on different parameters. The entire selection process was audited by KPMG. After shortlisting the top entries in each category, the jury assigned a score to each of them in a unique ‘Flames Round’ where each denoting a different standard of culinary excellence. Living Foodz introduced a significant Iconic Award for the exceptional restaurants and lounges which were awarded three flames and declared as winners. This award was bagged by ‘Masque’ and ‘Indian Accent, The Manor’ for the cities of Mumbai and Delhi respectively, for showcasing an exemplary dining experience. The night commenced with a mesmerizing performance by a blues rock band. The event was a perfect amalgamation of great food and fun, and was hosted by actor-comedian Varun Thakur.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Amit Nair, Business Head, Living Foodz said, “The Living Foodz- Epicurean Guild Awards 2017’ is the newest feather in our cap, aimed towards commemorating the best premium restaurants and nightlife destinations across key cities in India. Today, Indian audiences are much more experimental with food and food has become an innate part of the urban Indian lifestyle. The awards will help people discover the restaurants that offer the finest dining experiences in India. As a premium lifestyle destination, we have always encouraged the Indian food and beverage ecosystem through our innovative brand initiatives and the awards are our latest endeavour in this regard.”

Commenting on the awards, Mr. Piyush Sharma, CEO (India and APAC region), Zee Living said, “Food as an element, positively impacts each one of us, no matter whichever social spectrum we’re present in. Also the landscape of the food and nightlife is evolving at a tremendous pace. Hence, the Living Foodz – Epicurean Guild Awards endeavors to honour the gamechangers who’ve demonstrated unconventional and ingenious creativity in this space. As the most respected and largest premium food and lifestyle media brand, Living Foodz aims to be at the forefront of recognizing and celebrating culinary excellence.”

The winners of Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards for 2017 include:

JURY CHOICE AWARDS

Living Foodz Iconic Award (Mumbai): Masque

Living Foodz Iconic Award (Delhi): Indian Accent, The Manor

Best Asian Award (Mumbai): Yauatcha

Best Asian Award (Delhi): Edo Restaurant & Bar, ITC Gardenia

Best Asian Award (Bangalore): Megu, The Leela Palace

Best Global Award (Mumbai): Masque

Best Global Award (Delhi): Graze, Vivanta by Taj

Best Global Award (Bangalore): Orient Express, Taj Palace Hotel

Best Indian Award (Mumbai): Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha

Best Indian Award (Delhi): Indian Accent, The Manor

Best Indian Award (Bangalore): Dum Pukht, Jolly Nabobs, ITC Windsor

Best Italian Award (Mumbai): Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott

Best Italian Award (Delhi): La Piazza, Hyatt Regency

Best Italian Award (Bangalore): Otimo, ITC Gardenia

Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Mumbai): Fenix, The Oberoi

Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Delhi): threesixtyone, The Oberoi, Gurugram

Best Multi-Cuisine Award (Bangalore): Kava, Fairfield by Marriott, Rajajinagar

Best New Restaurant Award (Mumbai): Estella

Best New Restaurant Award (Delhi): Depot 48

Best New Restaurant Award (Bangalore): The Druid Garden

Best Nightlife Award (Mumbai): Aer, Four Seasons

Best Nightlife Award (Delhi): Ek Bar

Best Nightlife Award (Bangalore): Hard Rock Café

Best Seafood Award (Mumbai): The Konkan Café, Vivanta by Taj

POPULAR CHOICE AWARDS

Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Mumbai): Bombay Canteen

Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Delhi): Big Chill

Living Foodz Popular Choice Award (Bangalore): Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel

Since it’s launch in 2015, Living Foodz has steadily gathered a strong fan base for its unique offerings. The brand has has created various consumer touch points through on-ground activations and successful brand franchises such as the Living Foodz Powerlist Awards, Food Fiesta, etc. Having raised the bar for Indian lifestyle on television, Living Foodz, and has successfully emerged as a one-stop lifestyle destination for premium food, travel and entertainment.

Get a glimpse into the restaurants that are changing India’s culinary landscape with Epicurean Guild Awards on Living Foodz.