“The cherished Indian Chef Awards, first launched nineteen years ago in 2004 by the ICF, have become the Indian culinary industry’s most respected and valued testimonial for the recognition of talent and skills, in addition to becoming the largest platform for knowledge sharing among industry stakeholders. This year’s event will further cement the ICF Awards as the best platform for knowledge sharing, recognition of the talents of Indian chefs and spreading the goodwill and footprint of Indian cuisine around the world,” said Chef Davinder Kumar, Chairman of the Indian Culinary Forum.
Kumar added, “The award event has three segments including Culinary Competitions, Knowledge Summit and Chef Awards. The ICF Culinary Competition will be held at Banarsidass Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Institute of Bakery & Culinary Arts, New Delhi, where more than 150 professional chefs will showcase their culinary skills in 11 different categories. WACS certified celebrity chef Dayashankar Sharma is the chairman of this year’s judging panel while celebrity chef Sireesh Saxena is the organizing secretary.
The Knowledge Summit which is ending 10 years this time will provide a platform for discussion and deliberation on issues affecting the industry. The particular focus of this year’s summit will be to deliberate on how to put Indian cuisine on the global culinary map and chart the way forward for the food and beverage industry. The Knowledge Summit, which aims to bring the profession to the general public, will see the participation of the who’s who of the hospitality sector, educators, food critics and connoisseurs.
“ICF’s goal is not only talent recognition, but also the empowerment of talent with the latest culinary knowledge and skills, which not only helps in career development, but also helps the country by spreading the ‘imprint of Indian cuisine in the world’. said chef Vivek Saggar, general secretary of the Indian Culinary Forum.
Speaking about the program, Sagar added, “There are six categories of special awards including Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Hat, Silver Hat, Academic Silver Hat, Pastry Chef of the Year, Lady Chef of the year, Culinary Competitions (Commercial Test) category includes Master Chef of the Year, Master Chef Kebabs, Master Chef Indian Pattissarie, Master Chef Indian Sweets, Master Chef International Cuisine, Master Chef North Indian Cuisine, Master Chef Oriental Cuisine Award, Master Chef Baker Award, Master Chef South East & West, Female Student Chef of the Year, Male Student Chef of the Year.