Travel + Leisure India and South Asia hosted their first edition of Delicious Food Awards on Thursday, 9th August 2018, at Andaz Delhi, Aerocity, to celebrate the best culinary experiences in the country.
Over the past two months, readers were invited to vote online for their favourite dining options across 28 categories. In the end, 53 top-notch restaurants, bars, patisseries, and hangouts took the top spots to clearly outline the lifestyle choices that affluent gourmands are making. On the awards night, guests got together to raise a toast to Indian gastronomy which is bringing the world to the table through innovation.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the awards, Editor Aindrila Mitra said, “Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is proud to present our very first readers’ choice food awards—Delicious 2018—in the domestic market. After two months of voting, today we finally have our list of the best in the hospitality industry in India. Delicious 2018 is all about acknowledging and rewarding those who take culinary experiences and travel to the next level.”
The awards included cuisine categories such as Chinese, Continental, Japanese, Bengali, and Thai, and innovation categories such as Best Cocktail Bar, Best Wine Collection, Best Farm-to-Table, and Best Sunday Brunch. Winners in these categories came from leading hospitality groups like Hyatt Hotels, ITC Hotels, The Oberoi Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Accor Hotels, to name a few. Winners among standalone restaurants, bars, and patisseries include the likes of Nara Thai, Bombaykery, Farzi Café, The Pantry Café, among others.
At the event, Bjorn Rettig, CEO India, Burda International said, “At Travel+Leisure India & South Asia, the Delicious Food Awards represent a natural extension to our luxury travel brand and a franchise we are genuinely excited about. Excited to celebrate the gastronomic landscape and diversity of India and the world around us. Excited to applaud the skills and dedication of our many partners throughout the food and beverage sector, and judging by the hundreds of thousands of votes cast across the Delicious Food Awards platform, excited that our readership shares the same passion.”
Gracing the occasion with their presence on the glitzy evening, were television host and tech guru Rajiv Makhni, eminent designer Charu Parashar, celebrated chef Michael Swamy, and former Indian cricketer and presenter, Atul Wassan. The evening also hosted senior representatives of Macao Government Tourism Office, Liebherr, Classic Coffee (Harley Coffee LLP), and Andaz Delhi, who were seen presenting the awards to the winners.
About Delicious Food Awards 2018:
In 2018, food is no longer just a catalyst to conversation but a complete guest experience. It is a platform to showcase innovation in hospitality and an important slice of holistic wellness. From the presentation of food to the setting it is served in, each contributory factor is as important as the other. Essentially, it is also one of the core reasons why Indians travel today and why global leaders in the food business are drawn to India for inspiration.