I was at The Claridges, a 5-star renowned luxury hotel for the invite of Top Chef Awards Delhi-NCR Season 3 presented by Nearby.
The Top Chef Awards is the only one of its genre in Delhi-NCR to honour the people, especially young and emerging talent, behind popular and successful restaurants in the country’s most competitive dining out market. The nominees for the voting round of the Awards were shortlisted by an eminent jury consisting of industry leaders.
The highlights from the evening included Chef Devender Bungla, Corporate Pastry Chef, Hyatt Regency Delhi, being conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for an Exemplary Chef, while A.D. Singh, Managing Director, Olive Bar & Kitchen, was conferred the Excellence Award for Restaurateur of the year.Recognizing its incredible mark on Delhi’s culinary landscape, Dhaba at The Claridges New Delhi was awarded the Excellence Award for completing a glorious 30 years in the service of Delhi-NCR’s taste buds.
Ankur Warikoo, Founder & CEO, nearbuy, the online marketplace for online vendors, said that,even though it’s the first time Nearbuy has been associated with the Top Chef Awards, the awards were important as they recognize the individuals who are important to the success of restaurants and go directly to the chefs themselves which is a great way to recognize veterans and upcoming talent from the industry.”
The Top Chef Awards Delhi-NCR Season 3 was presented by Nearbuy and co-presented by The Claridges New Delhi, Lite Bite Foods and Ballantine’s Music CDs. The glittering award ceremony held at The Claridges New Delhi witnessed winners in 18 categories.
For the first time ever, a live Butter Chicken cook-off was organised in association with Lite Bite Foods as a build-up to the award night, which saw Shiva Arora, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, and Upinder from Masala House, Sunder Nagar, win respectively in the five-star and standalone restaurant categories.
Sharad Sachdeva, CEO, Lite Bite Foods, spoke on their association with Top Chef Awards and were glad to celebrate their third year with them.He stated that the jury members had a hard time picking the best from across the city as it definitely wasn’t an easy task.
Some of the other notable winners were Danny El Soury (Zizo Restaurants), Excellence Award for International Chef of the Year; Chef J.P. Singh (Bukhara, ITC Maurya), Excellence Award for Best Indian Cuisine (Five-Star Hotel); Chef Ashish Singh (Cafe Delhi Heights, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon), Excellence Award for Best Multi-Cuisine Chef (Standalone Restaurant); and Anoop Parmar (Sevilla, The Claridges New Delhi), Excellence Award for Best Restaurant Manager (Five-Star Hotel).
These were the only awards that recognized chefs themselves purely on the strength of their talent in the kitchen. They are the heart and backbone of every restaurant.”
With the three successful seasons of Nearbuy presents Top Chef Awards, the patrons promised to continue recognizing chefs and the teams behind the scenes who are responsible for some of the best dining experiences around the city.
Post the award ceremony, was the dinner by The Claridges which has cuisines from all sections be it Indian, Thai, Chinese or European. The buffet was splendid and the table was full of mouth watering exotic and sumptuous dishes. It had black forest ham,milano salami,chicken & olive mortadella,red wine marinated chicken,smeared prawns,sausages, lamb chop scottadito, marinated cottage cheese steak, grilled seasonal vegetables, hakka noodles, dumplings,duck with cucumber & schezwan chilly oil,mutton biryani, moradabadi daal, lucknowi biryani,popcorn chicken,lots of options in salads and the list goes on…
Even the desserts section had loads of options to chose and pick and try them. The presentation of every dish was splendid and the chefs mastered them all with a class and style. They had chocolate truffle,macaroons,waffles,muffins,marshmallows,home made gelatos,basil pannacotta,seasame meringue, ice-creams of all flavours (beetle leaf and rose, was my favourite),vodka chuski with flavours of pan, kala khatta, mango,mint,etc, grand marnier chocolate bavaroise and lots other options.
I am sure the picture says it all and I wish I had a huge tummy to be able to taste each and every variety, but honestly, the range of desserts were very wide and they were all presented in a very artistic manner and looked very tempting.
They even had a great bar section which took care for both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic crowd varying from Red Wine, white wine,scotch,vodka,varieties of juices and soft drinks.The drinks were made keeping in mind the taste of the person concerned and was served chilled with loads of ice.
I indeed had a great evening and enjoyed every bit at The Clardiges,which is known for its ambience, flavours and service and is indeed a value for money. It has a dripping decor and the pool side gives a breath taking view and adds to the ambience.
One must definitely step in to The Claridges for a great stay and at the same to be a part of very fine dining.
I spent long good hours here and was too exhausted by the end of the day, but being a part of their fine dining compensated for it all.
Source: Press release (India Today)