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ICF Chef Awards 2020 turns spicy 17 as it honours master Chefs

Sharing a message of strength and positivity to the whole gastronomic world and to recognize and honour the chefs and their exceptional contribution towards the Hospitality industry, the Indian Culinary Forum (ICF) commenced with the Trade Test, a four-day culinary competition of Chef Awards 2020, at IBCA Vikaspuri, New Delhi. 

By observing the Government’s orders and guidelines, the annual awards have been carefully planned and curated to ensure a coronavirus-safe event.

Over 60 Chefs from starred hotels and stand-alone restaurants are competing against each other in 8 different categories at this culinary platform. The winners of the Trade Test will be awarded by Director General, Tourism, Ms. Meenakshi Sharma, in the presence of noted members & personalities of the gastronomy community at the grand ceremony of Chef Awards 2020, to be held on October 26th, 2020 at Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi. 

To make the occasion grander, the 8th annual Chef Summit will also be hosted on the same day where well-known faces of the culinary industry will be seen debating on the topics like, “Exploring New Horizons and Challenges: Experts Perspectives on Opportunities During These Times”. 

It’s a perfect opportunity for veterans to share both wisdom and recipes with the young guns. Eminent names of the industry- Zorawar Kalra, Chef Himanshu Taneja, Chef Rajeev Janveja, and Dewan Gautam Anand, among others, will be participating in a panel discussion moderated by Dean Rajiv Gulshan.

More than a decade and a half ago, the Indian Culinary Forum decided and designed the country’s biggest culinary awards — Chef Awards 2020 — to recognize and celebrate the efforts and achievements of chefs every year. 

The four-day culinary competition will see the participation of over 60 chefs in 8 different categories, i.e. Master Chef of the Year, Master Chef Oriental Cuisine, Master Chef International Cuisine, Master Chef International Confectionary, Master Chef Baker, Master Chef Kebabs, Master Chef North Indian Cuisine, Master Chef Indian Sweets. 

On the first day of the culinary competition, contestants showcased a series of culinary skills, celebrating the preparation and presentation of the food accoutrements in attractive and pleasing forms. Notable and renowned national and international chefs will be the jury members in this year’s competitions, while Chef Sireesh Saxena is the organizing secretary under whom the trade tests will also be supervised.

The ICF members feel a sense of great pride and pleasure having taken the tradition to greater glory with a wider reach. Informing about the event Anil Bhandari, Chairman Organizing Committee, says, “The COVID-19 crisis has inspired unlearning, recalling lessons as well as fresh learning. We have realized that we need to discard the outdated systems and adopt new ones. We also need to re-evaluate our priorities. The new mantra is sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing. Those who adapt to the new normal will succeed.” 

He added, “We even added a new feature of online live cookery demonstrations of immunity building recipes by reputed chefs for 23 consecutive days and also hosted the Chef and Child Charity High Tea in these challenging times of the coronavirus outbreak.”

Chef Davinder Kumar, President Indian Culinary Forum, adds, “This year’s theme is Healthy Food for future-focused on sustainability & environment, which coincides with International Chef Day!” 

Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary, of Indian Culinary Forum, says, “The Chef Awards 2020 is not just a competition, it is an opportunity for chefs to learn about the modern techniques and mechanisms that are used in kitchens across the world.”

The Indian Culinary Forum is India’s association of Professional chefs of India. It was formed in New Delhi in 1987 as an exclusive non-profit-making organization, dedicated solely to the advancement of the culinary art of India. The Forum’s objective is to act as a link, a platform, and an instrument for the enhancement and overall development of the national community of chefs.

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