In these unprece.dented times, we have seen many vicissitudes and tried to adapt to a new normal. Thankfully, some things never change like the Indian Culinary Forum’s (ICF) endeavour to help deserving chefs thrive. The raging Covid- 19 pandemic has not deterred the community of chefs from the Indian Culinary Forum to celebrate their annual flagship event of Chef Awards and Knowledge Summit. Rather, the challenge of organizing the event under constrained circumstances has infused more enthusiasm and excitement in them.
Hoping to share a message of strength and positivity to the gastronomic world and to recognize and honour the chefs and their exceptional contribution towards the hospitality industry, the Indian Culinary Forum (ICF) successfully organized The Annual Chef Awards and Summit. By observing the government’s orders and guidelines, it was carefully planned and curated to ensure a coronavirussafe event.
Hosted to commemorate the International Chefs Day, the 17th Annual Chef Awards saw the presence of renowned master chefs and veterans of the hospitality industry at Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi. Chef Awards have been conceptualised to bring an international acclaim to Indian cuisine and honour the chefs and their contribution to the hospitality industry and society at large. The evening witnessed several veterans as well as promising chefs who competed for the coveted titles.
As part of the 17th Annual Chef Awards, ICF also organised the 8th edition of Knowledge Summit which witnessed the participation of the stalwarts of the Indian hospitality sector resulting in knowledge building and thought leadership. The theme of this year’s summit was “Exploring New Horizons and Challenges: Experts Perspectives on Opportunities During These Times”. The summit witnessed participation of aspiring chefs, hotel management students and hospitality professionals from all over India, who discussed, debated and deliberated upon a lot of burning issues relating to the hospitality industry in the COVID times.
The summit was phased over four sessions. The inaugural session was done virtually by Anil Bhandari, a hospitality industry veteran and Chairman of the Organising Committee on the topic, Exploring New Horizons and Challenges: Experts Perspectives on Opportunities During These Times”. The second session was on Entrepreneurship and Chefs in the Post Covid Times by Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, interviewed by Smitha Menon. He advises the aspiring entrepreneurs, “Don’t keep waiting for very big opportunities. Start small and build on it. Most chefs think that perfection is a virtue, but I think it can be a big impediment. Because when you say something is perfect, there is a lot of pressure from yourself, friends, family etc.
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