Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts First Varli Culinary Awards in NY

    NEW YORK (TIP): Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and renowned Indian-American actor Manu Narayan hosted the Varli Culinary Awards in Manhattan on November 15. The inaugural awards are a revolutionary concept that honors the best culinary skills amongst varied categories related to Indian cuisine. Varli Singh, the brand owner, is a prominent member in the field of world cuisine and has been consistently promoting Indian cuisine internationally. “We really wanted to recognize and applaud the contributions and amazing achievements of Indian chefs, restaurateurs, and key influencers on the international culinary stage,” Singh said in a statement to the press at the event. Celebrated Chef Sanjeev Kapoor also extended his appreciation for the event.

    “This is a wonderful platform to promote our Indian cuisine on a world stage. But most of all, this is a great opportunity to bring in the best chefs of Indian cuisine under one roof and celebrate our food together,” said Mr. Kapoor. Bollywood actor Chandrachur Singh, Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri and many other celebrity chefs, attended the exclusive black-tie event. Chef Jehangir Mehta judged the event along with popular UAE food critic Gaurav Tandon. The other panel of judges included culinary experts such as Vikas Khanna, Rajesh Bhardwaj and Hari Nayak. The award function also had a sample tasting of incredible Indian cuisine and delicious cocktails made by some of the best restaurants in the Tri-state area. “Guests will experience a classy and entertaining affair filled with celebrity personalities, delicious tastings, and of course drinks!” Varli Singh added. The event also introduced a new line of kitchenware called ‘Varliware’ which was much welcomed by the international attendees, as most are starved of traditional Indian cooking utensils.

    The award categories and winners from the event are:Varli Appreciate Award
    Sarina Amin – Diku Bhai – Hemant Mathur – Rajesh Bhardwaj – Avtar Walia – Sanjeev Kapoor

    Varli Cook Off Contestants
    Preet Singh – Reshma Bathija – Sonny Chatrath – Jyoti Singh – Roni Mazumdar – Niru Kumria (Runner up) – Saira Malhotra (Winner)

    Best Mixologist
    Raju Somerpet

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    Best Food Critic, UAE
    Gaurav Tandon

    Best Dessert & Pastry – Presented by Mithaas
    Sweet Silk – Confections by Shefalee Patel

    Best Restaurant, UAE – Presented by Nanking Restaurant Group
    Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Dubai

    Influential Women in the Restaurant Scene
    Rohini Dey, Vermilion restaurants

    Best Dessert & Pastry Chef
    Jehangir Mehta, Grafitti & Mehtaphor

    Best Chef 2012
    Vikas Khanna, Junoon

    Rising Star Chef – Presented by Junoon
    Shravan Shetty, Urban Spice

    Lifetime Achievement – Restaurateur
    Avtar Walia, Tamarind restaurants

    Lifetime Achievement – Chef
    Sanjeev Kapoor

    Best Chef, India
    Sabyasachi Gorai

    Best Restaurant, India
    Indian Accent, New Delhi

    Best Restaurant, Toronto

    Best Restaurant, Washington, DC
    Indique Heights

    Best Fast Food

    Best Restaurant Upstate, NY

    Best Restaurant, Connecticut

    Best Restaurant, Long Island

    Best Restaurant, New Jersey
    Palace of Asia

    People’s Choice – Best Restaurant New York City
    Bukhara Grill

    Critic’s Choice – Best Restaurant New York City

    Movers & Shakers
    Rakesh Agarwal – Shaun Mehtani – Sneh Mehtani – Nitin Vyas – Shiva Natrajan – Avtar Walia – Kamal Arora – Rajesh Bhardwaj – KN Vinod – Surfy Rahman – Gary Sikka – Prasad Chirnomula – Munish Narula

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