The culinary world in India came alive at The Lalit, Mumbai as the Better Kitchen Awards™, the most distinguished and exclusive awards ceremony, recognized the outstanding contributions of Chefs, Kitchen Consultants, Brand Managers, Purchase Managers, and HoReCa Products. With Everest as the Title Partner and Indian Oil as the Presenting Partner, the event brought together the creme de la creme of the culinary industry to celebrate excellence and innovation.
Better Kitchen Awardees
Renowned chef and culinary icon, Sanjeev Kapoor, has been bestowed with the Better Kitchen Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his unparalleled contributions to the culinary world and his unwavering dedication to the art of cooking.
The Better Kitchen Awards™, founded with the aim of honoring excellence and innovation in India’s diverse culinary landscape, showcased the remarkable talents and innovations that shape the way we experience food. The event was graced by renowned chefs, industry leaders, and stakeholders who have played pivotal roles in shaping the culinary industry.
The Better Kitchen Awards™ is the only awards ceremony of its kind in India, focusing on the following categories:
Chefs: Recognizing culinary talents that have taken Indian cuisine to new heights with their creativity and expertise.
Kitchen Consultants: Celebrating professionals who have transformed commercial kitchens with their innovative designs and strategies.
Purchase Managers: Honoring those who have shown excellence in sourcing and managing the procurement of kitchen essentials.
Brand Manager: Acknowledging individuals responsible for successfully promoting culinary brands and products in the market.
HoReCa Product: Celebrating products designed to meet the unique needs of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering industry.
The Better Kitchen Awards™ is proud to announce the list of winners for its inaugural edition:
Akshay Kulkarni – Millet Chef
Anup Kumar – Showcasing Traditional Cuisines
Ashish Ashok Wankhade – Hospital Kitchen Chef
Debdutta Banerjee – Executive Chef East
Gaurav Gidwani – Restaurant Concept Creator
Gurumeet Khatri – Executive Chef West
Jai Kumar Bhasin – Cruise Chef
Juliano Rodrigues – Innovative Chef Restaurant
Kedar M Bobde – Executive Chef South
Krishna Khetle – Most Promising Chef
Mujeeb ur Rehman – Chef of Regional Indian Cuisines
Nesar Ahmad Noorullah – Executive Pastry Chef Central
Rajesh Kumar – Executive Sous Chef Hot Kitchen
Rakhee Vaswani – Lady Bakery Chef
Ritesh Kumar Tulsian – Culinary Alchemist
Samir Prakash Giri – Young Chef
Tushar Malkani – Hospitality & Services
Vaibhav Bhargava – Promoting South East Asian Cuisines
Vivek Chauhan – Executive Pastry Chef North
Yogender Uniyal – Green Kitchen Chef
Kitchen Consultants Category:
Jaideep Gupta – Kitchen Consultant Pre Opening Restaurant
Mahendra Khairiya – Kitchen Consultant Restaurant
Sadanand Acharya – Kitchen Consultant Cloud Kitchen
Sunit Sharma – Kitchen Consultant Master Kitchen
Swarn Kamal – Kitchen Consultant Central Kitchen
Purchase Managers Category:
C. Rajendiran – Purchase Manager
Mahendra Gaikwad – Cost Saving Champion
Rajesh Kadam – Purchase Manager Suppliers Relationship Management
Ram Vriksh Dwivedi – Most Promising Purchase Manager of the Year
Brand Managers Category:
Uraaz Irani – Uniform
HoReCa Products Category:
Wagh Bakri Tea – Fresh Milk Tea/Coffee Machine
Popular Choice Awards:
Altamsh Patel – Rising Star Chef
Anees Khan – Entrepreneur Chef
Anirban Dasgupta – Sustainable Chef
Danish Khan – Innovative Pastry Chef
Harpal Singh Sokhi – Celebrity Chef
Manish Mehrotra – Promoting Indian Cuisines Worldwide
Michael Swamy – Culinary Travelogue
Naresh Shahani – Kitchen Consultant of the Year
Nitin Nagrale – Innovation in Procurement
Paul Kinny – Culinary Director
Prashant Kulkarni – Food & Beverage Director
Saba Gaziyani – Food Stylist
Sabyasachi Gorai – Maverick Chef
Sanjeev Kapoor – Life Time Achievement Award
Sidney Dcunha – Executive Chef of the Year
Sudhir Pai – Vernon Coelho Memorial Award
Vicky Ratnani – Community Outreach Chef
Sudhakar Rao – Young Chef Mentor
The Better Kitchen Awards™ is committed to continually recognizing and honoring the outstanding efforts that contribute to the growth and innovation of the culinary industry in India.