Gurgoan Foodie hosted the inaugural Gurgaon Foodie Restaurants Awards(GFRA) at Indian Grill Room, Gurgaon, where all the leading restaurants from the millennium city- participated to emerge the best in the city. It is a unique set of awards. It is for the first time that a community of foodies has come together to honour the best in F&B.
Gurgaon is the land of amazing diversity in food. Here a senior Goan couple has an eatery that has never run short of customers for close to a decade. An Oriya homemaker has set up a modest restaurant where some are getting their first taste of Santula. A Nepali chef has the suburb’s sizeable Japanese diaspora enthralled with his authentic bento boxes. And a Bengali chef has been turning out some of the best Tapas this side of Spain for his admiring European and Indian patrons. No wonder that Gurgaon is increasingly referred to as the nation’s Food Capital. The ceremony was held on 18th April at the Indian Grill Room rooftop.The awards reflect the true choice of the Gurgaon Foodie members and their family and friends without any jury influencing the process and no sponsors to compromise on objectivity. The award ceremony is a ticketed event with foodies paying to celebrate. So, the GFRA Awards are the most honest and transparent awards ever conducted.
Among the winners are some very uniquely Gurgaon brands like Farzi café getting the restaurant of the year, Café Delhi Heights as the best café, Olive Bistro as the best European restaurant, The Monk as the best Pan Asian restaurant and Fat Lulu’s for the best pizza. A complete list of winners is provided at the end of the note.
Aalok Wadhwa, Founder- Gurgaon Foodie said, “Gurgaon Foodie restaurant awards will reflect the true choice of this community without any jury influencing the process and no sponsors to compromise on objectivity. The awards are going to be the most honest and transparent awards ever hosted in India, and a tribute to the power of social media!’’
Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt.Ltd said on winning two awards for Farzi Café in the European category, “We are very ecstatic at being honoured with two awards at the 2015 edition of Gurgaon Foodies Restaurant Awards for our modern Indian bistro, Farzi Café. The tremendous response received from our patrons in just 9 months of opening is indeed very humbling and makes us push the envelope further to offer a delectable culinary experience, while continuing to innovate.”
AD Singh– Director –Olive Bar & Kitchen said on Olive winning the top award in the European category, “I wanted to be here to support the Gurgaon foodie awards as their format seems very fair and credible. Gurgaon is an important market for us as both Olive and Soda are here and we’ve been very pleased with the audience here since we opened.”
On winning the award of Only Delivery Bakers category – Divya Sreeji (De Cakery) said, “I’m a NIFT graduate turned IT professional who finally found her calling in a bowl of butter, flour and sugar. I love inventing new flavours and combinations and nothing excites me more than working on a challenging new design. Gurgaon Foodie group is a thriving, vibrant group of enthusiastic foodies who bond together over reviews, discussions, pictures, recipes, get togethers and the common love of good food. The best thing about the group is that it is non-commercial and the admins are active and ensure no marketing, direct or indirect is encouraged. Needless to say, I’m addicted to it!”
Smita Sabharwal From My Kitchen won the award in Home Delivery category said, “I’m a fun loving person and I just believe in ‘Doing’ what I ‘Love’. This is my mantra to excel. Food has been my passion and cooking began the next passion. Gurgaon Foodie Group is a wonderful platform for the budding & aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry to grow, reach out to the right kind of customers. It is actually bridging the gap of what people need and how they can get exactly what they want. The Forum is involved in several initiatives to motivate people like us to do better and better.’’