Food Connoisseurs India Convention

National Edition 2024

11-12 September, 2024
The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

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REDISCOVER THE FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

About

#FCIC2024

A vibrant tapestry of flavors, India’s F&B market is experiencing explosive growth in the current times and is projected to reach $504.92 billion by 2027. This boom is driven by a young, tech-savvy population, urbanization’s convenience demands, and a growing health consciousness. Trends like healthy snacking, plant-based alternatives, and low-sugar options are taking center stage. Culinary diversity thrives, with traditional dishes evolving and global influences adding spice. E-commerce and delivery platforms fuel instant gratification, while sustainability and ethical sourcing gain traction. Further, vegan and vegetarian alternatives are witnessing a surge, driven by ethical, environmental, and health concerns. Plant-based meat, dairy, and egg substitutes are gaining significant traction.

The Indian palate is becoming more adventurous, with consumers embracing global flavors and cuisines. This is leading to the rise of fusion food concepts and international restaurant chains.

Moreover, technology is playing an increasingly important role in the F&B industry, from online ordering and delivery to smart kitchens and automated processes. This is enhancing efficiency, transparency, and customer experience.

The Indian F&B market is brimming with potential, with its diverse consumer base and evolving preferences offering exciting opportunities. As the industry navigates these changes, it’s crucial to focus on innovation, cater to the evolving needs of consumers, and embrace sustainable practices. The future of food in India is sure to be a delicious blend of tradition, modernity, and innovation.

In this line, Industry Live presents national edition of the Food Connoisseurs India Convention – an annual event that brings together industry leaders, chefs, and food enthusiasts from all over India to deliberate on the dynamic F&B market and highlights. This year’s convention would highlight the immense potential for innovation in the HoReCa segment while focussing on the evolving consumer preferences, making it a fascinating space to watch.

The previous five editions of the convention have witnessed participation from 10,000+ attendees learning from 200+ esteemed speakers. Celebrating the achievements of the sector, the convention has been a testament to 800+ awards being presented to the achievers of the HoReCa sector who have withstood the test of time.

Magic is believing in yourself.

What you will get?

Network with Industry Leaders

Connect and build relationships with key players in the Indian food industry, including chefs, restaurateurs, food producers, and distributors

Spark Business Ideas

Gain inspiration and spark new business ideas through engaging presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions

Expand Your Knowledge

Immerse yourself in a world of diverse cuisines through interactive sessions, workshops, and demonstrations led by renowned chefs and food experts

Stay Ahead of Trends:

Gain valuable insights into emerging ingredients, consumer preferences, and technological advancements that are transforming the industry

Esteemed Speakers 2024

Conference Chairperson

CHEF MANJIT
GILL

President, IFCA; Managing Director, Eco Green Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

CHEF AJAY CHOPRA

CHEF AJAY CHOPRA

Chefpreneur, Restaurateur, Consultant & Judge (MasterChef India)
DR. A.K. TYAGI

DR. A.K. TYAGI

Executive Director, Haldiram Group of Companies
CHEF MONTU SAINI

CHEF MONTU SAINI

Executive Chef - ITDC- Parliament House, Sr. Executive Chef – President’s Secretariat (June 2015 – August 2020), Honourary Member To Le Club Des Chefs Des Chefs (CCC) (Since June 2015), CCC – Club Of Personal Chefs Of Heads Of States & The World’s Most Exclusive Gastronomic Society
CHEF CHALAPATHI RAO

CHEF CHALAPATHI RAO

Cuisine Designer & Partner – Simply South, MasterChef India (Telugu) Judge, TEDx Speaker

VIKRANT BATRA

VIKRANT BATRA

Co-founder, Cafe Delhi Heights
KAZEM SAMANDARI

KAZEM SAMANDARI

Executive Chairman, L’Opera
CHEF ABHIJIT SAHA

CHEF ABHIJIT SAHA

Restauranteur, Food & Beverage Consultant, Oenophile And Author Chef-Owner – LYFE, Farm To Fork Restaurant, Bangalore
CHEF DAVINDER KUMAR

CHEF DAVINDER KUMAR

Executive Chef & Vice President, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi & President, Indian Culinary Forum

SWARNALATHA RAVI

SWARNALATHA RAVI

Director, Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan
VINAY B C

VINAY B C

Founder and Brewpreneur, Long Boat Brewing Co.; Forbes Business Council Member 2024
AMIT BAGGA

AMIT BAGGA

CEO & Co-Founder, Daryaganj Hospitality
ABHINAV MATHUR

ABHINAV MATHUR

Managing Director, Kaapi Machines

SUDHIR BARABARI

SUDHIR BARABARI

General Manager – Soulinaire Taj Enterprises Limited, An IHCL Enterprise
CHEF SABY

CHEF SABY

Chef, Mentor, President – Young Chefs Association of India (YCAI), Restaurateur & Entrepreneur
SHIVNAYAN AGGARWAL

SHIVNAYAN AGGARWAL

Market Transformation Manager, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
CHEF KOUSHIK S.

CHEF KOUSHIK S.

Chef, Consultant, MasterChef Tamil Judge & Founder, Eatitude

CHEF VAIBHAV BHARGAVA

CHEF VAIBHAV BHARGAVA

Brand Chef, Chica loca by Sunny Leone & Director of ABV hospitalities private limited
G K PRAMOD

G K PRAMOD

Author, Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Iyengar’s Oven Fresh, Coffee Confessions, Casa Picossa Tropical Terrace, Bengaluru Belly

& Many More to Join...

A Few of the Previous Speakers

PADMA SHRI SANJEEV KAPOOR

Masterchef & Entrepreneur

PADMA SHRI DR. PUSHPESH PANT

Indian Academician, Food Critic And Historian

CHEF KUNAL KAPUR

Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Judge (MasterChef India), Author & Food Researcher

ZORAWAR KALRA

Founder & MD, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. & Judge (MasterChef India)

Chef Hemant Oberoi

Founder, OB Hospitality and Hemant Oberoi Hospitality Goa
Founder, Michelin Selection Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi

CHEF RANVEER BRAR

Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, TV Show Host, Masterchef India Judge, Author & Food Film Producer

CHEF ATUL KOCHHAR

2 Time Michelin Starred Chef, Restaurateur & Entrepreneur

RIYAAZ AMLANI

CEO & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants

Sanjay Vazirani

Chief Executive Officer, Foodlink F&B Holdings India Pvt. Ltd.

ANURAG KATRIAR

Trustee, NRAI (Voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry) & Founder & Managing Director, Indigo Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

RAHUL SINGH

Founder & CEO, The Beer Café

KARAN KAPUR

Executive Director,
K Hospitality Corp

YANGDUP LAMA

Entrepreneur, Beverage Consultant,
Author & Co-Founder, Sidecar and
Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy and
Partner, Drinks India Company

ROCKY MOHAN

Brand custodian, Old Monk,
Author, Founder, Gourmet
Passport & Chef Pin

RAGHAV JOSHI

Co-founder,
Rebel Foods

CHEF ABHIJIT SAHA

Restauranteur, Food & Beverage Consultant, Oenophile And Author
Chef-Owner – LYFE, Farm To Fork Restaurant, Bangalore

DR. A.K. TYAGI

Executive Director,
Haldiram Group of Companies

ESHWAR K VIKAS

Co-founder & CEO,
Mukunda Foods

KABIR ADVANI

Managing Partner, Berco’s

SAMIR KUCKREJA

Founder & CEO,
Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

Chef Chalapathi Rao

Cuisine Designer & Partner – Simply South, MasterChef India (Telugu) Judge, TEDx Speaker

CHEF AMRITA RAICHAND

TV Host & Judge | Lifestyle Chef |
India’s Cultural Ambassador|
Tedx Speaker

CHEF SHIPRA KHANNA

MasterChef India Season 2
Winner, Cookbook Author,
TV Host/Producer & Consultant

TARAK BHATTACHARYA

Executive Director and CEO,
Mad Over Donuts

DR. VIKRAM KAMAT

Founder Chairman,
The VITSKamats Group

GAURI DEVIDAYAL

Co-founder, Food Matters Group

CHEF AJAY CHOPRA

Chefpreneur, Restaurateur,
Consultant & Judge
(MasterChef India)

CHEF MONTU SAINI

Executive Chef – Parliament House

CHEF SARANSH GOILA

Celebrity Chef & Founder, Goila Butter Chicken

CHEF SHAUN KENWORTHY

Chef, Restaurateur, Consultant, Food & Travel Writer

SHATBHI BASU

Director,
Creative Consultants &
STIR Academy of Bartending

SIDDHANT RAGHUNANDAN KAMATH

Director,
Natural Ice Creams

Parthiv Patel

CEO & Co-Founder,
Petpooja

RAHUL SETH

Co-Founder,
Burger Singh

RAJEEV MATTA

Founder, Chholay;
Partner, Matta Kansara & Sons LLP

RAJENDRA KALKAR

President (Malls) & Whole Time Director,
The Phoenix Mills Ltd

VIKAS PANJABI

Co-Founder & MD,
The Chocolate Room (India) Private Limited

Chef Gautam Mehrishi

Corporate Executive Chef,
NESCO Foods

Gaurav H Parikh

Director,
Richboyz Hospitality Pvt Ltd

Vijay Dalwani

Chairman,
DNY Hospitality

CHEF AANAL KOTAK

 Celebrity Chef & Co-Founder,
TSK Hospitality LLP

DHIMAN DAS

Executive Director,
K.C. Das Private Limited

Prashant Issar

Founder, Ishaara and
Director, Bellona Hospitality

Neeti Goel

Director,
Avan Ventures Pvt Ltd

ARJUN CHUGH

Founder,
7th Heaven Bakery Cafe, 7th Avenue Waffles & 7th Street Boba

FARMAN BEIG

Co-Founder & CEO,
Wat-A-Burger

TEJA CHEKURI

Managing Partner,
Ironhill India

PRANAV RUNGTA

Co-Founder And Director, Nksha Restaurant And
Vice President, NRAI

Prahlad Sukhtankar

Founder,
The Black Sheep Bistro and Black Market Goa

AMRISH ARORA

Managing Director,
Fountain Hospitality Pvt Ltd

CHEF VINOD BHATTI

Food Range & Supply Leader, IKEA India & Member – Indian Culinary Forum, IFCA, WACS

Raghavendra Rao

Co-Founder & CEO
The Rameshwaram Café

CHEF ISHIJYOT SURRI

Executive Chef & Founder,
SJI Hospitality & Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Swarnalatha Ravi

Director,
Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan

Mukesh Tolani

Co-Founder and Director, Toit Beer Co., pH4 Food & Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

RAJAT WAHI

Partner,
Deloitte Consulting, India

PUSHPA BECTOR

Executive Director,
DLF Retail

CHEF KOUSHIK S.

Celebrity Chef, Consultant,
Master Chef Tamil Judge &
Founder, Eatitude

CHEF DAVINDER KUMAR

Executive Chef & Vice President,
Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi
& President, Indian Culinary Forum

PAWAN SHAHRI

Founder & CEO, Chrome Asia
Hospitality Pvt Ltd.

CHEF SABY

Chef, Mentor,
Restaurateur & Entrepreneur

RAKSHAY DHARIWAL

Founder & Managing Director,
Pass Code Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

ABHAYRAJ SINGH KOHLI

Founder, Tori, Grandmamas Café,
MRP & The Roll Company

ADITI DUGAR

Director & Founder, Masque &
Urban Gourmet India Pvt. Ltd.

SONAL HOLLAND

Master of Wine, Founder Director,
Soho Wine Consultants & Sonal
Holland Wine Academy

CHEF SUDHIR PAI

Chef & F&B Consultant,
Pai & Associates

DHEERAJ GUPTA

Founder and MD,
Jumboking

JASMIT TIBB

Managing Director,
Tibb’s Frankie

PRAVESH PANDEY

VP – Restaurant Success, Zomato &
Shareholder and Former Director,
Byg Brewski Brewing Company

ANUBHAV SAPRA

Founder & Foodie-in-Chief,
Delhi Food Walks

Nicolas Grossemy

Co-Founder,
Paris Panini

CHEF RAKHEE VASWANI

Founder,
Palate Culinary Academy

VANIITHA JAIIN

Founder, The Perfect Pour

SHAILEE CHATRATH TYAGI

Director, Organised Trade Channels,
Pepsico India Beverages

RAYMOND ANDREWS

Founder,
Biryani Blues

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Exhibition Overview

The Food Connoisseurs India Exhibition is a premium trade exhibition for the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry, offering exhibitors and sponsors a strong and respected platform to engage face-to-face.

Booking a stand at the Show puts you in front of some of the biggest names in the business. #FCIC2024 attracts Owners, Directors, CEO’s, MDs, Chefs and Managers from mid to high-end restaurants, branded casual dining chains, hotels, bar & pub groups, cafes, caterers, retail, and leisure establishments across India.

Food Connoisseurs India Awards 2024

The Food Connoisseurs India Awards (FCIA) recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in the Indian Food & Beverage (F&B) industry. Held across regional editions, they honor individuals and establishments across various categories, from chefs and restaurants to innovative food products and sustainable practices. The awards process involves a thorough evaluation by a jury, ensuring recognition goes to those truly pushing boundaries and elevating the industry. Winning an FCIA award serves as a prestigious endorsement, promoting brand awareness and attracting new customers. In essence, the FCIA shines a spotlight on the best and brightest in the Indian F&B scene, inspiring others and shaping the future of culinary excellence.

Esteemed Jury Members

CHEF MANJIT GILL

President, IFCA; Managing Director, Eco Green Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

CHEF AJAY CHOPRA

Chefpreneur, Restaurateur, Consultant & Judge (MasterChef India)

CHEF ABHIJIT SAHA

Restauranteur, Food & Beverage Consultant, Oenophile And Author Chef-Owner – LYFE, Farm To Fork Restaurant, Bangalore

CHEF CHALAPATHI RAO

Cuisine Designer & Partner – Simply South, MasterChef India (Telugu) Judge, TEDx Speaker

CHEF DAVINDER KUMAR

Executive Chef & Vice President, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi & President, Indian Culinary Forum

CHEF SABY

Chef, Mentor, President – Young Chefs Association of India (YCAI), Restaurateur & Entrepreneur

CHEF KOUSHIK S.

Chef, Consultant, MasterChef Tamil Judge & Founder, Eatitude

& Many More to Join...

Award Categories

Restaurant Awards
Cuisine Awards
Cafe & bakery Awards
Design Awards
Nightlife Awards
Individual Honors
Newcomer Awards
Special Awards
Franchise Awards

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December 23 to 26, 2022
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