Event Schedule

Day 1

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Inaugural Address by Conference Chairperson

Reinventing the Indian Food & Beverage Industry - Presenting Old Wine in a New Bottle

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

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM


"Jewels of Food & Beverage India" Coffee Table Book Launch

10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

Session 1

Vision of Tomorrow: Restaurants in the New World Order

  • Expected trend shifts
  • Usage of new age technology
  • Ways to ensure safe gathering
  • What challenges lie ahead
  • Vision for the next 5 years

Session Lead: Mr. Anurag Katriar, Trustee, NRAI (Voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry) & Founder & Managing Director, Indigo Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.


  • Mr. Sagar Daryani, Co-founder & CEO, Wow! Momo Foods
  • Mr. Karan Kapur, Executive Director, K Hospitality Corp
  • Ms. Gauri Devidayal, Founder & CEO, Food Matters Group
  • Dr. A.K. Tyagi, Executive Director, Haldiram Group of Companies
  • Mr. Pravesh Pandey, VP – Restaurant Success, Zomato & Shareholder and Former Director, Byg Brewski Brewing Company

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM

Session 2

Regional food in the modern/urban restaurant – how to eat local and bring regional produce to the forefront

  • Stimulating national and international taste buds through local flavours
  • Regional cooking traditions & practices and their demand
  • Helping the local community & economy by promoting, eating, and employing locals
  • Potential of regional food in the tourism industry

Session Lead: Chef Abhijit Saha, Founder & Managing Director, Ace Hospitality & Consulting


  • Mr. Ankit Gupta, Co-Founder & Director, Burma Burma
  • Chef Vineet Manocha, Senior Vice President – Culinary, Lite Bite Foods Pvt Ltd
  • Chef Lata Tondon, International Chef, Entrepreneur & Guinness World Records Holder
  • Chef Saby, Chef, Mentor, Restaurateur & Entrepreneur
  • Mr. Veer Anukul Chandhok, CEO, Dana Choga Restaurants

12:30 PM – 01:15 PM

Session 3

The who’s who of street food business – marketing the street smart way

  • Influencers and their fascination for street food – the driving factors
  • Adding revenue for street food vendors – profit through publicity
  • Impact of Covid and sustenance
  • Maintaining hygiene standards – It’s all in cleanliness!
  • The Highway Experience – Surviving against odds and adapting
  • Food Truck – Platter on wheels: challenges and benefits
  • Regional Street Food – A treat for the Epicures
  • An Odyssey in search of artisanal foods

Session Lead: Ms. Neha Bahl, Media & Brand Communication Expert, Founder, Qube Communication


  • Chef Ajay Chopra, Chefpreneur, Restaurateur, Consultant & Judge (MasterChef India)
  • Mr. Anubhav Sapra, Founder & Foodie-in-Chief, Delhi Food Walks
  • Mr. Harish Bali, Founder & Youtuber, Visa2explore
  • Mr. Nikhil Chawla, Founder, Hmm

01:15 PM – 02:15 PM

Networking Lunch

02:15 PM – 02:35 PM


Building a shock absorbing brand and ensuring it's survival during pandemic

Session Moderator: Ms. Ameeta Agnihotri, Award winning Food Critic, Author, Brand Champion – Chef Pin

  • Mr. Zorawar Kalra, Founder, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.

02:35 PM – 03:25 PM

Session 4

Cloud kitchen – encashing the silver lining in the cloud

  • Boon for smaller businesses
  • The right opportunity for Home-made brands and Home – chefs
  • Lower investment, bigger profits
  • Packaging –following the right and eco-friendly way
  • Managing smart ordering and delivery – Understanding Technology, Registrations, and Tie – ups with delivery apps
  • Art of gaining loyal customers through technology
  • Choosing the right means of promotion

Session Lead: Mr. Harry Hakuei Kosato, Founder and Managing Director, Sushi and More


  • Mr. Kabir Bose, Co-Founder & CEO, Burgerama
  • Mr. Raymond Andrews, Founder, Biryani Blues
  • Mr. Anirban Majumdar, Co-Founder & CTO, Urban Piper
  • Mr. Yeshwanth Nag Mocherla, Founder – The ThickShake Factory & Co-Founder – TTSF CloudOne

03:25 PM – 04:15 PM

Session 5

Nightlife - creating the ‘wow’ factor through an eclectic mix

  • The rise of Breweries – A 19th century sensation brewing profits in modern India
  • The Changing culture of drinking out
  • Leveraging the trend of low alcohol or non – alcoholic drinks and innovations
  • Menu R & D – Why pairing top culinary trends with the right beverage is important?
  • Making brands the safe and go to place for a night out
  • Factors to consider before opening a nightlife serving brand
  • Identifying USPs – What is hot selling?
  • Ensuring safety and growth of the staff

Session Lead: Mr. Rahul Singh, Founder & CEO, The Beer Café


  • Mr. Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants
  • Mr. Priyank Sukhija, MD & CEO, First Fiddle F&B Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Varun Puri, Founder & Director, Str8Up Hospitality Ventures
  • Ms. Shweta Jain, Chief Business Development Officer – Luxury, Reserve, Craft & Strategic Accounts, Diageo
  • Mr. Vikrant Batra, Co-founder & Director, Batra Bros. Food & Beverages Pvt Ltd.

04:15 PM – 04:30 PM

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM


Raising The Bar: Changing the Game to Emerge Stronger

  • Ms. Shweta Jain, Chief Business Development Officer – Luxury, Reserve, Craft & Strategic Accounts, Diageo

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

The art of mixology

Session 6

Session Lead: Mr. Ankur Chawla, Entrepreneur, Sommelier, Author & Speaker


  • Mr. Yangdup Lama, Entrepreneur, Beverage Consultant, Author & Partner, Drinks India Company
  • Mr. Ajit Singh, Managing Director; Bareback Hospitality & Managing Partner; Collins Hospitality

05:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Keynote Address

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

07:00 PM Onwards

Food Connoisseurs India Awards 2022

Registration Followed by Networking Cocktail & Dinner

Day 2

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Keynote Address

  • Mr. Himanshu Bhatt, General Manager Marketing, Food Service India Pvt. Ltd.

10:10 AM – 11:20 AM

Session 1

Impacting Millions: Technology & Supply Chain Management, a key essence of HORECA

  • Digital menus and innovations in restaurant and inventory management
  • Banking upon new age softwares and analytics to manage customers’ ordering preferences and overall experience
  • Real-time upselling of menus and offers
  • Methods to familiarize Restaurants and customers with technology
  • Challenges in educating staff on technology usage
  • Resource Management
  • Where can it go wrong
  • Need of the right equipment for the right food
  • Change in cooking/baking style with new age equipments
  • Ensuring the right supply chain management

Session Lead: Mr. Samir Kuckreja, Founder & CEO, Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.


  • Mr. Raghav Joshi, Co-founder, Rebel Foods
  • Mr. Vaibhav Singhal, CEO & Co-Founder, DroptheQ
  • Mr. Moiz S. Master, Founder, Restaurant.store & ALISTER Equipments
  • Mr. Abhishek Verma, Co-Founder and COO, SupplyNote
  • Chef Aanal Kotak, Chef & Co-founder, TSK Hospitality LLP

11:20 AM – 11:35 AM


Driving Food & Beverage Industry through the power of Conversational Messaging

  • Mr. Abhishek Bahl, Head SME Sales, Gupshup

11:35 AM – 12:20 PM

Session 2

Sourcing made easy with food service business

  • Express entry into the HoReCa – a sweet spot for FMCG brands
  • Impact of shifting supply chain on food service industry
  • Decoding the trickle-down effect of the pandemic on HoReCa suppliers
  • Addressing consistent supplies and value solution amidst changing times
  • Adapting to customer preferences when launching new products
  • Moving beyond options to ‘healthy’ options


  • Mr. Sandeep Ghosh, Business Head, DS Spiceco Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Sohil Wazir, Chief Commercial Officer, Blue Tribe
  • Ms. Shailee Chatrath Tyagi, Director, Organised Trade Channels, Pepsico India Beverages
  • Mr. Jay Mota, Head of Innovation, Urban Platter
  • RJ Rohan, DL 935 Show, 93.5 RED FM

12:20 PM – 12:30 PM

Keynote Address

12:30 PM – 01:10 PM

Session 3

Pet food – filling tummies of our furry friends

  • Understanding the dynamics of pet food industry
  • Pet Friendly Restaurants – Not just pet food but the whole feel
  • Measures to attract customers to a pet friendly / themed restaurant – Is it as rewarding as any other restaurant?
  • What to feed and what not to feed your pets
  • The upward rising economic curve of demand in the pet food sector

Session Lead: Mr. Santhosh Pasupuleti, Co-Founder & Managing Director, PawsnCollars Private Ltd


  • Ms. Julia, Founder, Canine India
  • Mr. Achal Gupta, Founder & CEO, JEFFURRY’S: The Pet Resort

01:10 PM – 02:10 PM

Networking Lunch

02:10 PM – 03:00 PM

Session 4

Franchising and expansion – branching out

  • Understanding Multi – Unit Expansion
  • Selecting brand and scouting locations
  • Major challenges faced by Franchisees
  • Maintaining right standards across all outlets
  • Being “The One” partner for the brands – Having the expertise and knowledge to expand the name

Session Lead: Mr. Bhavesh Chelani, MD & CEO, Santushti Shakes & Dessertino


  • Mr. Sameer Bhasin, CEO, Nando’s India
  • Mr. Kabir Advani, Managing Partner, Berco’s
  • Ms. Vandana Bhardwaj, Co-founder, Director and Speaker – Charlie Chaplin LaVegano – United Vegan Pvt Ltd.
  • Mr. Bert Mueller, Founder, California Burrito

03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Session 5

Paradigm shift in habits – the rise of plant based, organic and gourmet foods

  • The growth of plant based meat market
  • A permanent place over supermarkets shelves
  • Exotic foods and their contribution in revenue
  • Fitness and demand in organic food going hand – in – hand
  • Finding health the natural way
  • Rise of strength building and immunity-boosting food products post-pandemic

Session Lead: Mr. Nitin Dixit, Co-founder, Greenr Cafe


  • Mr. Anuj Khurana, CEO & Co-Founder, Green Grain Bowl
  • Mr. Gurmeet Singh Arora, Founder & CEO Flax – Healthy Living
  • Mr. Varun Madan, Founder CEO, Salad Days

03:50 PM – 04:50 PM

Session 6

On the hunt for the Luscious Menu

  • Culinary creativity – Driving the innovation in menu
  • Fancy is not always better
  • How much green is too much green: Evolution of Organic & Plant Based Food
  • Pairing the right beverage with the right food
  • Menu on my mind before menu on my table – Creating a long-lasting experience

Session Lead: Chef Koushik S., Celebrity Chef, Consultant, Master Chef Tamil Judge & Founder, Eatitude


  • Chef Vanshika Bhatia, Owner, Saucy Spirits Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
  • Chef Vaibhav Bhargava, Director, ABV Hospitalities Private Limited and Managing Partner & Chef, CHO Restaurant
  • Mr. Amit Bagga, CEO & Co-Founder, Daryaganj Hospitality
  • Mr. Prahlad Sukhtankar, Founder, The Black Sheep Bistro and Black Market Goa
  • Ms. Vanshika Wadhwa, Creative Director, FIO Restaurants

04:50 PM – 05:40 PM

Session 7

Café & Bakery: Reinvented and Redesigned

  • Infusing international tastes into Indian palette
  • Its more than just the coffee, cakes and pastries
  • Décor and Ambience is the key
  • Word of Mouth over mainstream marketing
  • Let’s talk about customer retention & customer satisfaction


  • Mr. Vikas Panjabi, Co-founder & MD, The Chocolate Room (India) Private Limited
  • Ms. Ruchyeta Bhatia, Founder, Love and Cheesecake, Poetry and Sesami – Asian Kitchen + Bar
  • Mr. Raghav Verma, Co-founder, Chaayos
  • Mr. Abhinav Mathur, Managing Director, Kaapi Machines
  • Mr. Vikram Khurana, Coffee Consultant & CEO, Kaapi Solutions India OPC Pvt. Ltd.; Certified Arabica Q Grader through CQI; Silver medalist at World Barista Championship, Oslo 2002