Travel + Leisure India & South Asia Honours Culinary Excellence in the 4th Edition of the Delicious Dining Awards with an All-New Jury Approved Category

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia Honours Culinary Excellence in the 4th Edition of the Delicious Dining Awards with an All-New Jury Approved Category

New Delhi, 25th July 2023 – Travel + Leisure India & South Asia returns with the Delicious Dining Awards, celebrating the best of India’s dining scene at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi. The theme for this year’s award is Culinary Bazaar and in this exclusive event, the brand has unveiled the latest winners––shining a spotlight on restaurants, bars, spirits, and people who mark the best in Indian F&B.

After three successful launches in 2018, 2019 and 2022, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Delicious Dining Awards has returned. The readers’ choice awards aim to recognise and felicitate culinary craftsmanship, innovation, and trendsetters across the industry, with attendees ranging from industry experts to hoteliers, celebrity chefs, influencers and more. For the first time, this accoladed event introduces a new category, ‘Jury Approved’, where standalone restaurants and bars personally selected and greenlit by the awards’ jury will be unveiled.

  • Best Seasonal Menu: Masque, Mumbai
  • Best Innovative Food Menu: Ekaa, Mumbai
  • Best Cocktail Menu: Hoots’, New Delhi
  • Best Luxury Members-only Club: The Quorum
  • Best Emerging Restaurant: Sienna Store & Cafe, Kolkata
Björn Rettig, Mrs. Meena Bhatia, GM & Vice President, Le Meridien New Delhi, Aindrila Mitra
Björn Rettig, Meena Bhatia,
and Aindrila Mitra
Restaurateur Ashish Kapur, Best Agave Winner in Homegrown Spirits & Beverages Category - Maya Pistola Agavepura, chef and author Anahita Dhon
Ashish Kapur, Maya Pistola Agavepura,
and Anahita Dhon
T+L Tastemakers - Emerging Chef of the Year - Vanshika Bhatia and, body positivity advocate and content creator Sakshi Sindhwani
Vanshika Bhatia and Sakshi Sindhwani
T+L Tastemakers - Patisserie Chef of the Year - Sanjana Patel, Restaurateurs Dildeep and Zorawar Kalra
Sanjana Patel, Dildeep and Zorawar Kalra
T+L Tastemakers - Restaurateurs of the Year Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal
Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal
T+L Tastemakers - F&B Entrepreneurs of the Year. Yash Bhanage and Sameer Seth
Yash Bhanage and Sameer Seth

In addition to the new Jury Approved category, the Delicious Dining Awards introduces their ‘Spirit Nomination Panel’ where experts of alcohol beverages nominate their thoughtfully selected choice of favourite spirits and mixers, celebrating the finest. The winners include:

  • Best Tonic Water: Sepoy & Co.
  • Best Non-alcoholic Mixer: Jimmy’s Cocktails
  • Best Red Wine: Fratelli Sette
  • Best White Wine: The Source Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
  • Best Whisky: Godawan Single Malt
  • Best Gin: Stranger & Sons
  • Best Rum: Old Monk
  • Best Agave : Maya Pistola Agavepura Phoenix Añejo
  • Best Beer: Simba
  • Best Sparkling Wine: Chandon Brut
  • Best Vodka: Short Story

Furthermore, the Delicious Dining Awards aims to honour and felicitate individuals who are creating positive changes in the food and beverage industry. This goal is brought to life in a special category called the Travel + Leisure ‘Tastemakers,’ as winners include:

  • Innovative Chef of the Year: Varun Totlani
  • Restaurateurs of the Year: Manu Chandra and Chetan
  • Food Influencer of the Year: Sanjyot Keer
  • Patisserie Chef of the Year: Sanjana Patel
  • Emerging Chef of the Year: Vanshika Bhatia
  • F&B Entrepreneurs of the Year: Yash Bhanage & Sameer Seth
  • Culinary Icon of the Year: Manish Mehrotra
  • Sustainable Chef of the Year: Avinash Martins
  • Distiller of the Year: Anand Virmani

Aindrila Mitra, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia, said: “Travel + Leisure India & South Asia is thrilled to honor the winners of the Delicious Dining Awards, a celebration of the best in India’s dining scene, as chosen by our readers and a very special jury. This year, we received over 250,000 votes for DDA 2023– a record for us. It’s an exhilarating experience to witness the tremendous passion and dedication showcased by the winners, elevating the country’s F&B landscape to new heights. Our platform has always been committed to promoting and recognizing the very best, and these awards are a reflection of the extraordinary talent and innovation present in India’s culinary world. We are proud to be part of this journey, and we look forward to continuing our support in spotlighting the brilliance of the Indian food and beverage industry.”

DDA 2023
Hosts for the evening – Divyak D’souza and Shweta Tripati Sharma
Divyak D’souza and Shweta Tripati Sharma
DDA 2023 Stage

Björn Rettig, CEO of BurdaLuxury, said: “At BurdaLuxury, we continuously aspire to create a vibrant community of people shaping the future in their respective industries. The Travel + Leisure India & South Asia Delicious Dining Awards stand as a testament to our commitment in celebrating culinary excellence. Through this platform, we embrace the vibrant diversity of India’s F&B scene, encouraging creativity, craftsmanship, and trendsetting within the industry. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the winners, as they continue to set new standards of excellence in the culinary world.”

For the full list of winners, readers can head over to the Delicious Dining Awards microsite as well as follow Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s social media channels for any updates.

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