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The Big F Awards 2017: The fourth season of Gurgaon's biggest & most popular food awards concludes with fervour
Some of the biggest names of India's hospitality industry descended at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Gurgaon on Wednesday evening to celebrate the fourth season of 'The Big F Awards' – undoubtedly, Gurgaon's biggest & most popular food awards.

The gala event was marked with the presence of bigwigs from the food & beverage business including celebrity chefs and prominent food critics. Trust me, the list was endless with names like chefs Manish Mehrotra, Manjit Gill, Amrita Raichand, Manisha Bhasin, Rakesh Sethi, Saransh Goila, and Saby Gorai; food historian and critic Osama Jalali; author and columnist Anoothi Vishal; well known food critic Rinku Madan; and stalwarts of the culinary world including Zorawar Kalra, Rocky Singh, Ashish Singh, and Siddharth Talwar among others.

Last but not the least, Padma Shri awardee Chef Sanjeev Kapoor also graced the occasion with his presence. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was the guest of honour at the event, just managed to make it towards the fag end of the awards as Mumbai has been facing incessant rains affecting all outbound flights from the city. However, even forces of nature were unable to stop Chef Sanjeev Kapoor from marking his presence at the awards underlining his commitment towards the whole concept of The Big F Awards – the biggest community driven food awards.

Pawan Soni, the brain behind The Big F Awards, played the perfect host by welcoming each guest with zeal and gusto. Pawan Soni is the founder-member and CEO of Indian Food Freak – a blog which he started to acknowledge the art of cooking and fine dining.

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Over the years, the blog that Soni had envisaged has virtually turned into a vast community of food lovers and bloggers. Restaurant reviews and food recipes are common features on his blog which also incorporates effective use of social media platforms like Facebook. Soni's website indianfoodfreak.com is today one of the most popular food blogs of India with a monthly readership of almost 100,000. The blog currently has over 33,000 followers and counting.

While speaking at The Big F Awards 2017 on Wednesday, Pawan Soni said, "Over the years, The Big F Awards has become the benchmark in quality when it comes to the food and beverage industry in Gurgaon. From home chefs, to stand alone units to five star hotels, everyone gets a chance to shine. The awards themselves are reflective of the spirit of Gurgaon, buzzing, alive and full of excitement and innovation. They are a night when the industry comes to celebrate its finest and also to let their hair down and enjoy a great evening as well."

The grand evening started off with welcome drinks, scrumptious snacks, and choicest of fine wines & drinks. The awards ceremony began with live performance by famous Bollywood playback singer Neha Bhasin, who crooned the popular song Jag Ghoomya (from blockbuster film Sultan) in her silky voice.

Big F Award Food

The event further moved on with an adrenaline pumping live drum performance by RG Studio's BEYOND Bollywood team (Kingdom of Dreams). The Big F Awards honoured people who have consistently worked hard in their particular spheres of expertise under categories of best-in-house PR professional, Talented Young Bartender, Debutant of the Year, Restaurant of the Year 2017, and the Restaurateur of the Year 2017. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor who earlier this year became the proud recipient of the Padma Shri was specially felicitated by the jury.

The winners of The Big F Awards are selected through a short listing process which passes through various stages. Eventually the winner is declared out of the five nominees in each category. The awards are broadly divided into two basic categories namely People's Choice awards and Jury's choice awards.

Here's a list of some prominent winners of The Big F Awards 2017:


           Category             People's Choice          Jury's choice  
 Indian Cuisines        
  North Indian      Dhaba, est 1986 Delhi       Punjab Grill Tappa
 Indian regional cuisine                 SodaBottleOpenerWala      Matamaal
 World Cuisine   
 All Day Dining in a 
 5 Star Hotel
       Latitude (Vivanta by Taj)        Spectra (The Leela)
 Cafe       Cafe Delhi Heights     Di Ghent Cafe
 Chinese       Mamagoto     The Kylin Experience       
 European Chinese        Prego – The Westin     Zanotta (The Leela) 
 Mediterranean         Olive Bistro      Zizo
 Other World Cuisine        Hard Rock Cafe    Yum Yum Cha
 Gurgaon Special
  
 Biryani        Biryani Blues      Jolly Nizams
 Buffet         Indian Grill Room      Pirates of Grill
 Pizza       Tossin Pizza      NYC Pie
 Pub/Bar       Prankster     Manhattan Bar

The Big F Awards were hosted by venue partner, The Hyatt Regency Hotel Gurgaon. Other sponsors of the event were Cocio, Nova Dairy Product, Beam Suntory, Long Horn, POSIST, Lake Forest, TRC Consulting, Good To Go, Monin, SpeedX, Himalayan, Radio One, Blue Beans, and Intelliquo Communications.

Some say that the four secrets to happiness are good food, wine, cocktails & coffee. Well, at The Big F Awards 2017, all four were found in abundance!

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