Feast For The Senses
The three-day Shouryagarh Food and Wine Festival 2017 gave attendees plenty of time to sip and savour culinary delights, while picking some tips from industry experts
For its second year extravaganza, the Shouryagarh Food and Wine Festival took over Udaipur’s Shouryagarh Resort and Spa from 7th to 9th July, 2017. This annual culinary extravaganza saw the participation of industry veterans like Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director of ITP Media India, celebrity chef and TV host Kunal Kapur, Sudhir Pai, executive chef of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, Satish Arora, former chef of Taj Hotels, Shatbhi Basu, director of Stir Academy of Bartending and flair bartender Amy Shroff.
The three-day event saw denizens of Udaipur get a glimpse of several culinary workshops and live demonstrations in addition to a display of a wide variety of wines. It highlighted the famed hospitality and culinary traditions of the city of the lakes, even as participating chefs made the best use of localised and artisanal ingredients in their creations. It also gave a platform for young professionals from the industry to showcase their talent on a grand stage while promoting the gastronomic and wine mores to the people of Udaipur.
To ensure maximum involvement of the citizens, the event was kept free for the public and attracted over 1,200 guests including hoteliers, restaurateurs and mediapersons. Some industry professionals who attended it included Tushar Mali, general manager of Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Chef Kamal, executive chef of Trident Udaipur, Chef Uttam, executive chef of Ramada, Udaipur, Chef Satish, executive chef of Royal Retreat and Spa, Rajnish Gaur, general manager of Jaisinghad, Ujwal Meenaria, general manager of Landmark Hotel, Bharat Vyas, revenue director of Taj Hotels, Subramanian, VP of public relations at HRH Hotels, UB Srivastava, MD of Parkland Hospitality, etc.
REVELRY AND EDUTAINMENT
The Shouryagarh Food and Wine Festival 2017 was inaugurated by Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director of ITP Media India. On the first day, the finals of the Udaipur Star Chef 2017 Competition was held; the preliminary rounds of which had been held in June, 2017. The competition was judged by Chef Manish Joshi, executive chef of Taj Lake Palace, Chef Love Mathur, corporate chef of HRH Hotels, Chef Kasim Khan, sous chef of Mumbai’s Old Belly Café, Bibhor Srivastava and Rupam Sarkar, general manager of Shouryagarh Resort & Spa, Udaipur. This competition was followed by a bakery and confectionery workshop by Chef Kasim Khan.
Chef Sudhir Pai of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport held a health food workshop on the second day of the event. This was followed by the Udaipur Young Chefs Challenge 2017, a professional culinary competition between 10 hotels of the city. It was judged by Chef Sudhir Pai and Chef Satish Arora. The final event of the day saw Shatbhi Basu of Stir Academy of Bartending show how to pair alcohol and food appropriately.
The third day began with a bartending workshop by flair bartender Amy Shroff, followed by Chef Vimal Dhar’s fusion food demo. Finally, celebrity chef Kunal Kapur held a demonstration on comfort food, which was appreciated by everyone.
Rohan Sable, complex general manager of Accor Hotels, Goa inaugurated the award ceremony where all key attendees of the event were felicitated and presented with mementos. Chef Satish Arora and Shatbhi Basu were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to the hospitality industry, and winners of the various cooking competitions were also declared.