The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave brought together notable personalities from the food industry. The event sparked enriching conversations about documenting the culture and legacy of Indian cuisine and its diversity. It concluded with the felicitation of personalities and initiatives that had left their mark on the food industry in the fields of food art, literature, media and photography. Rushina created a list of nominees for each category with an aim to appreciate food chroniclers and their work. Rushina says, “The idea is to bring together people who are using different mediums so that you can meet, learn, interact and perhaps build a more fun narrative out of food going forward.”
The final list of nominations was shared with a panel of eminent, impartial leaders of the food industry post evaluation against a series of parameters for each category. The panel included Chef Ajay Chopra, Antoine Lewis, Kalyan Karmakar, Kunal Vijaykar, Marryam H. Reshii, Chef Michael Swamy, Nikhil Merchant, Chef Ranveer Brar, Ruchi Shrivastava, Rushina Munshaw-Ghilidyal, Saba Gaziyani, Saee Koranne-Khandekar, Sourish Bhattacharya, Chef Varun Inamdar, Vikram Doctor. They picked their choice for each category and provided the rationale for their selection.
Notable contributions in six categories of culinary chronicling across two bands were felicitated - Legendary Contributions (Legendary Initiative, Legendary Institution/Organisation, and Living Legend) and Contemporary Contributions (Exemplary Initiative, Exemplary Institution/Organisation, and Master Chronicler).
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The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave Hall Of Fame- Exemplary Initiative in recognition of the prolific contribution towards chronicling India's rich culinary heritage and continued commitment towards art and craft of culinary chronicling was awarded to ArchaeoBroma. It was India’s first ever conference on food as a culture which aimed at examining and disseminating the chronicling of food though historical, cultural, and academic and a social lens. It was put together by Prof. Kurush Dalal and Raamesh Raghavan. Seen in the image Mrs. Dalal receiving award from Sujit Patil and Saee Koranne Khandekar on behalf of Prof. Dalal.
Varun Inamdar and Maryam Kureshi felicitate Master Chronicler Vikram Doctor as he wins Culinary Chroniclers Conclave Hall Of Fame Exemplary Individual Award for his prolific work as a chronicler of India’s rich cultural heritage. He’s an award-winning writer who has narrated stories of unnoticed and under-represented Indian cuisine and of deep cultural wisdom that exists in our culinary heritage.
Rasachandrika, a cookbook by the Saraswat Mahila Samaj won the Culinary Chroniclers Hall of Fame Legendary Initiative award. The first edition of the Marathi cookery book which chronicled Saraswat cuisine was written by Smt. Ambabai Samsi and published posthumously in 1943. The book was edited by various members of the Mahila Samaj. Over the years, the book has been translated in Hindi and English and has evolved to include different sections. Members of the Saraswat Mahila Samaj receive the award from Prof. Mohsina Mukadam and Sourish Bhattacharya.
The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave Hall Of Fame Legendary Institution was awarded to Uppercrust, a magazine which showcases India’s culinary diversity on a global playing field. The magazine founded in the year 2000 has served as an inspiration to many food writers over the years. Launched at a time when food writing in India was a nascent stage, the quarterly magazine with its well-researched articles, mouth-watering images, met global standards. Chef Ranveer Brar and Nikhil Merchant presenting the award to team Uppercrust.
The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave Hall Of Fame Living Legend was awarded to Jiggs Kalra in recognition of his prolific contribution towards chronicling India's rich culinary heritage and continued commitment towards art and craft of culinary chronicling. He’s known as the star of Indian cuisine and a pioneer of culinary chronicling in India. The food fraternity and restaurateurs swear by his books and recipes. Kersi Marker receives the award on behalf of Jiggs Kalra from Ruchi Shrivastava and Chef Ajay Chopra.