FCIC 2023 Awards Crown The Titans Of Taste And Innovation; Here’s The List Of Winners!

Explore the winners across diverse categories, from Best Newcomers to Individual Excellence, showcasing dedication, creativity, and a vibrant tapestry of flavours.

by Mallika Khurana
FCIC 2023 Awards Crown The Titans Of Taste And Innovation; Here’s The List Of Winners!

Imagine a vibrant gathering where the aroma of gourmet delights blends with the excitement of recognition. The Food Connoisseurs India Convention 2023 was an exhilarating celebration of culinary excellence and innovation, encapsulating the very essence of India’s dynamic food and beverage industry. This grand event wasn’t just about accolades; it was a convergence of pioneers, a showcase of trends, and a stage for acknowledging outstanding achievements. 

Culinary Brilliance At Food Connoisseurs India Convention 2023

Imagine the thrill as Maaya Culinary Exotica from South India claimed the title of Best Newcomer in the Restaurant category, setting a benchmark for excellence. Meanwhile, True Goodness in Chennai soared high as the Best Newcomer in Cloud Kitchen, defining innovation in the digital dining sphere. 

The awards didn’t stop there; they painted a mosaic of culinary mastery across various categories. From the tantalising Hyderabadi Biryani by Mehfil Group of Restaurants to the modern twists of Pan-Asian cuisine at Pa Pa Ya, each winner represented a distinct flavour of excellence.

Each award wasn’t just a recognition; it was a tale of perseverance, passion, and dedication. Behind every winner stood a story of late nights, innovative recipes, and an unwavering commitment to providing the best to their patrons.

When this lavish celebration came to an end, the Food Connoisseurs India Convention 2023 had done more than just recognise excellence—it had also knitted together the elements of India’s vibrant and diverse food scene, creating a lasting legacy that would be remembered and enjoyed for years to come.

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Awards Spotlighting Exceptional Gastronomic Visionaries

Here’s a comprehensive list of winners across different segments:

Best Newcomers:


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  • Restaurant: Maaya Culinary Exotica (South India)
  • Cloud Kitchen (Chennai): True Goodness
  • QSR: Kunafa World
  • QSR (Bengaluru): GoPizza India
  • QSR (Hyderabad): Nothing Before Coffee
  • QSR (Chennai): Biryani Feast
  • Café (Bengaluru): Green Bean Coffee
  • Bakery (Bengaluru): The Brownie Circles
  • Restro-Bar: Magique Rooftop Bar and Kitchen
  • Restro-Bar (Bengaluru): Bengaluru Box (A&Y Ventures)
  • Restro-Bar (Hyderabad): Luft Bar and Kitchen, A Unit of RMM Hospitality
  • Microbrewery: Long Boat Brewing Co.
  • Microbrewery (Bengaluru): Peepai Brewery & Kitchen
  • Tap Room (Bengaluru): Full Circle Taproom
  • Caterer (Hyderabad): Nistala’s Organic Hues OPC Pvt Ltd

Best In Cuisine:


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  • Hyderabadi Biryani (South India): Mehfil Group of Restaurants
  • Biryani: Buhari Hotel Since 1951 Mount Road
  • Multi Cuisine: Zaitoon Restaurant & Grills
  • Pan-Asian Cuisine: Pa Pa Ya – Modern Asian Bistro
  • Modern Indian Cuisine: Ishaara (Bellona Hospitality Private Limited)
  • Andhra Cuisine: Nandhana Palace, Legendary Andhra Restaurant Chain
  • Karnataka Cuisine: Hallimane
  • Sindhi Cuisine: Kailash Parbat
  • South Indian Cuisine: Vidyarthi Bhavan
  • North Eastern Cuisine: Zingron Restaurant
  • Mexican Cuisine: Sanchez, Embassy Leisure

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Customer Experience Excellence:

  • Restaurant: Roxie Bangalore
  • Restro-Bar: Blr Brewing Co.
  • Microbrewery: Catamaran Brewing Company
  • Café: Pandhal Cafe & Deli
  • Tea Café: Pappu Chaiwalla
  • Sweet Shop: K. C. Das, Bangalore

Individual Excellence:


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  • Bartender of the Year: Mr. Harry Simon Peter, Lounge Hospitality
  • General Manager of the Year: Mr. R. S. Dharmendra, Gillys Chain of Restobars
  • Executive Chef of the Year: Chef Vikas Seth, Embassy Leisure
  • Celebrity Chef (Male): Chef Pillai, RCP Hospitality
  • Celebrity Chef (Female): Chef Shreeya Adka, The French Door
  • Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality (Female): Mrs. Swarnalatha Ravi, Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan
  • Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality (Male): Mr. Zorawar Kalra, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Chef Hemant Oberoi, OB Hospitality and Hemant Oberoi Hospitality Goa

Franchise & Tech Innovations:

  • Best Emerging Food Tech: On2Cook India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Best POS System: Digirestro
  • Most Innovative Menu (Food): Ishaara (Bellona Hospitality Private Limited)
  • Best Culinary School: IIHM Hotel School, Bangalore Campus
  • Best Franchise Brand (Various Categories): Tandooriwala, Biggies Burger, The Chocolate Room, Chef Bakers, Bombay Kulfi, Frozen Bottle

The awards spanned across categories like cuisine, customer experience, individual excellence, and technological innovations.

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