Better late than never, someone has come forward to felicitate Padmashri Awardee Grand Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Sanjay Vazirani CEO and MD of Foodlink and National Restaurant of India (NRAI) the body representing the entire restaurant industry of India will jointly facilitate Grand Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in Mumbai tomorrow, 21st September, 2017.
The event would be held at Jade Ball Room in very plush locality of Worli in South Mumbai. The facilitation ceremony is slated to be attended by who’s who of Indian hospitality industry, leading celebrities, corporates, families and friends.
It may be noted that April 13, 2017 was a milestone! Grand Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, a household name in India through Khana Khazana and FoodFood was conferred with the fourth highest civil decoration, the prestigious ‘Padma Shri’ award from the hands of honourable Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. Sanjeev Kapoor is the first professional chef representing the entire hospitality industry to have been awarded this. Thus, creating another benchmark for himself as well as the fraternity! The entire hospitality industry is grateful to him for this achievement.
As per highly placed sources stalwarts pesonailities like, Zorawar Kalra, Ranveer Brar, Suhas Awchat, Satish Arora, Vicky Ratnani, A D Singh, Anurag Katriar, Riyaaz Amlani, Sanjay Vazirani and many more besides the man of the moment, Sanjeev Kapoor!
One of the top Chef on the condition of anonymity said “Padmashri Sanjeev Kapoor has brought name and fame to Chef Fraternity in India, we are proud of him. He always remained first on every step, now also he is the first professional chef to get fourth highest civilian award. You will surprised to know that his great achievements were didn’t liked by so called pioneer chefs than and even now. But despite all odds and without losing his composure he created history. Padmashri is a beginning of a new era and fruit of it will be tasted by chefs in future too”.
He further added “I feel very sorry that no hoteliers, chef associations, federations and so called well wishers of hotel industry came forward to facilitate him, which is so unfortunate. Nonetheless it’s a great moment for every chef to cherish”.
Foodlink was founded in 1998 by Sanjay Vazirani, an alumnus of Cornell Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, Singapore, with early focus on small scale events, in and around Mumbai. Foodlink Services (India) Pvt Ltd encompasses two divisions Foodlink Banquets & Catering Pvt. Ltd. & Foodlink Restaurants India Pvt. Ltd.
They also have exclusive Banquet Operating Rights at YMCA, Red Earth & Andaz Lawns in Ahmedabad and The Grand Palazzo in Surat. Foodlink Restaurants began in 2012 with one restaurant. Today goup has 10 restaurants designed in 4 distinct restaurant formats. The Group restauants are Glocal Junction, China Bistro, India Bistro and Bungalow 9 in different parts of Mumbai.
NRAI was founded in 1982 by L.C. Nirula of Nirula’s, Madan Lamba of Volga, O.P. Bahl of Khyber Restaurant, R.D. Gora of Gazebo, A.S. Kamat of Kamat Restaurants & other leading restaurateurs. Headquartered at Delhi, NRAI represents Independent & Chain Restaurants, Bars, Café Owners and Operators of India. It has a pan India presence comprising of leading domestic and international restaurants, suppliers and educational institutes associated with it. The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist