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About Restaurant Awards

Restaurant Awards 2024 is the top honour bestowed upon the greatest in the industry who have tirelessly dedicated their lives walking an extra mile to raise the bar of the Food & Beverage Sector. The awards will go to various regions of the country physically,to honor and applaud the great work done by foodpreneurs and chefs around the country.

This is a precious opportunity to excel your food & beverage business and hear the elevating tunes of applause by the whole fraternity. These awards will put spotlight on exemplary contributions made by profound professionals and passionate restaurant brands. This recognition will enhance your business credibility and would help in restructuring your brand image. Submissions are now open for Restaurant Awards 2023, browse through the appropriate category and region and nominate yourself today.

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Awards

Restaurant Awards premium focus is to create recognition for various industry experts.

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Conference

The conference brings new perspective on Scaling up your Restaurant Business.

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Networking

Influential restaurateurs , thought leaders, innovative suppliers and industry titans join the show. They’re all here.

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Knowledge

Hear intriguing insights on the latest insights on Food Industry and visionary experts. Sit back and learn as Restaurateurs.

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Restaurant Awards

Recognizing the best restaurant with delectable food and a delightful ambience.

Nightlife Awards

This Category recognises Night Clubs/Bars that demonstrates the best ambience,food & liquor.

Cafe & Bakery Awards

This category recognises the best bakeries which offers outstanding value, excellent food and appropriate service.

Design Awards

This category recognises a Restaurant/Bar/Bakery that has the best interiors

Special Awards

This category recognises caterers/unique concepts/customer experiences and cloud kitchens.

Editors Choice Awards

This category recognises restaurateurs/chefs/sommeliers who have demonstrated outstanding qualities.

Mumbai Edition Speakers 2024

KARAN KAPUR

Executive Director, K Hospitality Corp

KARAN KAPUR

Executive Director, K Hospitality Corp

Karan Kapur has been with K Hospitality Corp since the past decade, and is part of the strategic decision making, business development and operations strategy roll out for the group. With an expertise in business administration, finance and economics, backed by his education in various universities abroad, Karan believes in being a hands-on leader and believes in actively participating in the operations of the group to facilitate growth and expansion. Karan Kapur is the Executive Director of K Hospitality Corp, one of India’s largest home-grown hospitality and food service corporations. A graduate from Northwestern University in Economics, and from Kellogg School of Management, where he received a Certification in Finance. After setting up new businesses for the organization, Karan returned back to the US to acquire his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He played an active part in the setup and launch of Travel Food Services, the travel retail vertical under K Hospitality Corp.

Karan currently heads the Indian and International food services verticals of K Hospitality Corp which include some of the acclaimed brands – Copper Chimney, Bombay Brasserie, Punkah House, Bombay Borough, Blue Sea Banquets, Pavitra Catering, amongst others; along with the recent foray into International QSR growth with the launch of Domino's Pizza in the African subcontinent. At a group level, Karan is part of the strategic decision making, business development and operations strategy roll out for K Hospitality Corp, and has played an active role is building the organizational capabilities to scale up to over 6000 employees today.

PAWAN SHAHRI

Founder

PAWAN SHAHRI

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Chrome Hospitality, co-owned by Pawan Shahri, has a multi-brand portfolio that runs brands like Shy!, Demy, Eve in Mumbai. Pawan's experience across segments reflects in the business making his restaurants few of the most popular dining spots in the city. Within just three years of its launch, the group boasts of a multi-brand restaurant portfolio - It opened five outlets in 2022, while, in 2023, it launched its flagship brand Shy! In Mumbai and made its foray into luxury hospitality with its first luxury boutique hotel Kaia in partnership with Bhumi Pednekar in Ashvem, Goa.

One of India’s most promising restaurateurs, Pawan has always put a razor-sharp focus on thick bottom lines, self-sustaining stores, establishing long-term relations with key suppliers and vendors, and above all else, ensuring that his patrons are having the best time at his venues. Pawan’s big picture thinking yet down-to-the-ground approach makes him one of the most exciting hospitality entrepreneurs in the country!

Pankaj Gupta

Owner, Flavour Pot Foods LLP

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Pankaj Gupta

Owner, Flavour Pot Foods LLP

Owner, restaurateur, and marketer amongst several others, Pankaj Gupta, Owner of Oye Kake and Taftoon Bar & Kitchen, has donned several hats in the past decade. With two successful restaurant brands, he has surely proven that Mumbai is indeed the city of dreams if you dare to dream big.

A foodie at heart, Pankaj’s biggest inspiration for flavours came from watching his own mother in the kitchen and the flavours she brought to the table. Following several failed attempts at breaking an egg to make himself breakfast as a young boy, Pankaj realized that cooking involved more than just tossing ingredients together in a pan.

After graduating with a degree in Retail and Marketing, he was offered a role at a leading bank in 2011, which he politely declined. Instead, he took time off to travel back to the city of Amritsar which had given him several fond memories of the past. A trip that was meant to be just for a few days, lasted three months and gave Pankaj the ammunition for his next steps after realizing the lack of vegetarian Punjabi food in Mumbai. Hence, despite having no background or connections in the F&B industry in Mumbai, he started working on his plans to bring Amritsar’s renowned yet humble Chole Kulcha to the city of Mumbai. In 2011, Pankaj launched the city’s first Oye Kake, the regional vegetarian Punjabi restaurant brand under the parent company - Flavour Pot Foods L.L.P. Fuelled by his passion, he also contributed to creating marketing USPs which included bringing in water from Amritsar to knead the kulcha dough. Since its inception, Oye Kake has expanded across the city with several outlets and delivery kitchens, with a few more in the pipeline.

Driven by the vision to bring new experiences to the table, Pankaj launched Taftoon Bar & Kitchen in November 2017.

When he is not at work, Pankaj spends his time keeping himself updated on the culinary trends around the world. Additionally, he keeps up with his fitness regime through regular CrossFit training and playing sports.

SYESHA KAPOOR

Associate Director, Aspect Hospitality

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SYESHA KAPOOR

Associate Director, Aspect Hospitality

Syesha Kapoor is the Associate Director at Aspect Hospitality, She spearheads the Marketing, Sales, Communications, Content, Creatives and more with over 10 brands across 18 restaurants under the company. She has worked for over 10 years and gained knowledge and experience in the Hospitality industry.

Prashant Issar

Director, Bellona Hospitality Services Limited & Stratix Hospitality Pvt. Ltd

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Prashant Issar

Director, Bellona Hospitality Services Limited & Stratix Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

A distinguished name in the Indian hospitality scene, Prashant Issar's journey began at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, where he helmed the Apollo Bar and The Rendezvous. Growing up in Taj culture, he moved to London where he honed his leadership and innovative spirit. While in London, he made significant contributions to the launches of esteemed venues in Knightsbridge, Soho, Piccadilly, and Chelsea. His dedication to excellence was further exemplified by his tenure managing the Michelin-starred Amaya. Working alongside the legendary Camelia Panjabi, he expanded his knowledge of Indian culinary arts and hospitality.
With an insightful vision of India's untapped entrepreneurial potential, Prashant returned to his homeland to lead renowned brands such as Hakkasan and Yauatcha. His magnum opus in the realm of hospitality came with the creation of Ishaara under the banner of Stratix Hospitality, which offers a diverse menu featuring food from across regions and is distinguished by its predominantly hearing and speech-impaired service staff.
Now, as Director of Bellona Hospitality, Prashant continues to champion progressive and novel concepts, cementing his reputation as a visionary in the industry. An alumnus of IHM Mumbai, and with an MBA in entrepreneurship from the esteemed Henley Business School, Prashant's educational background is as illustrious as his career. Beyond the confines of his profession, he's known to inspire and lead. With invitations to educational institutions across India, the US, and Germany, he has enlightened audiences as a speaker and has taken the TEDx stage twice.
Not just a business magnate, Prashant is also an avid long-distance runner, with several Half-Marathons under his belt and an impressive record of completing Six Full Marathons. When he isn't running his business and running marathons.

Ankit Tayal

Co-Founder, True Palate Hospitality

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Ankit Tayal

Co-Founder, True Palate Hospitality

Ankit Tayal started his career with Cercon group, a leading manufacturing company for the Indian Railways, having an annual turnover of 18 Million USD. Fuelled by his passion to create innovative nightlife venues he started investing in an illustrious repertoire of brands such as Auro Kitchen & Bar and Bohca, New Delhi to name a few. The success of his ventures led him to establish One8Commune in partnership with Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Virat is one of the most globally renowned and highly paid athletes with more than 100 million followers on Instagram. With an investment of around 20 Million USD, they plan on establishing the brand in every metropolitan city of India over the next 2 years.

Sree Harsha Vadlamudi

Managing Partner, Ironhill India

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Sree Harsha Vadlamudi

Managing Partner, Ironhill India

Harsha has set up several successful entrepreneurial ventures in the last two decades. One of his most cherished ventures is Ironhill India which is today one of the largest and fastest-growing breweries in the country.
Born into a humble middle-class business family in Hyderabad, Telangana, Harsha was heavily influenced by his parents' political ideology which had a big impact on his thought process which ultimately found its way to every venture he set up. He started planning his entrepreneurship journey at 19 but understood the importance of education and the fact that it not only helps you cultivate your life goal but also shows you the path forward. He went on to pursue his engineering in VIT, after whichhe headed to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo for his Master's. A lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing his Executive Education (OPMProgram) at Harvard Business School, from which he will graduate in 2025.
At Ironhill India he focuses on new business growth and is currently in the process of setting up new touch points for both IH Breweries (Ironhill, Prost, Beerish )and IH Hospitality Restaurants and Lounges (Asie, Purple Potato, Soul of South, Pangeo, Pi-Kitchens, Ironhill Café, Anthm) as they continue to expand and grow while adding new brand ventures under each.
Harsha finds inspiration in challenging himself to find innovative solutions to problems. Always up for fair competition, he believes it keeps the mind sharp and commitment strong. As he puts it, “Win or learn. You never loose.”

Doma Wang

Celebrity Chef & Founder, The Blue Poppy Restaurant

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Doma Wang

Celebrity Chef & Founder, The Blue Poppy Restaurant

Doma Wang is an award winning celebrity chef whose restaurant is consistently named one of the best restaurant in India. She is also known as the Momo Queen. Many young girls and women looks upto her for single handedly raising her two daughters and growing a successful business and being an inspiration for them.

Addite Malik

Actor & Co-Partner, Green Turtle Hospitality

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Addite Malik

Actor & Co-Partner, Green Turtle Hospitality

Addite Malik, known for her roles in TV shows like 'Shararat' and 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki', is not only a talented actor but also a successful entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. With her latest venture, Que Sera Sera in Andheri, she showcases her knack for creating cozy dining experiences with meticulous attention to detail. Over 8 years in hospitality, Addite has championed self-made opportunities, inspiring women along the way. As a co-partner in restaurants like 1BHK Mumbai (3 outlets), Homemade Cafe & Bar, and Baoji Asian Home, Sorozai (opened last month) she, along with her partners, aims to build inclusive spaces where everyone feels at home, catering to diverse tastes and age groups.

Varun Madan

Founder & CEO, Salad Days

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Varun Madan

Founder & CEO, Salad Days

Varun Madan is a seasoned entrepreneur and the Founder & CEO of Salad Days, a predominant brand in the healthy foods’ category. Inspired by his unwavering dedication to promoting nutritious and delectable culinary options, Varun's goal is to revolutionise the way Indians embrace a healthier lifestyle. Through an extensive menu offering and a steadfast emphasis on sourcing high-quality ingredients, Salad Days aims to position salads and other healthy meals as regular culinary choices in Indian households. The brand strongly believes that salads are not just side dishes, but rather satisfying and nourishing meals that contribute to one's overall health and well-being.
Varun's exemplary leadership and resourcefulness have led to remarkable team growth at Salad Days, despite the Startup being bootstrapped. Under his astute leadership, Salad Days has experienced exponential growth, establishing a cohesive network of 15 strategically located cloud kitchens throughout the Delhi-NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai regions. Guided by an unwavering commitment towards health, affordability, and community service, Varun envisions a future where Salad Days not only expands its operations, but also continues to prioritise these foundational principles.

Arpita Aditi

Founder and CEO, Dil Foods

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Arpita Aditi

Founder and CEO, Dil Foods

Arpita Aditi is the founder and CEO of Dil Foods, a company launched in March 2022, aiming to harness the underutilized potential of small to medium-sized food businesses across India. Dil Foods is a virtual restaurant operator based in Bangalore.
A Biotechnical Engineer, from the Manipal Institute Of Technology, Arpita’s career trajectory shifted towards the food industry, starting with a role at Swiggy as the National Partnership Manager, where she gained firsthand experience in the challenges faced by food businesses. This led to co-founding Nutnbolt in May 2020, a precursor to Dil Foods, focusing on enhancing the online presence of small restaurants.
Dil Foods and Arpita's efforts were recently recognized on Shark Tank India Season 3, highlighting their commitment to transforming the food industry landscape. Her vision encompasses building a profitable ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders within the restaurant industry, focusing on sustainability, and scalability.

Karan Nohria

Owner, Silly

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Karan Nohria

Owner, Silly

Rager spot but make it homely’ was 24-year-old Karan Nohria’s first thought when he decided that he wants to build a place that, when you look from the outside, seems quite ordinary, but once the doors open, this place invites you in to be yourself and to embrace your silliness. The business was always Karan’s forte, one can say it’s just something he was born with, and he nurtured his skill from a really young age. At 16, Karan started assisting his father in his business. At 19, realised that he wants to do something of his own, and build something that matters. That dream, though, wasn't just dreamt. He took three things he loves: business, technology, and enjoying a good lifestyle, and at 21, he executed his plan in the form of Mumbai’s current favourite spot — Silly.
Like a true blue GenZ, Karan has learnt that being yourself is the only way to be — that’s exactly what he wanted to give people — you can dress up to come to Silly, or you can walk in your most homeless attire, the choice is yours. “Let’s be able to relax where we are,” he says. Karan’s vision is crystal clear — Silly is an inclusive space that welcomes all age groups, and all moods. At 21, he started what's now the busiest spot in Mumbai. But as a restaurateur, and the newest visionary on the block, as well as a person who is comfortable with who he is, this young businessman, at 22, he has expanded Silly to the capital — Delhi to embrace their silliness. In just two years he plans to also spread the silliness to Hyderabad, Bangalore and more

Tarak Bhattacharya

ED & CEO, Mad Over Donuts

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Tarak Bhattacharya

ED & CEO, Mad Over Donuts

With over two decades of rich experience in the F&B industry, Tarak Bhattacharya serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Mad Over Donuts. Under his leadership, the acclaimed donut brand has grown from a 12-store set-up in Mumbai to a chain of 150+ stores across 6 cities in India, serving over 10 million delighted patrons.
Over his illustrious career, Tarak has worked with several renowned F&B companies. He headed Operations for Barista, one of India’s first and most successful coffee brands, and was later appointed as the COO for MGH Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. to lead two of their popular brands- Nando’s and Barista for their markets in Bangladesh and Nepal. Having worked across continents with diverse cultures, Tarak has a keen understanding of local sensibilities that he uses to inform business strategies.
In 2011, Tarak was named COO at Himesh Foods Pvt. Ltd. for their Singaporean gourmet brand Mad Over Donuts. He was promoted to Executive Director and CEO in 2019. A multi-faceted leader, Tarak currently manages diverse aspects of operations, planning and human resources at Mad Over Donuts India.

Hemant Oberoi

Award-Winning Chef & Restaurateur

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Hemant Oberoi

Award-Winning Chef & Restaurateur

With over two decades of rich experience in the F&B industry, Tarak Bhattacharya serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Mad Over Donuts. Under his leadership, the acclaimed donut brand has grown from a 12-store set-up in Mumbai to a chain of 150+ stores across 6 cities in India, serving over 10 million delighted patrons.
Over his illustrious career, Tarak has worked with several renowned F&B companies. He headed Operations for Barista, one of India’s first and most successful coffee brands, and was later appointed as the COO for MGH Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. to lead two of their popular brands- Nando’s and Barista for their markets in Bangladesh and Nepal. Having worked across continents with diverse cultures, Tarak has a keen understanding of local sensibilities that he uses to inform business strategies.
In 2011, Tarak was named COO at Himesh Foods Pvt. Ltd. for their Singaporean gourmet brand Mad Over Donuts. He was promoted to Executive Director and CEO in 2019. A multi-faceted leader, Tarak currently manages diverse aspects of operations, planning and human resources at Mad Over Donuts India.

Anil Joshi

Founder and Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures

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Anil Joshi

Founder and Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures

Anil Joshi is the Founder and Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures, a leading Venture Capital Fund focusing on early-stage investments in tech companies. With over two decades of experience in the field, Anil pioneered angel investments in India as the head of operations and President at Mumbai Angels, one of the most reputable and prolific Angel Investment forums in India. As an early mover in early 2000 in this segment, Anil was investing in budding companies even before venture investment had taken any formal shape in India.
Within the start-up ecosystem, Anil has been at the helm of over 100 venture-financing deals. He serves on the board of several companies in the field of Fintech, Robotic, Meditech, IOT, Bigdata, SaaS and is involved with multiple incubation centres as a board member and mentor in India as well as internationally. Additionally, he also advices the government and industry bodies on start-ups regarding policy. Young entrepreneurs draw upon his vast experience for guidance and strategic direction for their own start-ups.

Dhruv Dewan

COO & Co-Founder, Thrive

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Dhruv Dewan

COO & Co-Founder, Thrive

Dhruv Dewan is the COO & Co-Founder of Thrive, a food ordering and discovery app based in Mumbai, and a B2B solution aiding restaurants in 80 cities across India with direct ordering platforms. The brand’s consumer app is aiding customers with simplified commerce and a better food discovery experience with a unique feed. Dhruv started his entrepreneurial journey with Hashtag Loyalty, a SaaS platform providing marketing automation & CRM for offline retail.The consumer app is live in Mumbai, and has 4000+ restaurants listed on it presently. The team is working fervently towards a broad vision of ‘making food commerce better for all stakeholders within the online food delivery ecosystem.’Thrive is backed by Jubilant FoodWorks, Coca-Cola India Pvt. Ltd., Whiteboard Capital, Ahimsa Capital and the Razorpay founders.

Abhijeet Anand

Founder & CEO, abCoffee

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Abhijeet Anand

Founder & CEO, abCoffee

Abhijeet is the Founder and CEO of abCoffee. He is ardently passionate about coffee, bringing the best of Indian coffees to the Indians. He is an IIT Dhanbad graduate, with 9 years of international experience in the energy industry. Before starting abCoffee, Abhijeet worked for Schlumberger across 5 countries. He was awarded the 2021 International Young Professional Award in the Energy Industry. He holds a bachelor's degree from IIT Dhanbad, a Diploma in Law from NUJS Kolkata and aMaster’s in Political Marketing from Rome Business School, Italy.

Amrut Mehta

Director, The Little Italy Group

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Amrut Mehta

Director, The Little Italy Group

Amrut Mehta, Director at The Little Italy Group has been an active part since 2011. Having taken up various roles in the organization like Management trainee, Projects Associate, Marketing Head before assuming his role as Director in 2019, Amrut carries on the legacy of Little Italy with a vision to add more brands under the portfolio and expand overseas. Currently, he oversees Operations, Marketing, and R&D. As a food enthusiast, he completed his courses at the London School of Economics and Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and is also responsible for the conceptualization of new dishes on the menu, as well as the inception of new brands under the parent company. He travels extensively to Italy and works with Italian chefs to keep up with the trends and create new exciting dishes for the brands.

Keith Menon

Architect and Hotelier

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Keith Menon

Architect and Hotelier

Keith Menon, an architect and hotelier, emerges as a trailblazer in the global architectural and hospitality landscape. His visionary journey transcends traditional career boundaries, reflecting a commitment to sustainability, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Born with a profound connection to nature, Keith's childhood experiences in a boarding school near a wildlife sanctuary laid the foundation for his passion for sustainable design. Renowned for his innovative approach, Keith Menon has spearheaded the creation of over 1000 eco-friendly restaurants and hotels globally. His influence extends beyond geographical borders, with a particularly significant imprint on the sustainable hospitality scene in India. Notable establishments like Tuski, Pune Circle, and Goa stand as beacons of eco-friendly practices, reflecting Keith's dedication to blending luxury with environmental responsibility.
In 2023, Keith Menon achieved a milestone by becoming the first and only nominee from India for the prestigious Global Alfresco International Restaurant and Bar Awards. This recognition underscores his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of sustainable hospitality on a global scale.

Paul Noronha

Executive Chef, ITC Grand Central

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Paul Noronha

Executive Chef, ITC Grand Central

Chef Paul Noronha’s tryst with culinary world started at the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Mumbai. It was at this institute that he received a comprehensive and practical understanding of the trade.
After graduation, joined ITC hotels as a management trainee for their Kitchen Executive Training program. This duration of 24 months gave him a holistic exposure to the various facets of the hotels both in terms of hands on practical and theory. On graduating he was posted to ITC Hotel's flagship, the Maurya Sheraton Hotel and Towers, New Delhi. Here he was exposed to oriental cuisine, was also part of a core team of chef’s instrumental in launching ‘West View’- a restaurant with a chalkboard concept; the first of its kind in the country, the cuisine a juxtaposition of Asian flavours with those of the west.
The millennium brought him to Mumbai as a part of the pre-opening team that launched the ITC Grand Maratha. He was then moved as the executive chef to Sheraton Chola, Chennai followed by a brief stint at the Welcomhotel Raviz Kadavu Calicut setting up its F&B outlets and kitchen designing. After a successful innings at Calicut moved to ITC Kakatiya Hyderabad and ensured their restaurants were the top three in the city. He is currently the Executive Chef at ITC Grand Central and have catered to many heads of states and celebrities His motto: “If you never try……. You’ll never know” and Get it right the first time.

Altamsh Patel

Executive Chef, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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Altamsh Patel

Executive Chef, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

A National Award winner Chef Altamsh is known for his love, commitment and passion for the culinary profession. He has established himself as a critically acclaimed chef and has been honored with numerous awards and accolades. He has risen from the rank of a Management Trainee to an Executive Chef in just a span of 9 years. He became one of the youngest Executive chef of five star hotel at the age of 28.
Chef Altamsh brings along an illustrious 14 years of professional experience in the industry, and focuses on the highest quality ingredients, creativity on the plate prepared with clockwise precision and abundant planning and execution. He uses his creativity and expert culinary skills to create recipes that are not only delicious and full of flavor and richness but tingle the taste buds of the connoisseur. During his career of 14 plus years he has worked with Taj Group Of Hotels, The Park Hotels, Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore, Hotel Sea Princess and now leads the culinary team at Hilton Mumbai International Airport. He has won most of awards in the Young Chef category. He was awarded the Young Chef of The Year 2018 Award and Star Chef of India 2019 by Indian Federation of Culinary Association. He has been actively involved in initiating diverse food fiestas around the globe, conducts various cookery shows on TV and contributed to various renowned magazines and periodicals, He has been part of judging panel at various culinary events across the country. He is advisory panel member for few leading hospitality institutes where he teaches as guest lecturer and sets up courses on culinary. He has been mentor to many young chefs who are currently working all over the globe.
He has also represented Culinary Team India at World Chefs Congress 2018, Malaysia. He is the Joint Secretary of Western Indian Culinary Association (WICA).

Nishant Kedia

CMO & Head of Brands, Rebel Foods

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Nishant Kedia

CMO & Head of Brands, Rebel Foods

Nishant Kedia is the Chief Marketing Officer and Business Head for all owned and licensed brands at Rebel Foods. With over 13 years of expertise in D2C brand building, brand management, strategy consulting, digital transformation and operations, he specialises in digital and consumer first approaches, with the aim of building world’s most loved food brands out of India for the world.
Having completed his BTech from IIT Delhi & MBA from the Indian School of Business, Nishant worked with global brands such as McKinsey & ITC. During his tenure at McKinsey, he provided strategic counsel to financial service entities across diverse topics and regions, with additional exposure across sectors such as pharmaceuticals, IT services, and energy. At ITC Limited, Nishant was involved in project management and managing supply chain operations, and made significant contributions to the setup of a greenfield plant.

Rohit Gopalani

SVP & Head - Leasing, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Inorbit Malls (India) Pvt Ltd

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Rohit Gopalani

SVP & Head - Leasing, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Inorbit Malls (India) Pvt Ltd

Rohit Gopalani is currently the Senior Vice President and Head of Leasing, Marketing & Corporate Communications at Inorbit Malls. With over two decades of experience in Real Estate, he is a seasoned professional known for his strong leadership and management skills. Rohit holds a management degree with dual specializations in Marketing and Finance. In his current role, he is responsible for driving growth and revenue across Inorbit's portfolio by spearheading the leasing business, while at the same time overseeing the strategic marketing initiatives and enhancing the brand's corporate communications. Rohit's expertise lies in forging strong relationships with tenants, negotiating favorable leasing terms, and ensuring optimal tenant mix to maximize footfall and sales. Additionally, his marketing acumen has contributed towards consistently elevating Inorbit Malls' brand presence.
Throughout his illustrious career, Rohit has also gained valuable experience in the BFSI and FMCG sectors, working with prominent organizations like Citibank and HSBC, among others. In the Real Estate sector, he has contributed to the success of companies such as the Lodha Group where he was the Deputy Vice President, Commercial & Retail Transactions and Adani Realty, where he served as the Vice President and Head of Commercial Business.

Abhishek Agarwal

Founder & Managing Partner, Rockstud Capital

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Abhishek Agarwal

Founder & Managing Partner, Rockstud Capital

Abhishek Agarwal is the Founder & Managing Partner at Rockstud Capital, a leading alternative asset management firm that advises and manages funds across various schemes, including a CAT-II Venture Capital Hybrid AIF fund, a CAT I – AIF Angel Fund, and Portfolio Management Services (PMS).
He has investment experience on both public and private markets, giving him a view of evaluating two different worlds of risk mindset. He has invested over +35 startups across stages in the last 10 years through the fund including his angel investments. Rockstud's first fund had seen through its first exit last year at 18.8x return on the investment and managed him to return entire capital raised in the fund to its LP’s. Some notable names in consumer space in the portfolio include Noto Ice-cream, Stay Vista & Wellness Forever.

MVR Krishna Prasad

Business Head, Mumbai Meat Company and Director International RTE/RTC PFD, Allana Group

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MVR Krishna Prasad

Business Head, Mumbai Meat Company and Director International RTE/RTC PFD, Allana Group

MVR Krishna Prasad is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in leading and managing various facets of the Food and Beverage industry in companies like Coca Cola and Suguna where her served as the National Distribution Head and Vice-President respectively. With a proven track record of success, he currently serves as the Business Head Mumbai Meat Company and Director International RTE/RTC PFD at the Allana Group, a large Processed Food Exporter.
In this role, he spearheads strategic initiatives, driving growth and innovation in the processed foods division. He is in charge of developing solutions in the red meat category especially suitable for the Indian HORECA Segment.

Shivani Sharma

Chef and Founder - Gourmestan and Bliss bites

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Shivani Sharma

Chef and Founder - Gourmestan and Bliss bites

Shivani Sharma, the visionary Founder of Gourmestan and Bliss Bites, is on a mission to revolutionize the way we approach food. Drawing inspiration from her global sojourns, particularly in London, Shivani has recognised a gap between everyday staple foods and elevated gastronomic experiences, propelling her to redefine this landscape. Shivani's journey unfolded through the realm of cloud kitchens and a cafe in Dubai, strategically leveraging the cloud kitchen model to perfect her offerings before establishing Gourmestan. Celebrated for its millet-based confectionery, boulangerie, and fromagerie, Gourmestan has taken the scene by storm, boasting gluten-free options at the forefront—a testament to Shivani's dedication to accommodating changing lifestyle preferences towards clean eating.
Bliss Bites is Shivani's latest venture that was launched in Dubai recently with the idea to spearhead a global revolution in healthy eating practices. With a commitment to using millets, dates, and organic coffee, Bliss Bites promises a redefined food landscape in the GCC, offering gluten-free experiences in boulangerie, pâtisserie, viennoiserie, and fromagerie. Her client roster, including high-profile figures like Karishma Kapoor, Praful Patel, Madhuri Dixit, and Masaba Gupta, reflects widespread recognition and trust in her expertise. Education forms a pivotal part of Shivani's strategy, where she aims to enlighten global consumers about incorporating millets into their diets and the profound impact of clean, mindful eating.

Shivangi Bubna

Executive Vice President, Investments, Mumbai Angels

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Shivangi Bubna

Executive Vice President, Investments, Mumbai Angels

Shivangi Bubna is Executive Vice President at Mumbai Angels, a 360 ONE Wealth company (earlier known as IIFL Wealth). She is responsible for leading the investments practice, and has 20 years of experience in consulting, research, and finance. In her current role, she focuses on structuring and evaluation of investment strategy and selection and evaluation of the potential portfolio entities for investments. Prior to joining 360 ONE Wealth, she was working with Christensen as an Assistant Vice President, handling key account management, competitive intelligence etc. She started career with prominent names in banking, like Citibank and ICICI. She has a masters in Economics from the university of Mumbai, with a specialisation in Econometrics and Financial Economics.

Mohammed Bhol

Co-Founder & CEO, House of Biryan

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Mohammed Bhol

Co-Founder & CEO, House of Biryan

Mohammed Bhol is a Co-Founder & CEO of House of Biryan, one of Mumbai's leading Biryani restaurant chain, and an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. A graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad and West London University, Bhol was an ex Co-Founder and Co-Head Product at CharcoalEats. As Co-Founder and CEO of House of Biryan, Mohammed plays an extensive role in expanding the brand to diverse palates. Under his leadership, HOB has received vast customer and industry recognition and the brand has expanded to serve several micro markets in Mumbai with further plans to expand Pan India.

Manu Bajaj

Founder & CEO, NuTaste

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Manu Bajaj

Founder & CEO, NuTaste

Manu is the Founder and CEO at NuTaste which is a taste and nutrition solutions provider. He has 25 years of experience in the food businesses besides agricultural commodities. Manu holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Hindu College, University of Delhi and an MBA degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Trekking in the mountains is a passion and a hobby for him besides spending time over the weekends with non profits in the education, development, nutrition and poverty alleviation space. He lives in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India with his wife and two daughters.

Gaurav Batra

Brand & Business Development Head, True Palate India (‘NEUMA’ & ‘One8 Commune’)

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Gaurav Batra

Brand & Business Development Head, True Palate India (‘NEUMA’ & ‘One8 Commune’)

Through the course of his life and career, Gaurav Batra has endeavored to marry the Business with the Creative. It stems from his conviction that ideas, words, numbers, resources, opportunities and timing are as interlinked as their randomness. Striking the right balance between them is key to innovation, growth and ultimately, perfection.
In this re-emerging global village, his portfolio of skills as an international Indian is actively pushing him towards harnessing never-seen-before opportunities, re-wiring the universe of high-end dining & with scalable verticals and a 360-degree customer takeaway.
To quote his favorite poet, Pablo Neruda: ‘As if you were on fire from within; the moon lives in the lining of your skin’ We are created for a higher purpose - to make tangible contributions to our communities individually - and to make the world a better place than the one we inherited collectively.

Twinkle Keswani

Founder, Pisco Hospitality

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Twinkle Keswani

Founder, Pisco Hospitality

30 year old F&B Entrepreneur Twinkle Keswani smoothly pivoted from her career in banking to emerge as a young restaurateur. Formerly, the Executive Vice President of Silver Beach Entertainment & Hospitality, she has conceptualised an array of restaurants across Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kenya and Dubai and successfully spearheaded some of the most popular brands in the country before venturing out individually. After a six year stint with Silver Beach Hospitality - venturing out as an entrepreneur ultimately led her to Toro Toro in Goa, Pisco By The Beach, Goa - ranked amongst the finest restaurants in the state, Chop in Nairobi, Kenya, Cafe Montagne in the heart of Leh, Ladakh and recently Halo Cocktail Bar & Kitchen in Hyderabad with an upcoming project in Kochi.

Ranbir Nagpal

CEO, Indus hospitality, Founder of YAZU Pan Asian Supper Club, and Co-Founder at Juliette Ristorante & Bar

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Ranbir Nagpal

CEO, Indus hospitality, Founder of YAZU Pan Asian Supper Club, and Co-Founder at Juliette Ristorante & Bar

Hailing from a family with a rich legacy in the food service industry, Ranbir Nagpal is a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the dining scene of the country. With an unwavering passion for quality food, exceptional service, and unparalleled customer experiences, he is revolutionizing the concept of hospitality. Ranbir is an accomplished individual who graduated with honors from the prestigious Rizvi College of Hotel Management in Mumbai. His passion for the hospitality industry was ignited during his training at the iconic Taj Mahal Mumbai in 2002, where he honed his skills in managing upscale restaurants with utmost precision. Following his graduation, Ranbir dedicated twelve fruitful years to his family's real estate development business, where he consistently demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction and an unwavering attention to detail. Now, as the CEO of Indus Hospitality, Ranbir leads an organization that has distinguished itself in the highly competitive industry. Their success stems from his unwavering dedication to offering innovative Pan-Asian and European cuisines that set them apart from their competitors. At the forefront of the brand portfolio are Yazu and Juliette Ristorante and Bar. Currently, Ranbir's energy and focus lie in elevating Indus Hospitality to new heights. With a strong commitment to creating employment opportunities for the youth and excelling in their business endeavours, Ranbir and his team are actively seeking to expand their presence across India. Witnessing their vision taking shape is immensely satisfying and motivates them to continue pushing boundaries in the world of hospitality.

Roger Font Roig

Marketing Director, Lactalis India

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Roger Font Roig

Marketing Director, Lactalis India

Spanish professional born in Barcelona Spain. Worked in Marketing and Sales of FMCG for more than 22 years in Companies like Nestle, Pepsico, Danone, Almarai and Lactalis, in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and now in India. Currently Marketing Director of Lactalis India for the last 8 months, developing the Indian Market with their beloved Brands Thirumala, President, Prabhat and ANIK Ghee, providing solutions to the retail and foodservices channels.

Rajni Soni

AVP Marketing, NuTaste

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Rajni Soni

AVP Marketing, NuTaste

Rajni is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in operations and marketing. Also have diversified experience in BPOs, E-Commerce and Food Tech industry. An alumnus of IIM Raipur, Rajni is heading Marketing for the NuTaste group. With doubling the business in the past two years, NuTaste aims to repeat the feat in the coming years by enabling customers scale through customization and standardization solutions.

Rohan Mehrotra

Head- Online Sales, CharcoalEats

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Rohan Mehrotra

Head- Online Sales, CharcoalEats

Rohan Mehrotra is the Founding Member at CharcoalEats Food Tech Pvt. Ltd. He leads online sales at the Mumbai-based company. Rohan is associated with the brand since 2015.Prior to this, he also owned Gourmet Rasoi.A graduate from University of Allahabad, he did his masters from IBS Kolkata.

Neeti Goel

Entrepreneur, Restauranteur, Philanthropist

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Neeti Goel

Entrepreneur, Restauranteur, Philanthropist

Neeti Goel hailing from Chandigarh is the daughter of well-known industrialist, Late Mr. S.K. Gupta. She is a successful restaurateur based in Mumbai with ‘Keiba’ ‘Osttaad’ ‘Madras Diaries’ & ‘ Madras Express' and the brand 'Amore Stays' having premium staycations in Alibagh. She has been awarded the 'Restaurateur Of The Year' in 2019 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris & has ranked 2nd amongst the top 50 restaurants in the world. During the pandemic, Neeti took up a lot of relief work by cofounding the ‘Ghar Bhejo’ initiative, where they transported 1.5 lakh migrant workers back home and ‘Khaana Chaiye’ which started with 1200 meals and are at 80 lakh plus meals now.

Raj Doshi

Director, Deloitte Consulting

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Raj Doshi

Director, Deloitte Consulting

Overall 12 year of experience across Consulting and Industry. Works primarily in consumer market domain across various sector such as FMCG, F&B and Auto assisting client in large technology enabled business transformation in areas such as revenue enhancement, cost optimisation and EBITDA improvement. He has helped marquee Global and domestic clients in enhancing operational efficiency, review and enhance operating model and business plan implementation. .

Swarup-Solgaonkar

Corporate Chef-New Product Development McDonald’s India

V. Vishnu Shankar

MD, Adyar Ananda Bhavan Pvt. Ltd

Chef Ishijyot Surri

Founder, SJI Hospitality

Chef Chef Ishijyot Surri

Founder, SJI Hospitality

Chef Ishijyot Surri stands as a beacon in the global culinary arena. With a background rooted in the prestigious Taj Group, he has been formally trained in the culinary field at the Taj IHM-A institute with an affiliation to the prestigious University of Huddersfield, UK. Ishijyot’s stints across various restaurants fortified his understanding of different culinary traditions, allowing him to oversee a North Indian BBQ poolside restaurant early on in his career.
His accolades, such as the 'Young Chef of the Year' and 'Best Chef Led Restaurant', are a testament to his relentless pursuit of culinary perfection. The chef's vision transcended the boundaries of the traditional kitchen. By 2018, determined to perpetually evolve, Ishijyot’s entrepreneurial flair led to the inception of three distinct culinary hubs under the banner of the SJI Hospitality group: Mulk, reflecting old world North Indian charm; and Pachinco, a haven for Italian diner and coffee enthusiasts alike. Yet, it was his venture, Miniya Turk, inspired by his trip to Turkey. The newly found Outdoor Catering vertical “SJI Gourmet” has earned immense recognition and love under his leadership.
Surri's culinary expertise isn't confined to the domain of savory. He took the world by storm when he initiated Gourmet Treats in 2010, mesmerizing connoisseurs with a diverse array of Ceylon teas and flavoured dry fruits. His fervent exploration of the world of teas earned him the coveted certifications of Tea Blender and Tea Sommelier in 2023. These achievements paved the way for his forthcoming brand, Tea Leaf Time. Furthering his culinary innovations, Chef Ishijyot co-founded FMCG product ventures like 'The Pickled Chick' serving meat based pickles, 'Nutty Singh' and ‘Makhana Singh’ serving a new range of flavoured dry fruits. The 'ALPS - Always Love Peanut Spread' became another feather in his cap.
Chef has also carved a digital presence with his YouTube channel that delves into culinary arts, sharing his knowledge and passion with a wider audience. In the realm of gastronomy, Chef Ishijyot Surri emerges not just as a culinary genius but as an institution in himself.

Anand Krishnan

Director, Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan

Anand Krishnan

Director, Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan

Anand Krishnan is Director at Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan. He did his Diploma in Hospitality Management from American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, (AH&LEI) and BA ( Hon.) in International Hospitality Management from Swiss Hotel Management School Caux/Montreux, Switzerland. As a director, he leads operations and project expansion at the brand and initiated a new concept in-house named VB WORLD global cuisine concept featuring the best vegetarian dishes from all around globe under one roof.

Chirag Chhajer

Co-Founder, Hunger Pangs Pvt Ltd ( Burma Burma)

Chirag Chhajer

Co-Founder, Hunger Pangs Pvt Ltd ( Burma Burma)

Chirag Chhajer is the co-founder of Burma Burma, India's only Pan India specialty Burmese restaurant and tea house. Established in 2014, Burma Burma is currently present in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata with twelve company owned restaurants and delivery kitchens, a growing online retail business and a robust Pan-India expansion plan.

Chirag Chhajer's interest in business management emerged as he was deeply influenced by his father, a successful businessman dealing with textile trading. After his schooling in Utpal Sanghvi Global School and Narsee Monjee Junior College of Commerce and Economics, Chirag went on to earn a degree in International Business (2008) from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.
In 2010, he completed his Diploma of Education, Family Managed Business Program from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai. It was here that he learned the fundamentals of running different businesses and bringing business management to family owned and run establishments. On completing his formal education, he joined his family-run business - Chhajer Synthetics Private

Limited, a textile trading company. Starting as a trainee and moving up to becoming a director over a decade, Chirag felt there was no better alternative to learning and sharpening his business acumen than being hands on. In 2013, he was approached by childhood friend Ankit Gupta with the idea of opening a specialty Burmese cuisine restaurant in India. Chirag was keen to explore the business opportunity in the food and beverage sector driven largely by his deep love for different global cuisines and the narratives that come with it. In 2014, after considerable consumer research and several trials through pop ups, Chirag and Ankit formalised their partnership. In 2018, Chirag was featured on the Forbes India 30 under 30 list and was also invited to speak at the TEDx Youth Summit at Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai in the same year.

Agenda 2024

10:50 am- 11:00

Welcome Note

Ms. Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief, Franchise India

Lighting of the Lamp

11:00- 11:15 am

Inaugural Session: Building for Tomorrow: The Industry and the Impact

Session Highlights:

  • Forecasting the Future of Foodservice
  • Deciphering The Modern Global Consumer
  • The Omni-channel of restaurants
  • The Balance of Technology and Hospitality

Speakers:
Hemant Oberoi, Celebrated Chef & Restaurateur
11:15-11:30 AM

Keynote Session



C-Suite Perspective: Food for Thought and Inspiration for Restaurant Biz Leaders


Speakers:
Raghav Joshi, Co-founder & Head- Hosted and Acquired Brands, Rebel Foods
11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Global Insights: International Growth
Brands share everything from being a local leader to a World Explorer

Session Highlights:

  • Building brands for the World: What to learn & unlearn?
  • Thinking Global: The opportunity markets outside India
  • How to innovate and adapt to foreign markets
  • Technology and Automation: Elevating customer/store experience while keeping costs in check

Session Lead & Moderator: Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief, Franchise India Group
Speakers:
Karan Kapur, ED, K Hospitality Corp
Amrut Mehta, Director, Little Italy Group
Manu Bajaj, Founder & MD, NuTaste
Nishant Kedia, CMO, Rebel Foods
Gaurav Batra, Brand Head, Neuma & One8Commune
Neeti Goyal, Restaurateur, Philanthropist & Co-Founder Khaanachaiye Foundation/Ghar Bhejo with Sonu Sood
12:15-1:00 PM

Capital Connection: Raising Capital for Growth

Session Highlights:

  • Growth Funding: How Angels & VC’s are evaluating the food service industry
  • Collaborations and partnerships: fuelling growth via M&A
  • Emerging Brands: Financing Options When There is Growth on the Plate
  • Consolidation in the food service industry

Speakers:
Anil Joshi, Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures
Shivangi Bubna, EVP & Head- Investments, Mumbai Angels
Abhishek Agarwal, Managing Partner, Rockstud Capital
Sree Harsha Vadlamudi, Managing Partner, Ironhill India
Abhijeet Anand, Founder and CEO of abCoffee
Chirag Chhajer, Co-Founder, Burma Burma Restaurant & Tea Room
1:00-2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00-2:15 PM

Keynote

Speakers:
Roger Font Roig, Marketing Director India, Lactalis
2:15- 3:00 PM

The Power of Collaboration: Understanding Realty-Restaurant Economics

Session Highlights:

  • Personalization, customer service, and proximity: How to do More with Less
  • Space: Addressing all customer needs in limited space
  • Rent or Rev Share: What works best for a restaurant organization ?
  • Beyond Mumbai : Goa, Pune, Nagpur and beyond

Session Lead & Moderator: Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief, Franchise India Group
Speakers:
Pawan Shahri, Co-Founder, Chrome Hospitality
Syesha Kapoor, Associate Director, Aspect Hospitality
Prashant Issar, Director, Bellona Hospitality
Addite Malik, Actor & Co-Partner, Green Turtle Hospitality
Rohit Gopalani, Senior VP, Head Leasing, Marketing, Inorbit Malls (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Roger Font Roig, Marketing Director India, Lactalis
3:00-3:30 PM

The Business of New Age restaurants and

Session Highlights:

  • Nightlife and lifestyle Quotients in Food service
  • The location of the drink
  • The day/ economics of contemporary restaurants

Session Lead & Moderator: Raj Doshi, Director, Deloitte Consulting
Speakers:
Pankaj Gupta, Owner, Cirqa, Taftoon Bar & Kitchen
Karan Nohoria, Owner, Silly
Twinkle Keswani, Founder, Pisco Hospitality
Ranbir Nagpal, CEO, Indus hospitality, Founder of YAZU Pan Asian Supper Club,
and Co-Founder at Juliette Ristorante & Bar
3:30 - 3:40 PM

Keynote Session

Speakers:
Rajni Soni, AVP- Marketing, NuTaste
3:40 - 4:10 PM

Food Delivery and Phygitization of Restaurants

The Future of Omni-Channel in Restaurants: What Does Innovation Look Like for these Chains?


How Cloud kitchens are going beyond the screen


Emerging Brands: Financing Options When There is Growth on the Plate


Innovating for Growth: levelling up 2023 people strategy customers


Session Lead & Moderator: Tarak Bhattacharya, ED & CEO, Mad Over Donuts
Speakers:
Varun Madan, Founder & CEO, Salad Days
Dhruv Dewan, Founder, Hashtag Loyalty (Thrive)
Anand Krishnan, Director, Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan
Rohan Mehrotra, Head- Online Sales, CharcoalEats
4:10 - 4:20 PM

Keynote

Speaker:
MVR Krishna Prasad, Business Head, Mumbai Meat Company and Director International RTE/RTC PFD, Allana Group
4:20- 5:00 PM

Food Gastronomy: Health, Taste & Sustainable Menus that work for consumer and Business

Session Highlights:

  • Future of food: How does the restaurant menu look like in 2024
  • Evaluating the best prices: Innovation vs old school
  • Maintaining menu and food standards With Third-Party Delivery Partners
  • Knowing your beverages right: How to pair with the food menu

Lead & Moderator: Mohammed Bhol is a Co-Founder & CEO of House of Biryan
Speakers:
Altamash Patel, Executive Chef, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Paul Noronha, Executive Chef, ITC Grand Central
Swarup-Solgaonkar, Corporate Chef-New Product Development, McDonald’s India
Chef Chef Ishijyot Surri, Founder, SJI Hospitality
MVR Krishna Prasad, Business Head, Mumbai Meat Company and Director International RTE/RTC PFD, Allana Group

Mumbai Edition Previous Speakers

Vikram Ramasubramanian

Partner, Inflection Point Ventures

Vikram Ramasubramanian

Partner, Inflection Point Ventures

As a Director in KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, he managed mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring engagements advising clients across Deal Strategy, Strategic Transformation, Synergy & Cost Optimization, and other Process Initiatives.
He worked as the Group Finance Manager – India and Thailand at Magna Cosma International, where he led the M&A, Strategic Finance, and ERP Implementation activities, development of cost models, and FP&A function across the region.
He has also worked in EY (Financial Due Diligence) and PwC (Audit) teams in the early part of his career, specializing in Industrial Manufacturing, IT & ITES sectors.

Jinraj Adyanthaya

Head - Key Accounts & Retail One - Nestle Professional

Jinraj Adyanthaya

Head - Key Accounts & Retail One - Nestle Professional

Experienced professional with 13+ years of experience in FMCGs like PepsiCo, Del Monte and Nestle in both B2B and B2C space with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry and Management consulting with Accenture. Skilled in P&L Management, Brand Management, Media Planning & Execution, Category development (core + innovation), Customer/Consumer Insights, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Trade Marketing, Business Development and B2B Marketing (Food Services industry), Management Consulting.

Biraja Prasad Rout

Founder, Biggies Burger

Biraja Prasad Rout

Founder, Biggies Burge

Biraja Prasad Rout is the founder of Biggies Burger. Being an entrepreneur with a passion for global food, Biraja was appalled to see the sordid state of affairs especially in the Indian grilled burger segment. With global chains serving up fried burgers, he took it upon himself to provide customer with healthier, grilled burgers. With the country fed up with the taste of fried burgers, Biggies Burger came up with the grilled burgers.
Having over 6 years of experience in automation, Biraja aims to utilize his experience to standardize the systems and processes so as to build India’s very own QSR chain that revolves around standardization and SOPs. He observed that there was a demand for grilled burgers in the QSR market. Biraja started the first Biggies Burger unit at Electronic City, in the year 2011. The concept of grilled burgers was first introduced to the Indian consumers, and received widespread recognition. Additionally, there was a very great reception for grilled burgers, which has since gone on to become the core USP of Biggies Burger.
Having taken baby steps during the initial years to grasp a better understanding of the nuances of the QSRs, the brand has gradually made its mark among the populace. Perhaps the best testament to the success of the brand is the fact that post adopting the franchising route in 2016. BIGGIES BURGER is the largest homegrown grilled burger chain in India with the brand currently operating 120+ stores in 23 cities across 15 states.
Biraja has since undertaken constant innovations and product development, ensuring uniformity in quality and taste across all locations. Not only in burger making, Biraja is also striving to ease the burger store franchising process for those that want to explore the QSR business opportunities. Adding to it is that Biggies Burger has enabled its franchisees that come from varied backgrounds, comprising of government officials, army personnel, IT professionals etc. to become successful in QSR business.

Chef Vikas Seth

Chef & Culinary Director, Embassy Leisure and Entertainment Projects LLP (Embassy Group)

Chef Vikas Seth

Chef & Culinary Director, Embassy Leisure and Entertainment Projects LLP (Embassy Group)

A well–travelled chef with an in-depth understanding of culinary concepts and a strong passion for innovation. IHM Mumbai alumnus, advance culinary skills honed at the Culinary Institute of America, comes with over two decades of work experience. Chef Vikas Seth has been felicitated with the most coveted ‘Chef of the Year – 2022’ award by the prestigious Times Food & Nighlife Awards.

Chef Seth is now the Culinary Director at Embassy Leisure, he has been the brains behind the multi-award winning restaurants Sanchez Restaurante & Cantina, Sriracha – Contemporary Pan-Asian Dining, HopsHaus – Botanical Brewery + Kitchen, Zest Besopke Catering, F&B outlets @ BLVD Club – Embassy Boulevard, Eden Café at Embassy Springs, amongst others.

Chef Vikas Seth A truly multi-faceted chef and member of the prestigious International association of gastronomy as ‘Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’. He has authored books for private circulation “The Modern Indian Odyssey” and a unique twin cover brand book ‘Sanchez & Sriracha’. Chef Seth has been listed in the ‘Top Food Entrepreneurs’ book by Restaurant India, he is the winner of Upper Crust Food and Wine Celebrity Chef Competition. Chef Seth was one of the Super Chefs on the Sony TV telecast Cooking Reality Show - ‘Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi’.

Chef Seth, has extensive experience in international product development as well, creating global flavours for every kitchen through the frozen food and ready-to-eat medium. These products were widely recognized globally and awarded a number of prestigious awards, namely in Boston Seafood Show and European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.

Rashmi Daga

Founder & CEO, FreshMenu

Mahesh Reddy

CEO, GoPizza India

Karan Kapur

Executive Director, K Hospitality Corp

Karan Kapur

Executive Director, K Hospitality Corp

Karan Kapur has been with K Hospitality Corp since the past decade, and is part of the strategic decision making, business development and operations strategy roll out for the group.
With an expertise in business administration, finance and economics, backed by his education in various universities abroad, Karan believes in being a hands-on leader and believes in actively participating in the operations of the group to facilitate growth and expansion.
Karan Kapur is the Executive Director of K Hospitality Corp, one of India’s largest home-grown hospitality and food service corporations.
A graduate from Northwestern University in Economics, and from Kellogg School of Management, where he received a Certification in Finance. After setting up new businesses for the organization, Karan returned back to the US to acquire his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
He played an active part in the setup and launch of Travel Food Services, the travel retail vertical under K Hospitality Corp.
Karan currently heads the Indian and International food services verticals of K Hospitality Corp which include some of the acclaimed brands – Copper Chimney, Bombay Brasserie, Punkah House, Bombay Borough, Blue Sea Banquets, Pavitra Catering, amongst others; along with the recent foray into International QSR growth with the launch of Domino's Pizza in the African subcontinent.
At a group level, Karan is part of the strategic decision making, business development and operations strategy roll out for K Hospitality Corp, and has played an active role is building the organizational capabilities to scale up to over 6000 employees today.

Pravesh Pandey

Founder & Director, Handcrafted Restaurants Private Ltd

Prasanna Kumar

Co-Founder and CEO, BLR Brewing Co

Nidhi Singh

Co-Founder, Samosa Singh

Nidhi Singh

Co-Founder, Samosa Singh

"Think Big! Trust Yourself and Make it Happen”, this is the mantra that Nidhi Singh, Co-Founder of Samosa Singh lives by.
Nidhi was heading the Business development vertical for a US based healthcare company, BioXcel Corporation. She worked a decade before quitting her satisfying job to start Samosa Singh.
She aspires to offer nostalgic and Indian delicacies both online and offline. She believes that the goal is to recreate and dominate the Indian snack category.
Her experience has enabled her to establish strong client bases that have assisted in reaching out at the corporate level for the business's growth potential. Her management and sales experience aided exponential growth and was critical in steering the startup by establishing a strong and healthy brand image.
Having a vision for developing healthy and hygienic food in India. Nidhi recognized a huge market opportunity and reached out to 10,000 customers in one day, delivering the samosas.

Sandipan Mitra

Co-Founder and CEO, HungerBox

Sandipan Mitra

Co-Founder and CEO, HungerBox

Sandipan Mitra is the Chief Executive Officer of HungerBox – an institutional food technology company he co-founded in 2016, with Uttam Kumar, which helps institutions manage their F&B services effectively. It serves marquee clients across various sectors like corporates, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, malls, and multiplexes with the help of a comprehensive product suite built from the ground up to offer a seamless, digital cafeteria experience.
HungerBox currently manages over 550 cafeterias and works with more than 900 food partners to serve a user base of 1.2 million and handles 12 million orders every month. HungerBox counts 8 of the top 11 private sector employers in the country as its clients.
Prior to starting HungerBox, Sandipan co-founded HungryZone - South East Asia’s 1st online food ordering portal which saw a successful exit when it got acquired by FoodPanda.
An MBA by profession, Sandipan has worked with organizations like Wipro and Yahoo before venturing into his entrepreneurial journey. Fortune India featured Sandipan in its 2021, 40 Under 40 list of India's Brightest Young Entrepreneurs.

Akshay Luthria

Managing Partner, Street Storyss and Sindh Kitchen

Akshay Luthria

Managing Partner, Street Storyss and Sindh Kitchen

Akshay Luthria is a dynamic industry professional and restaurateur with over 15 years of experience.
His passion for hospitality projects led him to operate as a partner at Lemp Brew by Lemp Brewing Co., America’s first Lager beer brewers and one the most legendary brewing brands.
He has also opened his successfully running restaurants in Bengaluru and operating as a managing partner at Street Storyss and Sindh Kitchen.

Chef Dr. Avin Thaliath

Pastry Chef, Co-founder and Director of Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts

Chef Dr. Avin Thaliath

Pastry Chef, Co-founder and Director of Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts

The bakery industry in India is the largest of the food processing segments with an estimated annual turnover of about $ 7.60 billion in 2020. The growth and spread of the bakery market have thrived on highly skilled bakers who have rattled the global industry as well.
Chef Avin Thaliath is one such name all pastry chefs and chocolatiers reckons with. An educationist at heart, the talented Chef’s mission is to spread joy with his insights and motivate others to find solace in this beautiful form of art.
Currently serving as the Co-Founder and Director of Academics at Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, India, Chef Avin’s desire and ambition to set up a specialized baking school in India, came true when Lavonne was born.
Hailing from Kerala, Chef Avin’s mother played a pivotal role in shaping his career and largely influenced him to dive into the culinary world. He was awarded a bronze medal in 2004 during his Bachelor of Hotel Management degree from Bangalore University. He further stimulated his field of interest, by taking up advanced level program in Chocolaterie and Sugar at Feves the Choco Creation of Pastry Fine Arts, Malaysia. He also holds the credit of being a Golden Certificate Awardee of Vatel Scholarship, Nimes, France.
After his studies in France, Chef Avin also interned under Chef Antonio Texeira before working with Le Granier A Pain, Paris, Paris Mamamia, Institut Vatel, Nimes and also Rhone Valley in France. After his stint in France, he worked with Indian giants like The Taj Hotels and The Orchid Hotels. Chef Avin was also appointed as a member of WACS (World Association of Chef’s Society), SICA (South Indian Culinary Association), and IFCA (Indian Federation of Chefs Association).
Rising up as a skilled dignitary in his field, Chef Avin steered the grounds of academic prowess as author of a number of academic journals, books, and monographs and has presented award-winning papers at top-level industry summits. He also served as assistant professor at the prestigious Christ University, Bangalore, India and has been associated with WorldSkills Org, since 2016 and has been representing India with skills from across the country at a global level. As someone who believes learning never stops, he competed his PhD in oenology studies and was in The Harun list for the most enterprising entrepreneurs of India. At present he is vice-president for the Pastry Council of India.
Soon, Chef Avin will launch his book “The Science in the Art of Baking”, which he has been working on for past 10 yrs.

Anand Ramanathan

Partner, Deloitte

Anand Ramanathan

Partner, Deloitte

Anand has around 16 years of experience from both an industry and consulting perspective. Anand is currently a Partner with the Strategy & Operations practice in Deloitte based out of Bangalore. He is a graduate from BITS Pilani and has completed his MBA from IIM Indore and PhD from IIM Bangalore. Anand started his career with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. He has been in sales and brand roles for nutritional food brands such as Horlicks & Boost. Prior to Deloitte, Anand has been a part of the management consulting practice at KPMG for the past 8 years and has worked on over 90 engagements. His work has primarily been in the consumer markets domain across various sectors such as Retail, FMCG, Agribusiness, and Education. Anand led the channel and salesforce effectiveness solution for the practice.

Dawn Thomas

Managing Director, V&RO Hospitality

Dawn Thomas

Partner, Deloitte

Dawn Thomas has finished B.Tech from M.S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. At the age of 17, Dawn co-founded Rices Obliquity (a clubbing community) to bring all of Bangalore together for incredible nightlife experiences and even joined hands with Sunburn and co-produced concerts of the likes of David Guetta, Avicii, Hardwell, Dada Life, Matzo, etc.
Just as most creators are - he is very particular about the brand image the company puts out and occasionally has taken up the responsibility of design & artworks himself in the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey.
In 2018, Dawn Thomas started working on building V&RO Hospitality as the CEO & Co-founder. VRO Hospitality, is one of the fastest growing hospitality chains in India which is the parent company of Popular Restaurant brands like Hangover, Badmaash, Nevermind, Cafe Noir, Tycoons, Plan B & Mirage. V&RO Hospitality takes pride in its repertoire of multi-format restaurants, cafes, lounges across 22 outlets in India
Under the leadership of Dawn Thomas, V&RO Hospitality also acquired F&B brands like Fava, Cafe Noir, Plan B, Caperberry, and One Night in Bangkok amidst the pandemic and also ventured into cloud kitchen brands with Burger & Beyond, Holy Doh to adjust to the new world of dinning
V&RO Hospitality has successfully raised an amount of $3million in a mix of equity and debt funding in Series A funding led by CreedCap Asia
Dawn Thomas is now focused on the growth mode of the company and with this fresh round of funding he aims to keep V&RO Hospitality on the trajectory of success.

Ramesh Prabhu Ramasamy

Channel and Customer Marketing Manager – South India
Nestle Professional

Ramesh Prabhu Ramasamy

Channel and Customer Marketing Manager – South India
Nestle Professional

10+ Year of Experience in Out of home F&B Space and part of two successful product launches in South.

Sunil Nair

Chief Strategy Officer, Third Wave Coffee

Sunil Nair

Chief Strategy Officer, Third Wave Coffee

Started from 25 Cafes at CAFÉ COFFEE DAY in the Northern India as a Territory head advanced to a National head leading about 1400+ cafes & 400 kiosk spread across the country with a team strength of almost 8000 employees. With the retail experience and with the astute relationship have managed to open cafes at about 130+ cities across the country. Have been instrumental in scaling up the Café Division from 100 to 800 CR (pre covid). Setting sales goals basis the annual business plan & driving the team to achieve the set topline targets has been the key primary task.. Driving ops team to deliver organizational goals and deliver best customer experience was the motto.
Last 1 year, the journey at TWC as a Chief Strategy officer one of the key focus areas of my profile has been expansion. The strategy used in sequencing new outlet launches, training the team on negotiation skills, ensuring profitability of every store, data-driven decision-making in finalizing newer locations combined with teamwork has resulted in the launching of 70+ successful new outlets in less than a year. Still a long way to go with the targets that we have set for ourselves, but I am excited to be part of that journey that will surely help us build a strong Indian origin brand called Third Wave Coffee.

Ankur Singh

Principal, Kearney

Ankur Singh

Principal, Kearney

Ankur is Principal with the global management consulting firm – Kearney. He is a practitioner within Consumer Industries and Retail Practice. He has engaged with multiple Indian and global food retail companies. The said engagements cover a variety of topics ranging from cost improvement, Sales and operations planning, store operations optimization and growth strategy. Across these engagements, Ankur has been actively involved in both strategy development and ensuring last mile implementation.

Mohammed Ali Shah

COO, FreshMenu

Mohammed Ali Shah

COO, FreshMenu

Mohammed Ali Shah is COO at FreshMenu. He is an experienced Operations Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Ali joined FreshMenu in 2015 as Operations Manager. He is highly skilled in Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Sales, and Business Development. He is a Strong operations professional with a Master of Business Administration - MBA focused in Operations Management and Supervision.

Shikha Nath

Culinary Director, Charcoal Concepts

Shikha Nath

Culinary Director, Charcoal Concepts

To say that Shikha Nath is passionate about food is an understatement. Discovering the best that India has to offer, and sharing it with the world, is what she brings to the Copper Chimney, Bombay Brasserie and Bombay Borough tables.
Having been with the K Hospitality Corp group for over two and a half decades, she's worn several hats, along with being Culinary Director for Charcoal Concepts, the specialist Indian F&B vertical under K Hospitality Corp.
She's travelled across the length and breadth of the country with her young team of chefs, identifying unique ingredients, understanding India's rich culinary history and bringing constantly evolving, fresh ideas to keep reinventing the foodscape for each brand, based on the it's distinct identity. Mrs Nath has also played a key role towards the setup, growth and expansion of restaurants across different formats in India as well as Internationally

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