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Indian Restaurant Partners
29 - 30 August, 2016J.W. Marriott, Aerocity, New Delhi
6th National Convention & Awards on Business of Restaurant


Thank you for making the Indian Restaurant Congress 2016 a grand success

About the Event

Entering in its 6th edition Indian restaurant Congress is the top business and knowledge sharing platform for the business of food and restaurant in India.

The Indian Restaurant Congress has made a mark in the industry and is a key date marked in the calendar for people in the sector to join the only Food service business platform in India that talks about the Business of tomorrow. With presence of more than 500 stakeholders and key thought leaders from top restaurants and F&B brands from Indian and Global markets, the day will debate, discuss, share, celebrate and network in the two days Restaurant Congress.

With a clear business focus in mind, investors, chain restaurants, F&B entrepreneurs, regional restaurant owners, start-ups and tech companies will come together with big-name in food and ingredients manufacturers for two days of networking, debate, discussion and learning – showcasing new trends, business concepts and championing the innovations which has the potential to transform the sector.

Going by the industry analysis and the future market spotlight, Indian Restaurant Congress 2016 is themed #DOTHENEW . Indian Restaurant Congress will be building and nurturing the food service innovation ecosystem by supporting entrepreneurs and creating platforms for collaboration. It is the platform where restaurants, chefs, brands would find future business models, menu, Ideas to address tomorrow’s market demand .

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Leading Speakers

  • Riyaaz Amlani
    Conference Chairperson & President, NRAI
    Riyaaz Amlani President- NRAI and MD,
    Impresario Hospitality and Entertainment
    Riyaaz Amlani, Conference Chairperson & President, NRAI is a thorough homebred restaurateur and the youngest of the lot... Read More
  • Pawan Kumar Agarwal
    Pawan Kumar AgarwalCEO,
    Mr. Pawan Agarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).Mr. Agarwal, is a 1985 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre. Prior to his responsibility as the CEO of food safety regulator... Read More
  • A D Singh
    Olive Bar & Kitchen Pvt Ltd
    A D SinghMD,
    Olive Bar and Kitchen Pvt Ltd
    AD Singh is a known name in the fields of leisure and restaurants. Over the last twenty years, he has been at the forefront of the hospitality industry of the country. His existing restaurants and new ventures...Read More
  • Chef Ajay Chopra
    Chef and Consultant
    Chef Ajay ChopraCelebrity Chef and author
    After a sparkling career as the head of the kitchen brigade for globally recognized chains Marriott and Starwood, and after successfully hosting food shows on two of India’s leading television channels Chef Ajay Chopra has reinvented himself.Read More
  • Rahul Singh
    The Beer Cafe
    Rahul SinghHonorary Secretary, NRAI
    Professional turned entrepreneur, Rahul Singh is the Honorary Secretary, NRAI of THE BEER CAFÉ, India’s favorite beer chain. With 38 locations operational within a short span of three years, it has already become the largest, fastest and most profitable Alco-beverage service brand in India...Read More
  • Rajesh Sawhney
    Rajesh SawhneyFounder, GSF,
    Co-Founder- InnerChef.
    Rajesh is the cofounder of India’s fastest growing food tech platform. Rajesh drives vision, strategy and growth at InnerChef. Rajesh is also the founder of GSF, India’s leading multi-city Tech-Startup Accelerator for the brightest tech startups in India...Read More
  • Raghav Verma
    Raghav VermaCo-Founder,
    Mr. Raghav is an IIT Delhi graduate (Chemical Engineering) of 2010. He is the Co-founder of Chaayos, a chai-cafe chain with 5 outlets in Delhi NCR. Chaayos is all about "experiments with chai", where customers can choose from over 25 varieties...Read More
  • Julianne Holt Kailihiwa
    Sumo Sushi & Bento
    Julianne Holt KailihiwaPresident and CEO Sumo International, Inc.
    Julianne Holt-Kailihiwa is the current President and CEO of Sumo International, Inc who started her career at the young age of 12 working in a youth employment program for disadvantaged native youth.Read More
  • Ashish Saxena
    TexMex Cuisine India Pvt Ltd
    Ashish SaxenaTexMex Cuisine India Pvt Ltd
    Ashish Saxena is currently leading investments of TVS Capital in the F&B space. He is the CEO for TexMex Cuisine which own and operates Chili's American Grill & Bar in West and South India. Read More
  • Unnat Varma
    Pizza Hut India Sub Continent
    Unnat VarmaMD, Pizza Hut India Sub Continent
    Unnat brings with him a vast Marketing & Sales experience of over 19 years. He has been with Yum! Brands for almost 10 years and had joined the company... Read More
  • Shaun Kenworthy
    Celebrity Chef and Consultant
    Shaun KenworthyCelebrity Chef and Consultant
    UK-born and bred, Shaun began his career in Yorkshire, Manchester and London. In London, he worked in some of the best gourmet addresses in town Bibendum, The Atltantic Bar and Grill, Coast, Air, Mash and Quaglinos and was part of Conran opening...Read More
  • Chef Sabyasachi Gorai
    Lavaash by Saby
    Chef Sabyasachi GoraiCelebrity Chef & Owner- Lavaash by Saby
    After receiving the most coveted National Tourism Award, 2011 for "Best Chef of India", Awarded by the President, Chef Saby quit his job as Culinary Director of Olive bar and kitchen, and started his culinary academy to nurture and mentor young Chefs...Read More
  • Chef Saransh Goila
    Goila Butter Chicken
    Chef Saransh GoilaCelebrity Chef & Owner Goila Butter Chicken
    At 29, Saransh Goila is an inspiration to all the aspiring chefs of India and a maverick in his own right. At an impressionable age of 12, Saransh displayed a contagious passion for all things “food”. Working with some of the best properties like ...Read More
  • Siddharth Bafna
    Lodha & Co.
    Siddharth BafnaPartner and Head - Corporate Finance, Lodha & Co.
    "Siddharth believes that there will be a lot of opportunities for new restaurant chains to emerge and for the able ones to raise venture capital or private equity in times to come" ...Read More
  • Niren Chaudhary
    Niren Chaudhary President, KFC
    Niren Chaudhary is President of the KFC division, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 restaurants in ...Read More
  • Mr. Rajat Wahi
    KPMG India
    Mr. Rajat Wahi Partner, Management Consulting, & Head-Consumer, Retail and Agri Sector, KPMG India
    Mr. Rajat Wahi is a Partner at KPMG and heads the Consumer, Retail and Agri sectors for the firm. He focuses on areas like Corporate & Business Unit Strategy, Route to Market Strategy & Market Entry Strategy, Channel...Read More
  • Karan Tanna
    Yellow Tie Hospitality Management LLP
    Karan TannaFounder & CEO Yellow Tie Hospitality Management LLP
    Karan Tanna is the Founder & CEO at Yellow Tie Hospitality Management LLP that plans to introduce and expand various global companies in the country. His chief responsibilities involve designing the business structure for Indian market & looking...Read More
  • Abhishek Azad
    Middleby Celfrost Innovation Pvt Ltd
    Abhishek AzadExecutive Vice President, Middleby Celfrost Innovation Pvt Ltd
    Abhishek has been with Middleby close to a decade and is responsible for the overall business in India. He started out with McDonald’s as a crew member 15 years back and rose through the ranks to get to where he is today....Read More
  • Sumit Goyal
    Sumit GoyalOwner, Gastronomica
    Sumit comes from a highly successful and illustrious business lineage. After completing his banking stint with Standard Chartered bank, he moved on to his next endeavour of establishing his own venture, More
  • Akshay Bector
    Cremica Food Industries Limited
    Akshay BectorChairman & Managing Director, Cremica Food Industries Limited
    Mr. Bector started his career in 1987; post completion of B.E. in Industrial & Production Engineering. His initial endeavours included the establishment of a modern bread plant which was soon followed by a world class biscuit plant...Read More
  • Ryan Patel
    Ryan PatelVice President, Global Development, Pinkberry
    Ryan Patel most recently served as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, one of the fastest growing retail brands globally. Over his five year tenure at Pinkberry commencing in 2011, the company has gone from less than 95 locations to over 265 stores in 23 countries...Read More
  • Akhilesh Bahl
    Malt & Salt Hospitality
    Akhilesh BahlFounder & CEO, Malt & Salt Hospitality
    Akhilesh Bahl, Founder & CEO, Malt & Salt Hospitality is a Hotel Management graduate and Bachelor of Commerce. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausees...Read More
  • Jaspal Singh Sabharwal
    Everstone Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
    Jaspal Singh SabharwalPartner, Everstone Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Jaspal Singh Sabharwal, Partner, Everstone Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd holds a Management Degree from McGill University, Montreal and a Diploma in Practicing Management from INSEAD, France...Read More
  • Raymond Andrews
    Founder, The Biryani Blues
    Raymond AndrewsFounder, The Biryani Blues
    Raymond is the Cofounder of Biryani Blues, NCR's biggest (India's fastest growing) Biryani focused QSR chain. Within a short span of three years, the chain has grown to around a dozen outlets and churns out over 2000 biryanis...Read More
  • Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi
    Turban Tadka Hospitality Pvt Ltd
    Chef Harpal Singh SokhiCelebrity Chef and Director - Turban Tadka Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
    Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi is a celebrity chef from India. Also known as 'Energy Chef of India' is now a 'Dancing Chef Of India'. He graduated from a catering school at Bhubaneshwar, Capital of Orissa. He spent his initial years learning different international cuisines,...Read More
  • Abhishek Malhotra
    AT Kearney
    Abhishek MalhotraPartner, AT Kearney
    Mr. Abhishek Malhotra is currently a Partner with AT Kearney and is based in Mumbai. He is a member of the Consumer, Retail & Health Practice at A.T. Kearney. Abhishek is an experienced management consultant and has worked with many leading companies and organizations...Read More
  • Revant Bhate
    Revant BhateHead of Marketing, Faasos
    Revant Bhate, Head of Marketing at Faasos, completed his PGDM in Finance and Stretergy from IIM, Kozhikode. Revant envisions the business becoming synonymous with food ordering and delivery in India. Revant has professionally...Read More
  • Rahul Rai
    Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt. Ltd
    Rahul RaiPartner & Senior Vice President-Investments, Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt. Ltd
    Mr. Rahul Rai, Partner & Senior Vice President-Investments, Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt. Ltd is a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Economics graduate with honours from Hindu College, Delhi University...Read More
  • Pankaj Judge
    Chai Thela
    Pankaj JudgeFounder-Chai Thela
    Pankaj Judge is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. He Founded Chai Thela with vision to become India's biggest Chai Nashta chain. Pankaj believes that if you have 10% of knowledge...Read More
  • Varun Kapur
    K Hospitality Corp
    Varun KapurExecutive Director- K Hospitality Corp
    After graduating from NYU Stern School of Business and a stint in the United Kingdom working as an Investment Banker, Varun returned to join the F&B Business in 2008. Currently Varun is spearheading the growth...Read More
  • Sagar Daryani
    Wow ! Momo
    Sagar DaryaniCo-Founder & CEO, Wow ! Momo
    Sagar Jagdish Daryani, Co-founder Wow! Momo completed his Graduation from St. Xaviers Kolkata. Being a Brand originated out of Kolkata & with over 90 outlets across 8 cities, i.e Kolkata, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Pune Chennai & Kochi,...Read More
  • Sam Chopra
    Carl's Jr.
    Sam ChopraChairman, Carl's Jr.
    Samir (Sam) Chopra a Chartered Accountant by profession has more than 30 years of diverse experience. Sam is the Chairman of CybizCorp which specializes in consulting, incubation, franchising, and licensing and channel distribution in various verticals including Real Estate and Food and Beverage....Read More
  • Chef Manish Mehrotra
    Old World Hospitality
    Chef Manish MehrotraCorporate Chef-Luxury Dining, Old World Hospitality
    Chef Manish Mehrotra is the most Promising Young Chef of India. By launching the path-breaking contemporary Indian menu of Indian Accent, at the Manor, New Delhi in 2009, Chef Mehrotra reinvented Delhi's fine dining scene...Read More
  • Tanmay Kumar
    Burger King India
    Tanmay KumarChief Financial Officer,Burger King India
  • Samir Kuckreja
    Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
    Samir KuckrejaFounder & CEO, Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
    Samir Kuckreja, Founder & CEO of Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, has 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd specialises in consultancy work...Read More
  • Chris Thomson
    Lyoness India Pvt Limited
    Chris ThomsonGeneral Director, Lyoness India Pvt Limited
    Chris Thomson is General Director of Lyoness India Pvt Limited and on behalf of the Lyoness group is responsible for bringing to India the world’s most successful loyalty programme for independent businesses...Read More
  • Viraj Lamba
    Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
    Viraj LambaCo Founder, Director Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. (Flyp@mtv Cafe).
    Viraj started out in the hospitality industry at the young age of 18 while pursuing business management at University of British Columbia. Having conceptualised brands and formats such as V spot cafe bar and bar exchange, he has over 12 years of hands on experience in the hospitality industry....Read More
  • Sohrab Sitaram
    Sohrab SitaramCEO, Keventers
    Sohrab Sitaram is the CEO of Super Milks Products Pvt. Ltd. which is the owner of the popular milkshake brand KEVENTERS operating 40 outlets pan India, Kenya and California and a Director of Square Root Hospitalities Pvt. Ltd...Read More
  • Kazem Samandari
    Kazem SamandariCo-Founder & Executive Chairman, L'Opera
    Mr. Kazem Samandari has a Ph.D. in Industrial Economy, an MS in Electrical Engineering and a Business Degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Samandari has over 40 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience and has worked....Read More
  • Chef Sumant Vikas
    Cremica Food Industries Limited.
    Chef Sumant VikasExecutive Chef, Cremica Food Industries Limited.
    Chef Sumant is an alumni of the renowned Dadar Catering College (IHMCTAN), IHM Mumbai. He graduated from IHMCTAN Mumbai in the year 1997. Since then, Chef Sumant has gained varied experiences of working in 5 Star hotels for more than a decade.....Read More
  • Chef Vikramjit Roy
    ITC Hotels
    Chef Vikramjit RoyChef de Cuisine, ITC Hotels
    Chef Vikramjit Roy is Chef de Cuisine at ITC Hotels and is a Custodian of Asian Cuisine for ITC Hotels. Chef Roy has successfully opened two Brand new progressive asian cuisine restaurants,...Read More
  • Kartik Maheshwari
    Legal & Tax Counselling Worldwide
    Kartik MaheshwariSenior Associate, Nishith Desai Associates, Legal & Tax Counselling Worldwide
    Mr. Kartik Maheshwari is a senior associate at Nishith Desai Associates an India centric global law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Munich and New York. He is a Corporate Lawyer who focuses mainly on general...Read More
  • Kabir Suri
    Azure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
    Kabir SuriCo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
    Mr. Kabir Suri is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Azure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Suri's professional career began in the field of commercial real estate finance with North Fork Bank in New York followed by Argent Fund Management in London as an analyst. ...Read More
  • Reema Virdee
    Lyoness India Pvt. Ltd.
    Reema VirdeeMarketing Associate, Lyoness India Pvt. Ltd.
    Although now living in the Indian restaurant capital of the world - London - Reema originally hails from Delhi, and is launching the Lyoness Loyalty Programme into the hospitality sector in India. With her commercial and CRM background in banking and marketing,...Read More
  • SP Singh
    SP SinghRegional Head & General Manager- New Delhi Regional Office, SIDBI
    Shri S.P. Singh is the General Manager of SIDBI heading New Delhi Region covering Delhi, Western U.P and Uttarakhand. Shri Singh has experience of more than 25 years in Academics and Banking....Read More
  • O.P. Khanduja
    DS SpicecoPvt. Ltd.(Catch Salt & Spices)
    O.P. KhandujaBusiness Head, DS SpicecoPvt. Ltd.(Catch Salt & Spices)
    Mr. Om Prakash Khanduja is a marketing veteran with an illustrious career spanning over 30 years with various global FMCG majors like DS Group, Dabur, Pepsi, and Baidyanath...Read More
  • Chirag Mehta
    Clip Financial
    Chirag MehtaFounder, Clip Financial
    Mr. Chirag Mehta, Director at CLIP Financial, which is a sector focused mid market Debt, Equity and M&A advisory firm that helps companies grow by supporting...Read More
  • Sharad Sachdeva
    Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd.
    Sharad SachdevaChief Executive Officer, Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Sharad Sachdeva, comes from a disciplined defence family of Dehra Doon, completed his schooling from Doon and went on to pursue his management degree. Today after completing 20 years in the corporate world...Read More
  • Dina Mukherjee
    Pan India Food Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    Dina MukherjeeChief Marketing Officer, Pan India Food Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    Ms. Dina Mukherjee, CMO, Pan India Food Solutions Pvt. Ltd, completed her Bachelors in English from Miranda House, Delhi University and Diploma in Marketing Management from...Read More
  • Gautam Srivastava
    PwC India
    Gautam SrivastavaDirector- Deals Strategy, PwC India
    Mr. Gautam Srivastava is a Director with Deals Strategy team at PwC India and is the North India lead. He has around 13 years of experience in advising Corporate Groups as well as Private Equity clients in their strategy and M&A needs....Read More
  • Basil Messy
    Duet India Hotels
    Basil MessyDirector-Procurement, Duet India Hotels
  • Sandeep Gugnani
    Dunkin Donuts (Jubilant Foodworks)
    Sandeep GugnaniGeneral Manager & Head-Supply Chain, Dunkin Donuts (Jubilant Foodworks)
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# New Flavours this Year

  • The stage will be set for the leading lounge, bar, and nightclub owners to come together and raise a toast for unlocking the opportunities and the next big bar and Lounge trends in the market.

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  • Leading QSRs, fast casual, cafes & tea parlours, bakeries will take you to a disruptive voyage on food, experience , service, delivery over some lip smacking culinary journey unveiling their innovations.

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  • The Fine Dine Summit will rake the minds of top Restaurateurs, Chefs behind the most celebrated fine dining places sharing What goes behind Pairing luxury surroundings with the finest culinary experiences.

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The two day conference will bring together industry veterans to interact and draw attention to best practices and promote innovation to capture consumer interest that will help grow the India Restaurant Sector.

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  • Best National Restaurant 2016
  • Best Regional Restaurant Chain of the Year 2016
  • Best Regional Standalone Restaurant of the Year 2016
  • Best Regional Debutant Restaurant of the Year 2016
  • Best Debutant Restaurant Chain of the Year 2016
  • Best Regional Indian Cuisine Restaurant Chain / Standalone of the Year 2016
  • Best National/Regional Chinese Restaurant of the Year 2016
  • Best National/Regional Mexican Restaurant of the Year 2016
  • Best National/Regional Lebanese Restaurant of the Year 2016
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Understanding this growing need and opportunity for integrated Restaurant businesses, we are please to share with you that parallel to the convention will be an expo designed as one stop shop for exploring: best technology suppliers, innovative tools, tie-up with best in league distribution channels, co-branding alliances, international development opportunities, best data management and teacher training tools and many more either to enhance the learning process or to evaluate it in perspective of helping build the Indian Restaurant system on international lines.

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  • Testimonials

    "Excellent & adequate positioning of session starting from Restaurant seed till the growth upto a big tree." Amanpreet Singh, Moti Mahal Restaurant
    "Very good platform to learn about the restaurant Industry." Sanjay Aggarwal, RPM Productions
    "It's a great experience to be a part of this congress. Get to know more about restaurant industry and its management." Mukesh Joshi, Prakash & Brothers
    "The congress gave a very valuable overview of the industry. Various Investment opportunities with their relative strength & weaknesses." Vijay Gupta, Aim Shared Services
    "A good platform for the interaction with all the industry big shots." Rajat Chaudhary, Satya Land & Housing Development Pvt. Ltd.
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