“Bengaluru is undoubtedly the food capital of India”.
That is what the jury said, amid thunderous applause by restaurateurs and their families, before announcing the GRB-Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association (BBHA) Food Awards (2022) in Bengaluru on Tuesday (September 21).
Later in the evening, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai acknowledged the hospitality sector’s contribution to the state in a moving speech.
CTR’s Ganesh receiving the award for Best Casual Dining (Veg) on Tuesday
“Hotels are an extremely significant industry. They provide food and accommodation to migrants and people on the move. They are one of the largest employment providers in the unorganised sector,” said Bommai.
The Chief Minister also said the government was committed to giving the sector ‘industry status’ provided it was registered under the tourism sector.
“Hotels and restaurants can and must do more on the tourist front. There should be a holistic approach and then only the sector can grow,” he said.
“We cannot allow restaurants to function 24/7 as of now, but we are considering extending the working hours,” said Bommai, in response to the Association’s demand.
PC Rao, president of BBHA, said: “The event is an annual celebration for the members of BBHA and is an endeavour to recognise the best in the industry for their efforts and best practices followed in various disciplines.”
Chief Minister Bommai at the BBHA Awards in Bengaluru
Arun Adiga (Vidyarthi Bhavan) and chairman of BBHA Awards (2022), said, “This is the second time (the first one was in 2019) we are coming up with such an award. Many private institutions have been giving awards, and the association then thought of setting up one of its own. The idea is to enable healthy competition among ourselves and strive for better service. Also, we want to add more members to the association and widen our umbrella. I think we are the only hotel association in the country to initiate such awards.”
The association now has over 2,500+ members though Bengaluru is estimated to have 20,000 eateries across the city.
Here are the winners:
Best Darshini Style
Arekere, Bannerghatta Road
Best Casual Style Dining (Veg)
Shri Sagar (CTR)
Best Casual Style Dining (Non-Veg)
Fine Dining (Multi-Cuisine)
Jayanagar 5th Block
Best Hotel (Hospitality / Rooms / Accommodation)
The Fern Residency
Tumkur Main Road, Yeshwanthpur
Best Sweets and Savouries
Sri Venkateshwara Sweet-Meat Stall
Iyengar’s Oven Fresh
L J & Co, Electronic City Phase-1
Best Ice Cream Parlour
Fruits & Nuts (Natural Ice creams)
Emerging Woman Entrepreneur
Pure & Natural, 7th Block Jayanagar
Emerging Hotel/ Hotelier
Best Innovative Concept
Lifetime Achievement Award
Gopadi Srinivasa Rao
Chairman – Mayura Group
For the awards ceremony, nearly 250 nominations were received in multiple categories.
An independent jury, comprising hospitality expert Mohan Kumar PK, chef Nimish Bhatia and Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences associate professor Priya Arjun, evaluated the entries and chose the winners. The jury visited locations before picking the winners.
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