The first edition of “Top Food Bloggers’ Award” presented by Sidd’s Hospitality and Candid Communication was held today in the esteemed presence of chief guest Mr. Debashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, IT Department, Govt. of West Bengal and Chairman, Hidco along with Actor Soham Chakraborty, Actor Rudranil Ghosh, Cinematographer and the Director Premendu Bikash Chaki and Music Director Souvik Gupta, the team of the upcoming Bengali film ‘Honeymoon’ at the Sonnet, Kolkata. The gala award ceremony also witnessed the presence of respected jury members Mr. Kalyan Karmakar, Food & Travel Writer; Mr. Sameer Malkani, Co-Founder, Food Bloggers Association, India; Rekha Kakkar, Renowned Indian Blogger and Davide Cananzi, The F&B Wizard.
Mr. Rajen Bali was conferred with the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Mr. Debashis Sen and Davide Cananzi. The award ceremony was followed by a special musical performance by Arnab Bhattacharya Quartet featuring “Gabu”.
Food is a religion in Eastern part of India, more so in Bengal. If Chefs are to be considered God’s of this religion then Food Bloggers are the Messiahs. Messengers who visit the various worship pockets to bring to us each minute and every detail of the hidden ingredients which our naked eyes can’t visualize but the sensitive palates of these Messiahs can taste and identify. They invest valuable time to understand each of these ingredients and unfold the mystery behind each food. Therefore it’s time we show our gratitude to these Messiahs and thank them in our unique way and recognize them for the message they unscramble for us.
“As the organiser of the first top food blogger award 2018, we are grateful for the interest and feedback generated amidst our bloggers fraternity. We feel strengthened to receive over 300 nominations and over 3000 votes. We’re confident that these awards will gain more magnitude in the years to come” said Ms. Paromita Ghosh, Director, Candid Communication.
“TFBA India has been able to offer a unique platform to the Food Blogging Community of Eastern India thereby spreading the message of team work and encouraging new food bloggers to give shape to their passion and love for blogging”, said Mr. Ankur Siddiqui, Director, Sidd’s Hospitality.
The Procedural Aspects: To be eligible, the content must be published during 1st January, 2016 to 31st December, 2017. A Panel of eminent judges chosen by the Members of the ‘Top Food Bloggers Committee will further screen the entries to choose the winner from each category.
The total numbers of awards were 25. The categories are Best Food Travel Blog, Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners, Best Food Instagram, Best Drinks Blog, Best Baking & Sweets Blog, Best Style & Design Blog, Food & Culture Blog, Best Food Videos, Best New Voice, Best Photography and The Obsessive Award: Best Special Interest Blog. All the categories were divided into two – Jury’s choice and people’s choice award. There were two more special award named Best Health Food Blog and Best Food Travel Blog.
The judge’s panel for the first edition of the Top Food Bloggers Award included Mr. Kalyan Karmakar renowned Food and Travel Writer, Mr. Sameer Malkani, Co-Founder, Food Bloggers Association, India; Rekha Kakkar, Renowned Indian Blogger and Davide Cananzi, F&B wizard.
About Top Food Bloggers Award:
Top Food Bloggers Awards has been started with the objective to reward those in segments of the quality of writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. It is our celebrations of bloggers, cooks, photographers and travellers who have taken to the web to tell stories and get us all excited!
The initiative is supported by Shatadru Only, The Sonnet- Hospitality Partner, Panj Tara – Food Partner, Thai – Airline Partner, Digital Myracles – Technology Partner, Level9 Solutions – Creative Partner, The Travel Manager – Travel Partner, BySmita – Gift Partner, , Sanjha Chula – F&B Partner, Reynold’s – Audio and Visual Partner, Dontia Dental Care – Smile Partner, The Drovers – Marketing Partner, Tatha – Spa Partner, VNC – Wellness Partner, Preach – Lounge Partner, Dimension Labs – Hosting Partner, Siti Cable – Channel Partner and Surinder Films – Film Partner.
|Category||Jury’s Choice||People’s Choice|
|Best Food Travel Blog||Dolon Dutta Chowdhury||Subhasis Chatterjee|
|Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners||Debjani Chatterjee Alam||Debajyoti Basu Ray|
|Best Food Instagram||Kaniska Chakraborty||Culinary Calcutta|
|Best Drinks Blog||Raina Kshetry||Tanmay Basak|
|Best Baking & Sweets Blog||Rukshana Kapadia||Jude Martin|
|Best Style & Design Blog||Raina Kshetry||Jude Martin|
|Food & Culture Blog||Archya Sengupta||Hungry Hallows|
|Best Food Videos||Debajani Chatterjee Alam||Luna Chatterjee|
|Best New Voice||Rukshana Kapadia||Sayan Bakshi|
|Best Photography||Madhushree Basu Roy and Anindya Sundar Basu||Tanmay Basak|
|The Obsessive Award : Best Special Interest Blog||Indrajit Lahiri||Culinary Calcutta|
|Life Time Achievement Award||Rajen Bali||–|
|Best Health Food Blog||Raina Kshetry by Dontia Dental Care||–|
|Best Food Travel Blog||Subhankar Ghosh by The Travel Manager||–|