Some music, some magic, and loads of fun — the HT City Crystals 2009 food awards was a night to remember. Top chefs, designers, artists, sports stars and media turned up to confer honours on the city’s top restaurants and nightspots. The event, which took place at ITC Maurya, saw the who’s who of the food and beverage industry —from chefs to restaurateurs and foodies — cheer for their peers who walked away with 15 awards presented by a host of prominent celebrities.
Food critic and HT advisory editorial director Vir Sanghvi presented the Vir Sanghvi awards before the Crystals. “The Crystals can become the premier food and beverage award programme because it is a people’s choice awards”, said Sanghvi. Celebs adding glitz and glamour to the evening included designers Rohit Bal and Ritu Beri, musicians Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan, boxing champion Vijender Singh, FDCI president Sunil Sethi and chess champion Tania Sachdev.
Editor-in-Chief Sanjoy Narayan, who hosted the awards said “It is the thousands of readers and diners who participated that made this a success. Kudos to the restaurants that participated so enthusiastically.”
The awards have been a hit since the announcement of the 111 nominees and 15 categories last month. Delhi’s foodies have gone all out to ensure their favourite places won. After weeks of voting and campaigning on Facebook and Twitter, over a lakh votes were cast. At the awards ceremony Roberto Narain of Drumjam had the entire room drumming and the UK-based Quick Change amazed the audience with their split-second wardrobe changing act. The event will be televised by NDTV Good Times next week.