Jury Members



Steven Lee

Mr. Steven Lee the recipient of the prestigious British Chef is the year award who was born and brought up in Kolkata and went to the United Kingdom 17 years back and started the concept of Indo-Chinese cuisine in the UK. Hailing from Tangra, he is a pioneer in popularizing the unique taste and flavours of this special cuisine which was previously unknown in London. About a year back, he started his own venture, Hakkaland, which specializes in 'Kolkata Chinese'.


Birgit Holm

Birgit Holm is the General Manager for Hyatt Regency Kolkata. A graduate of the Copenhagen Hotel and Restaurant School, she started her hospitality career in 1988 as front desk manager at Hotel Kong Fredrik Copenhagen and later got a certificate at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. After gaining work experience in the culinary field in renowned New York restaurants, she moved to the St. Regis New York as a manager of food & beverage in 2002. Her next assignment was as account executive manager for the catering and event-planning business, Canard Inc. New York. Four years later, she moved to New Delhi where she held the position of Vice President International Sales for The Oberoi Group Corporate Office New Delhi. In her last assignment, Birgit successfully established the Dusit Devarana Hotels and Resorts in New Delhi. She joined them in 2009 as General Manager and was associated with them for six years. She has an extensive hands-on industry experience and a passion for people and service. As a General Manager, Birgit Holm will oversee the strategic and financial performance of Hyatt Regency Kolkata .She will ensure that the basic principles of Hyatt Regency brand are imbibed at every level.


Suman Chakraborty

Suman Chakraborty is a teacher and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Executive Editor of ROMAN Books, an award-winning publishing house; and the Business Development Advisor of Roman Printers Pvt. Ltd., one of Kolkata’s oldest printing houses. He was a select invitee to the Prime Minister’s Start-Up India launch. Suman studied modern literature at the University of Glasgow, taught at various institutes in the UK and in India. He is currently the Director of Centre for English Studies, Kolkata and a visiting lecturer at Sister Nivedita University. A foody, a lover of food videos, food photography and new recipes, Suman loves to dine at new specialty restaurants to explore new items on menu. He is interested to explore the possibilities of how digital food blogging can be converted into a physically published book.


Mrs. Sanjukta Bose

Mrs. Sanjukta Bose is creating new minds with amazing skill sets in the professional world of hospitality, and is forging them on an exponential growth graph while weaving a great career ahead. Her Institution, IIHM is built on the pillars of truth, honesty, dedication & innovation, which together create global hoteliers with an aptitude to lead from the front. This powerful Director of International Institute of Hotel Management knows how to tackle obstacles with unprecedented panache and pragmatic solutions. And it is her dedication to maintain the prestigious position of IIHM that the Institute has now become one of the largest hotel schools in India and abroad with campuses in Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bangkok as well. A guiding mentor, she ensures that her students get ample amount of opportunities and learning environment, and for that she never hesitates to step out of her comfort zone and bring the best to the fore. Be it international opportunities, state-of the-art facilities and highly qualified teachers, Mrs. Bose gets the best of everything for her students to learn and grow. She earned her Graduate degree from Burdwan University. Mrs. Bose also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. Apart from overseeing the important operations of IIHM, Mrs. Bose also plays other roles in various organizations. She is a Member of Managing Committee of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry. In addition, she is also a member of various Committees in organizations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Regional Council, Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) .

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