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. 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.


Pramode Bhandari

Pramode Bhandari - Area General Manager at The Park Hotels Experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Strong & skilled in Operations Management, Sales, Hotel Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Hospitality Industry.


Kalyan Karmakar

Kalyan Karmakar from Mumbai, he will travel to any lengths for a good meal starting with his own kitchen. He is a consumer insights and social media specialist. He documents his food and travel stories in his blog. He considers it his life’s mission to give men the confidence to cook so that they don’t have to depend on anyone else to eat well. He lives in Mumbai.

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