In a dazzling ceremony held at Taj Lucknow on November 7, 2023, the culinary world witnessed the crowning glory of Chef Amar Ronald Xavier, the Director of Culinary at Food Auteurs Co/Journe and an Executive Member of the World Association of Master Chefs. Alongside him, Chef Ravikant Pathak, the visionary Founder of Varanasi Chefs Association, also claimed the prestigious Uttar Pradesh Best Chefs Award 2023.
The evening wasn’t just a celebration of gastronomic brilliance but a recognition of the passion, dedication, and innovation Chef Amar Ronald Xavier and his colleagues brought to the table. The award ceremony was graced by the presence of Shri Mayankeshwar Singh, the Hon’ble State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Medical Education, Medical and Health, Family Welfare, and Mother and Child Welfare, who presented the accolades to these culinary luminaries.
This illustrious honor wasn’t confined to Varanasi alone. Chefs from various cities in Uttar Pradesh, including Chef Dr. Izzat Hussain, Chef Nagendra, Chef Dr. Nafees, and Chef Ali Hussain, joined the ranks of the best chefs in the state, showcasing the diverse talent that Uttar Pradesh holds in its culinary embrace.
What sets Chef Amar Ronald Xavier apart is not just his culinary expertise but his broader contributions to society. The award is a tribute to those who have not only represented India on global platforms but have also been actively involved in social work within the cities of Uttar Pradesh. His commitment to training the next generation of chefs and his efforts towards reducing food waste are noteworthy aspects that earned him this distinguished recognition.
Chef Amar Ronald Xavier, known for his innovative approach to culinary arts, expressed his gratitude, saying, “This award is not just a personal achievement but a celebration of the rich culinary heritage of Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh. We are not only chefs; we are ambassadors of culture through our food.”
Chef Ravikant Pathak, the driving force behind the Varanasi Chefs Association, added, “Our journey has been about more than just creating delectable dishes. It’s about fostering a culinary community, preserving traditions, and contributing meaningfully to the places we call home.”
The culinary landscape of Uttar Pradesh is undergoing a renaissance, with Chef Amar Ronald Xavier and his colleagues at the forefront of change. Their dedication to excellence, both in the kitchen and in community service, serves as an inspiration for aspiring chefs across the state. As the aroma of their success wafts through the air, it is clear that the culinary legacy of Uttar Pradesh is in the capable hands of Chef Amar Ronald Xavier.