In the effort to make Kenya a culinary hub, Chefs Delight Awards has partnered with the Kenya Tourism Board during this year’s Magical Kenya Tourism Expo. The competition’s organizer will have a Chefs Delight corner where several nominated restaurants at the Coastal region will display and showcase their rich and varied menus. This platform will act as a launch pad for the Chefs Delight Coastal Region program which follows in the footsteps of the Nairobi launch of the competition last week.
Mr. Mansoor Jiwani, the CEO and founder of International Quality Awards Ltd., the organizers of the Chefs Delight Awards, introduced two new elements to the second edition of the competition, another awards program run side-by-side, complementing the Chefs Delight culinary awards program. This will be the Bar & Mixology Awards 2015. This time customers will use the Chefs Delight Mobile App on their smart phones providing their true opinion of their experiences and grading the various participating nominated restaurants and bars. Mansoor further emphasized that the program was not only an awards program but more importantly a quality enhancing program to continually build on, enhance, improve, retain, and maintain the “quality of experiences” and “quality of service” offered to Kenya’s local, regional, and international visitors to the many acclaimed restaurants across the country.
In attendance was Ms. Anna Othoro from the Nairobi City County who endorsed the program as well as confirmed its support and emphasized the initiative to be in line with the county’s vision of seeing Nairobi become one of the top cosmopolitan cities in Africa. She said that the program will see standards being raised from many of the restaurants and bars as they compete to provide excellent culinary experiences and service to their customers. She recognized some of the restaurants that have been in Nairobi for many years providing unique experience, among them the Carnivore Restaurant.
This year’s major sponsors included Alpha Fine Foods & Al’s Kitchen, Bidco, and Daawat, among others, all of which were well represented at the launch by their top executives. The sponsors unveiled the program together with t he Kenya Tourism Board and Nairobi City County.
The launch event was attended by over 500 invited guests, a number not seen before for this event, and also brought together Nairobi’s 25 top restaurants and chef teams plus the capital’s top 6 cocktail lounges/bars and mixologists from major hotel chains and individual food and beverage establishments, showcasing their top signature dishes and cocktails.
The program will run from October to January and will culminate into a gala awards ceremony awarding restaurants, cocktail lounges, and their teams as voted by their own customer to be the best in their categories.