26 Oct 2022
Chef.Virender Singh Datta, a veteran in the hospitality and culinary industry for over 50 years, was honored with the Life Time Achievement Award for his contributions to the culinary fraternity by the Indian Culinary Forum at 19th Annual Chef’s Award at Hotel Pride Plaza, Aerocity, New Delhi.
Mr.Datta is the recipient of the prestigious trophy in recognition of his sterling work in the culinary industry. The award assumes greater significance since it comes from a body of chefs actively associated with the industry.
Ahead of International Chef’s Day, Indian Culinary Forum honored 17 chef’s in several categories including the life time achievement award, golden chef of the year, master chef of the year and student chef of the year.
The moment became grander and happier to IICA family as Mr.Datta’s protégé Ms.Rdhika Goel [IICA Student] was honored with Student Chef of the Year 2022.Among those present at the ceremony were Mr.K.B.Kachru, Chef Davinder Kumar,president of the Indian Culinary Forum, Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, and secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Arvind Singh.
Mr. Datta started his career in the hospitality industry where he held very senior positions—including President (Founder), Fortune Park Hotels (by ITC Welcome group Hotels, a 2nd-level hotel chain promoted by ITC Hotels) and finally, as Managing Director, Ansal Hotels Ltd. (owning company of Marriott Welcome Hotel, New Delhi), his last professional assignment—Datta founded International Institute of Culinary Arts, New Delhi, with the aim of creating professional chefs as an employment opportunity. It was the first institute to be awarded WACS certification and in the past 15 years, IICA, New Delhi has churned out over 2000 students, who now are gainfully employed in leading culinary establishments or their own set-up establishments.