For a rich dining experience of world leaders, meals will be served to them on silver and gold-plated utensils. Take a look at the tableware and silverware designs that have been commissioned by top hotels.
India is all set to host the G20 Summit on September 9-10. With world leaders and foreign delegates converging at New Delhi, hotels are preparing to host the VVIPs in a truly special way. The Heads of State and other world leaders will be treated to a unique dining experience, with meals served on silver and gold-plated utensils, showcasing glimpses of India’s rich culture and heritage.
The company behind these exquisite utensils is sending them to 11 hotels, including the iconic ITC Taj.
Speaking to India Today, the owners of the crockery company, Rajeev, and his son, said that they have been crafting these utensils for three generations, and their mission is to offer foreign visitors a taste of India on their dining tables. These utensils bear the intricate artistry of Jaipur, Udaipur, Varanasi, and even Karnataka, reflecting the diverse cultural tapestry of India.
What sets these utensils apart is their “Make in India” theme, making them an embodiment of the country’s craftsmanship.
According to Iris Company, the crockery is being dispatched to 11 hotels for the G20 Summit, with rigorous security arrangements in place.
After being crafted, each piece undergoes thorough testing at the R&D lab. The design of these utensils is tailored to the specific requirements of each hotel, such as the ‘Maharaja Thali’ set, which includes separate silver boxes for salt and pepper, and 5-6 bowls, all designed to match the hotel’s menu and style.
These crockery sets not only serve as functional utensils, but also serve as a window to India’s rich heritage. The company has even incorporated the national bird, the peacock, into the design, which often garners appreciation from guests. In addition to the Maharaja Thali, designs from South India have also been incorporated into the collection.
Interestingly, different hotels have customised their crockery designs based on their unique menus, which is a meticulous and time-consuming process.
The company’s owner, Rajeev, recalls their previous association with former US President Barack Obama when he visited India. On that occasion, the same company had presented crockery sets for review, and Obama was so impressed that he took some of these utensils back with him.