The Hospitality Convention 2017 was held in Mumbai on 12th august at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra with full house attendance. This was one place where actually students didn’t bunk and had arrived more than the expected.
It is a platform where the students get a good insight of how the hospitality industry functions and what is the next step ahead after graduation. I feel this enables them to make an informed choice rather than keep wondering “ What to do and what not do? ” And what could be better than, having the opportunity to hear it from the biggest and successful names of the hospitality industry.
The event was inaugurated by Chief guest Abhishek Verma Television actor from the popular TV Series Yeh Hai Mohabbatein aired on Star Plus Channel.
Abhishek Verma lighting the Lamp
Abhishek shared that he loves his food being a true Punjabi he loves and cooks Gobi aloo (cauliflower and potato veggie) and rajma chawal (kidney beans curry and rice). His inspiration is his mom and he wants to do something special for her as gratitude for all she has done to support his dreams.
The speakers at the event were the most popular and successful names from the food , travel and tourism and event industry.
Chef Kainaz Messman- Founder at Theobroma was felicitated by Jaspreet Khanna
Mandeep Lamba – Managing Director at JLL India
Suhma Gaikwad – Co-Founder and Director of Ice Global was felicitated By Jaspreet Khanna
Pankaj Kamble – Guinness World Record Holder and Director at Flair-o-Logy- Bar School for Flair Bartending & Mixology
Amninder Sandhu- National Award Winner and Best Lady Chef of India.
Masala Bay, Taj Lands End, Mumbai.
A bar called life, Juhu
Melvyn Pryer – Director at University College Birmingham
Zorawar Kalra – Founder and Managing director of Massive restaurants Pvt Ltd.
Farzi Cafe, Masala Bar, Masala library, Made in Punjab, Pa Pa Ya Ya Cafe, Mithai , Kode
Chef Kunal Kapur – Celebrity chef and Restaurateur
A valuable lesson that all the students must remember that behind all the glamour and fame there is a lot of hard work and it’s not as easy as it looks.
During a one-to-one session Mr Zorawar Kalra mentioned that he wanted to give the students a reality check .He quoted “That there is no industry more rewarding than this, but there are also trials and tribulations. They will be entering an industry which is highly competitive and highly demanding. Once they choose this industry they must consider it like a lifestyle choice and not like a job, not like a career. It’s not like a 9 to 5 job. It’s, the most demanding industry and one of the most stressful jobs in the world”.
Kainaz Messman also shared a valuable advice which is to “Promise less and deliver more”. And to be prepared to work hard if you want to work for yourself. She also shared that her family has been instrumental in the success of Theobroma.
But then the event was not all about giving gyaan (imparting knowledge), there were fun activities like the Rope game by Sushma Gaikwad , She also shared about her experience and journey in the event management industry. Live flair-o-logy conducted by Pankaj Kamble and Cooking contest for students judged by Chef Kunal Kapur. The event was also graced by many more Celebrity chefs, Hoteliers, Entrepreneurs and professors from various universities.
Rakhee Vaswani owner of the Palate Culinary Studio and the face of popular TV show ‘Rewind with Rakhee’ on Living Foodz channel
Vicky Ratnani from the popular Cookery show “Vicky Goes Veg” and “Vickypedia”
So to sum it up the take home was that you can dream as big as you want, but with it comes a lot of hard work and struggle to reach you goal. And quitting is not an option, one must possess and develop grit and perseverance to work each day harder and harder to climb the ladder towards their goal.
And I would like to sum it up with this quote by “MAYA ANGELOU” which stands true for the hospitality industry.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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