The Hospitality Convention 2017

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 varma

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.IMG_4183

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

mandeep lamba

Suhma Gaikwad – Co-Founder and Director of Ice Global was felicitated By Jaspreet Khanna

Sushma gaikwad


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

Arth, Khar



Melvyn Pryer – Director at University College Birmingham

melvyn pyrer 1


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.

me in the crowd

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.”

So please share your views and personal experience in the comments.

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25 thoughts on “The Hospitality Convention 2017

  1. It was great opportunity for hospitality students to show their skills and go ahead, I’m one of them, I participated in the quick and healthy cooking contest, I lose but I learn more important things which I never face.
    It was a first time in my life, I face huge amount of crowd of people in front of me, they cheer up for me and my team Mets, I personally thanks to #The hospitality convention 2017 & my college faculty members who trust me and give a chance to represent Appejay Institute of hospitality.
    It was great experience for me, I never forget the first live performance of my life. Thanks #THC2017

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  2. It just a great experience to me. Towards the industry. I enjoyed the competition. With my team I won the competition. It’ll support like a backbone for my career 😊. Thank you so much jasminder sir to giving such a great opportunity.

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  3. That is such a cool conference and a great way to stay abreast with the latest in the hospitality industry. This industry is one of the biggest job providers for any country. Hence, it is important that those who are working in or are interested to work in this industry are updated with the latest trends.


  4. I just love attending conventions like this that inspires people to do more and be better individuals. Looks like you have learned a lot by attending this 🙂


  5. Sounds like a great convention with excellent advice, especially for students. My daughter want s to be an event planner. Many of the tips mentioned are things she has studied in her hospitality classes at school.


  6. Interesting event, and what kind of people came together. I studied psychology and while we had guest lectures from some of my subject related idols, still we never really got the opportunity of a big exchange with some local or national market leaders. While also, from a learning perspective, it makes a lot more sense to combine theory and practical learning – will be memorized way better 🙂


    • The speakers were successful celebrity chefs hoteliers and entrepreneurs from the hospitality industry. It’s more of a motivational and learning experience. helping students make better choices.


  7. it seems a great event for students to learn from the industry experts. we should organize more of this kind of event to motivate our new breed.


  8. I am attending this Convention from last three years it’s really amazing convention which is conducting by #THC team they are organizing this Convention for budding Hoteliers very nicely. As student we are big thankful of whole #THC team for organizing great Convention for us. Because #THC we are getting positive vibes from legendary speakers from last three years and they are making us more strong to survive in this industry as well as making our first strong step towards successive career and future. Once again big thankful of team #THC and sir Jaminder.


  9. Hospitality conventions are nice especially when you already work in hospitality. It is great to get that much knowledge in one room and be able to learn from the industry greats. Hospitality can be very rewarding but it for sure is not a 9-5 job. I love what i do and I like the challenge I get everyday.


  10. Oh wow, so many masterchefs under one roof, how delicious :). I seriously envy you for being so lucky to meet all of them. I’m a huge of Kunal Kapoor and Vicky Ratnani, must have been such a delight to meet them personally. Thanks for sharing about this amazing event.


  11. Oh wow, so many masterchefs under one roof, how delicious :)! I seriously envy you for being so lucky to meet all of them. I’m a huge of Kunal Kapoor and Vicky Ratnani, must have been such a delight to meet them personally. Thanks for sharing about this amazing event.


  12. Thanks for sharing this event, loved this and the Maya Angelou quote at the end: “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.”


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