First-hand experience at hospitality

First-hand experience at hospitality

Amid the hustle and bustle of the colourful Surajkund Mela, there was a group of students who came to the Mela not to enjoy the fun and frolic, but to prove their mettle. Working diligently in a stall, the nearly 50 students of Institute of Hotel Management, Faridabad are showcasing their culinary skills as part of their diploma course. 

The hotel management students of IHM have been actively engaged in preparing and marketing delicious food items like chilli chicken,chholey kulche, dal makhni, chicken biryani, rajma chawal,pulao, various kathi rolls, alu sabzi etc. Such practical activities not only enhance their skills but also boost their confidence. It was like their ‘crowning glory’ moment when these students satiated the gastronomic desire and palates of many a visitor at the Mela.

Anil Rustagi, Head of Department of the college spoke to Metrolife about the students and how they are handling such pressure at such young age. “We come here every year with a new lot as they are a part of the one-year diploma course. Coming here will give them an experience of bulk cooking and managing such a huge crowd.”

“This will test their physical and mental strength too and let them understand what the hospitality industry wants from them. This will be an exclusive kind of a training for these 20-year-olds. Such events which are quite unusual in a student’s life give them the ‘reality check’ and also give them an opportunity to introspect an rate themselves,” added Anil.

The students were given all the responsibilities, from managing the bills and money, from cooking to serving, from managing the raw materials to managing the orders placed by the visitors. It was a maddening situation for these youngsters but somehow they managed to do everything with ease.

A student from the college Ishan Chawla, who was in-charge of the aloo tikki counter, told Metrolife, “We are part of the ‘food and production’ course and have come here to gain this first hand experience.” On asking whether they are tense about this big event, he added, “Tension se kabhi kaam nahi hota hai is liye hum bhi tension free hoke kaam kar rahe hain. We are working as if we are working in our college practical classes. Only without stress and tension we can manage things easily.” The stall was amongst the many at the Mela which attracted a lot of food lovers as they were serving authentic Indian food. People were seen buying rajma chawal and kathi rolls from the stall set up and managed by the students.

Another faculty member, Surabhi Mitra, said, “The boys are working really hard and it shows that even boys are keen on cooking. All of them want to be a chef in future and aim to go abroad for further studies. After completing their diploma, they will be sent to various hotels for internships which will again give them the industry experience before they enter the competitive world.”

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