A slice of knowledge: WGSHA hosts Chefs Conclave 20192 min read
MANIPAL: Chefs Conclave 2019 was organised by the faculty and the students of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) at T M A Pai Halls on March 14 and 15.
The two-day long event saw a variety of chefs, beverage experts, food researchers and pâtissiers interacting with the students and giving them an insight into life in hospitality. On the first day, the talk was inaugurated by Chef Thomas Zacharias, an alumnus of WGSHA and the current Executive Chef at The Bombay Canteen, a premium restaurant in Mumbai. Just like Chef Zacharias, there were many other esteemed chefs like Chef Hussain, another alumnus of WGSHA, who is currently the executive chef at O Pedro, a restaurant that serves food inspired from the authentic Goan cuisine. The speakers talked about their experiences throughout their career, with a common love and passion for food in all the talks.
The variety of the speakers kept the talk lively and interesting while also engaging with the interests of every student present. Khozema Kutub, a third-year student from the Department of Culinary Arts, was highly impressed with the talk delivered by Dr Karush F Dalal, a food researcher who discussed regional tastes in depth. She expressed, “This conclave is the perfect chance to learn about more than just food, we can understand the lives and the practical struggles that one might face out there in the world. The information is also crucial in helping the juniors and freshers understand every field in depth and can make proper choices regarding their specialisation in the years to follow.”
The panel consisted of esteemed chefs including Chef Thiru, the Principal of WGSHA, and Chef Vasanthan as well. In regard to the event, Chef Vasanthan said, “We chose to get alumnus of WGSHA to make the talks relatable for all the students and help them.” The talks were not just limited to food, but also covered drinks and beverages with Ms Karina Aggarwal, founder of gigglewater411.com, who has multiple feathers in her cap including being the youngest one on the panel for International Wine Festival, by a gap of 10 years.
The event concluded with the talk of Chef Elizabeth. Dr Kurush and Chef Prateek Sadhu also delivered their talks and shared their valuable knowledge and experience, properly balancing the technicalities with the practical application of the industry.
The event was inaugurated with a welcome address and the presentation of the memo to the chief guest, Dr H. S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Featured Image Courtesy: Madhurya Saxena
Edited by: Nayanatara Jacob