Thursday, 23 January 2014

Do you have it in you to become a good chef?

Culinary work takes a great deal of dedication, motivation, and passion. It also calls for a comfort with teamwork and openness to training. It is not just about knowing how to cook well or being a good cook. If you are able to answer the following questions you might be able to know if you have what it takes to become a good Chef:

·       Am I creative?

Creative chefs can create amazing meals that people want to enjoy. They work to create innovative recipes rather than copying the recipes from others. They are able to take ingredients and use them in a unique way.

·       Can I lead?
Solid chefs are those who can lead their staff and the restaurant even when they are not present. They teach and develop solid relationships within the organization. They are able to command respect and manage even the most hectic of rushes with a level head. This ultimately ensures the rest of the staff can follow suit.

·       Do I Have a Solid Sense of Taste and Smell?

A chef that cannot create great tasting meals will not last long. In order to do this, the chef needs to have a keen sense of taste and smell. This often means ensuring that the food’s composition is enjoyable for those consuming it.

·       Do I have good time management skills?

Just as important are effective time management skills. Without these skills, the individual may be unable to run a kitchen efficiency enough to have success. These professionals must be able to time food preparation so that the dish can come together effectively and all at the same time. This often includes meals for an entire group rather than just one or two.

·       Can I multi-task?
You will often be required to do many things at once, so be prepared. As you will learn, working in a kitchen is a fast-paced environment. It certainly helps if you can keep up! The profession also requires an ability to act with a clear head and in a decisive manner.
·       Am I good at making split-second decisions?
Thinking on your feet is a necessity when working in a kitchen, as there is always something going on around you. In order to be fully functional, you’ll need to be able to make decisions at the drop of a hat, and your decisions will have to be the right ones.
·       Do I handle criticism well?
As a chef, you will almost certainly encounter people who will not like your cooking and they will quite likely send their food back. It helps if you can take such criticism in stride. In this profession the old saying is definitely true: “The customer is always right.” Live by it.

·       How is my business sense?

To be a good chef, you must have a good grasp of the business dealings, especially if you someday plan to be an executive chef or run your own establishment. Some aspects you’ll need to know about: Dealing with shipments and stocking of food items, the management of other employees, and the direct correspondence with the head honcho or proprietor of the establishment.

·       Am I people person?

Many people think that being holed up in a kitchen all day doesn’t really require you to be in much contact with the public, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.As the chef, you will encounter many people during the course of your day. You will be talking to delivery personnel, other employees, and often customers who wish to speak to you either in a congratulatory or critical tone.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Benefits of doing Higher studies abroad after completing a Bachelor in HM from India

After completing a degree in hotel management in India, a student has a wide variety of opportunities to pursue a post graduate degree like MBA or Masters or aCulinary- Bakery specialisation course overseas other than just taking up a job in India. The reason being, even though the Indian hospitality industry is a booming industry the work culture, the pay and the long hours discourage young hoteliers. This is not so in the hospitality industry overseas.
The main advantage point one needs to remember about studying hotel management overseas is that:
  • ·         It is a booming, ever growing industry.
  • ·      After you have completed your course abroad through us you get a post study work option with most countries. 
  • ·         You can earn while you are studying and gain work experience in the hospitality industry
  • ·         Most countries Chefs are considered to be in the skill shortage and have greater work and settlement opportunities
  • ·         The education will give you a broader prospect to life and the hospitality industry and will increase your value in the job market
  • ·         The pay is good and much more than what you get in India and work culture is very good.
  • ·         Hands on experience will be gained as a part of the program (Internship).
  • ·         Jobs opportunities in various fields within the industry as well as outside the industry.
  • ·         It brings out the various talents from within an individual both business and artistic.
  • ·          You will have the opportunity to be in a multi-cultural environment and meet clients from different parts of the world as well as work with people from different backgrounds.
So if you have the taste for the good life, want to earn handsomely and be driving 4 wheels instead of 2 wheels within a month of starting a full time job, contact me for making this happen at

Thursday, 16 May 2013

What to do after I finish my Hotel Management Degree in India?

Graduating Hotel Management students are at cross roads when they come to their final year. Decision time – what should I be doing after I finish my HM Degree? Should I opt for F&B, for Front office, for Kitchen–Cookery or Bakery, for Housekeeping, for Sales etc? This is the crucial period of making the correct choice.

Generally during your industrial training you are able to make up your mind which area you want to specialize in. Some of you are fortunate enough to get good exposure in your choice of area, and hotel.

I am seeing a trend in which a few HM graduates are opting for Retail jobs. Ten years ago BPOs were the flavour of the month. Choice is yours – but remember if you joining Retail, BPO etc after your Hotel Management Degree/ Diploma it will be next to impossible to go back to the Hotel industry for jobs at a later stage. So think wisely and carefully. Whatever decision you make will impact your career growth.

Options for Hotel Management graduates is management trainees, supervisory trainees, Associates and direct jobs as Commis I/ II, F&B steward, F.O Assistant etc.

You also have the option to study a short – 1 to 2 years course abroad and then work abroad. By studying abroad you will be able to get a higher qualification and also a better job. Salary levels abroad are 3 to 10 times of what you will earn in India depending on which country you go to.

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Why study hotel management or culinary courses abroad?

Some of the students want to do better than the others and become high achievers in their chosen career and subsequently their life.  Every student wants the best & if they dream big, they look at higher education to enhance their skills & qualifications and what better than a quality education abroad!

Students can go abroad for studying courses in hotel management or Culinary Arts after completing Class 12 or after a Bachelor degree to do a Masters, MBA or specializations in Culinary Arts or Bakery & Pastry Arts.

By studying abroad you have the following positive and favorable points:

*        You get a globally recognized world class qualification.

*        You get better jobs with your overseas qualifications – employers respect your institution and its graduates.

*        You advance your skill base & knowledge with current trends & management skills, resulting in fast tracking your career.

*        You can work globally with an international education from developed countries.

*        You are more confident, self assured, disciplined and hard working after studying and living abroad independently.

*        You can work part time while you are studying aboard, which gives you international work experience, better communication skills and also help pay for a part of your education.

*        Your part time work experience looks good on your resume and employers love that – a big plus.

*        Some countries allow international students to stay back and work from anything between 1 year to  3 years on completion of their studies.  Some countries allow you to extend your work permit and even apply for Permanent residency later.  A big plus.

*        Even if you decide to leave your host country after 2-3 years of work experience you are a global hospitality specialist and can work successfully in many developed countries & cruise ships at management or chef level.  Your salaries will be higher and reflect your added international qualification.

I can think of only one unfavorable, negative point:

Overseas education is quite expensive. 

But hey! On the flip side, your investment pays off and you can recover your expense in 2 years time. And then the world is your market.

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