IIHM and IHC Celebrate International Hospitality Day globally on the Online Platform To Uplift the Spirit of Hospitality

Date: May 04, 2021

Hospitality stalwarts and professionals from across the world joined in on the virtual platform to celebrate the 6th International Hospitality Day recently. Celebrations started in advance in various parts of the world. Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute celebrated International Hospitality Day a day in advance. Augustinian University Columbia, celebrated IHD by sharing their rich culinary heritage with IIHM. This showed how the spirit of hospitality is upheld in every part of the world.  In view of the ongoing pandemic, IHC and IIHM celebrations had to be restricted to the online platform. However, there was no dearth of enthusiasm as everyone joined in from across the world to experience the celebration. 

The International Hospitality Day celebration kickstarted with a global celebration where international members of the International Hospitality Council were present. Prof. David Foskett, MBE, Chairman, International Hospitality Council (IHC) opened the global celebration with an inspirational address to all those associated with the Hospitality industry.  “The hospitality industry is vital to the world economy. Despite the troubles of the world, there is no lockdown on friendship and hospitality. It is a wonderful industry that will surely bounce back better once it opens up completely. It provides key skills and opportunities to young people. IIHM is an institution that leads in world initiatives like IT in the hospitality industry, creating opportunities and bringing people together.  IIHM is a fantastic institution that has done so much to connect the World.” Adding a note of positivity and passion, Dr Suborno Bose, CEO and Convenor, International Hospitality Council and CEO and Chairman, IIHM, said, “Hospitality is very close to our heart. We live and die for hospitality On International Hospitality Day, the entire hospitality fraternity has come forward to stand next to each other and support each other. We dedicate this International Hospitality Day to all the brave hearts of this industry, who, despite difficult times have tried to put a smile on people’s faces.”

Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO, Indian Hotels Company, was Guest of Honour at the event. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate International Hospitality Day bringing in 50 different countries from different time zones on a single platform which has been made possible by IHC and IIHM. Hospitality has shown resilience, patience and compassion through the past year,” said Chhatwal. 

Padma Shri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor was also present and said, “Celebration is a feeling that comes from within and today the world has come together on International Hospitality Day to celebrate Hospitality. Congratulations to IIHM for instituting the International Hospitality Council and establishing International Hospitality Day on 24th April. Hospitality industry has shown a lot of compassion in this pandemic period and has redefined its meaning. IHD has brought the world together to celebrate this compassion and hard work of individuals in this field.”

Eminent personalities related to the global and Indian hospitality industries attended the online celebrations on International Hospitality Day. Michelin star chef Chris Galvin, Chef Patron, Galvin Restaurants, Chef Karl Guggenmos, Dean of Culinary Development, Johnson and Wales University, USA, Chef Garth Stroebel and Chef Shaun Leonard from BHMS, Switzerland were among the attendees at the virtual event. Anita Mendiratta, Global Advisor and Author, Tourism and Development, Special advisor to Secretary General, UNWTO, said in her address, “I congratulate IIHM, IHC and Dr Suborno Bose and everyone for keeping the spirit of hospitality alive. The Hospitality industry is invaluable to the world and there are essentially five pillars that will bring this industry back on its feet. First of all is our commitment to the industry that we love. Second is maintaining confidence that the industry will definitely come back after this brief setback. We all know that travelling is not just a physical journey but a mental journey as well and that is where hospitality plays a key role. Third is communication. There is a need to connect with people to make sure no one is alone. Fourth is compassion which so many people in this industry are showing through this pandemic, braving the virus to take care of people. The final one is connection. Connecting hospitality to other industries will help build the new future of this industry.” 

The Global celebration was marked by the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to several deserving persons from the Hospitality industry. The Lifetime Achievement Awards went to:

  • Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited

  • Patu Keswani, MD, Lemon Tree Hotels 

  • Dr Rupinder Singh Sodhi, MD, Amul India

  • HH Gaj Singh Ji of Marwar - President Heritage Association of India & MD Marudhar Hotel Board

  • Paul P John, Chairman and MD, John Distilleries Pvt Ltd

  • Rajeev Samant, Founder and CEO of Sula Vineyards

  • AD Singh, Founder and MD, Olive Group of Restaurants

  • Deepak Ohri, CEO, Lebua Hotels and Resorts

  • Ranju Alex, Market  Vice President, West India, Marriott International 

  • Visheshwar Raj Singh, VP and GM, The Oberoi

  • Veer Vijay Singh, CEO and MD, Trance Hotels 

Beside the Global celebrations, IHD was celebrated at every IIHM campus across India where deserving hoteliers in the region were presented with special awards for their achievements. IHC Entrepreneur of the Year were Kapil Chopra, Founder and CEO, The Post Card Hotel, Zorawar Kalra, Founder, Massive Restaurants and a few other stalwarts who graced the occasion to accept the awards.

The IHC Woman Achiever of the Year were given to Chef Manisha Bhasin, Corporate Chef, ITC Ltd, Hotel Division, Kanika Hasrat, Area Director, UP, Uttarakhand & MP Indian Hotel Company Ltd, Ms Sherry Padda, Executive Asst Manager, The Leela Palace, New Delhi, Ms Shraddha Sharma, CEO, Your Story Digital were the few awardees from the list for the IHC Women Achiever of The Year.

IHC Rising Star of The Year was given to Sachin Talwar, Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency, Lucknow, Shaiban Hasan, Executive Assistant Manager, West Goa, Ankit Nagori, Co-Founder, Cult and Eat Fit, Tarun Seth, Hyatt Regency, Chennai, Chef Vikas Singh, Executive Chef,  Hyatt Regency Kolkata were few of the awardees for the Rising Star 

IHC Hospitality with A Cause was Roseate Hotels and Resorts, Sachin Maheswary, GM, Grand Mercure, Bangalore, Sonam Kapse, Owner of Terrasinne (First restaurant run by Mute/deaf) were a few from the list awarded amongst a glitterati present on the virtual platform on the International Hospitality Day.

IIHM Connects 50 Countries, 24 Time Zones in Opening Ceremony of World’s Biggest International Young Chef Olympiad


Date: February 04, 2021

The 7th International IIHM Young Chef Olympiad commenced with a grand online Opening Ceremony recently. A truly new and altogether different experience, this Opening Ceremony managed to maintain the excitement, glamour and spirit of the Young Chef Olympiad even on the virtual platform. The World’s Biggest Virtual Culinary Battle for Hope, organised by the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) in association with the International Hospitality Council (IHC) London, attempts to convey the message of hope, positivity and unity across borders and nations. YCO 2021 is out to prove that no pandemic or lockdown is bigger than brotherhood and friendship among people of the world. Like previous years, this year too, 50 countries will be competing with each other to win the coveted title along with the glittering trophy and prize money of $10,000.

The YCO 2021 virtual webcast is completely being controlled from the IIHM Kolkata Global Campus in Salt Lake. This technically advanced and equipped campus has been made into the headquarter of the culinary heats this year with the entire technical team geared up and ready to support this massive event through a complex system of web connectivity through seven days. The Opening Ceremony kicked off from the YCO Global Studio at the Global Campus from where the YCO participants, mentors, judges, students and all well-wishers in 50 countries, across 24 time zones and six continents connected on the same platform at the same time.

The Opening Ceremony commenced with the introduction of the countries participating with their young chef and mentor representatives. In view of the pandemic situation across the world, the participation is much less as most countries that are still under the influence of the Covid-19 virus and are facing stringent lockdown measures, could not sent their representatives to the competition this year. 

However, the spirit is high and everyone is hopeful that YCO 2021 will be the guiding light for the entire hospitality industry across the world that has been severely affected by the lockdown. “We at IIHM and IHC are proud and delighted to bring back The Young Chef Olympiad even in these tough times. YCO is all about the spirit of positivity and bringing the young people of the world together and that is what YCO 2021 is going to focus on. This is how we can Bounce Back. YCO 2021 is the source of positivity and the guiding light for the hospitality industry to bounce back,” said Dr Suborno Bose, the CEO of the International Hospitality Council and Chairman of IIHM.  

We are separated by space and time, but we are connected together by YCO 2021. This is a global first in any category to organise something as huge as YCO on the online platform. YCO will always go on and nothing can stop it. I am awestruck by the scale of the competition and IIHM takes the lead to break barriers every year. The support of judges from all across the world. This is not just a competition, it is friendship that is created at YCO every year,” said Padma Shri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Principal Judge of YCO. 

YCO 2021 is the inspiration of hope for young people. It is the Bounce Back, an important landmark in the history of this planet particularly for hospitality. There is no lockdown in friendship, there is no lockdown in creativity, there is no lockdown in imagination or the YCO. We have overcome the evils of the pandemic and YCO 2021 is a marvellous effort by the entire team,” said Prof David Foskett, the Chairman of IHC and the Chairman of the Jury of YCO 2021.

The Opening Ceremony further showcased the unveiling of the winner’s trophy by Dr Suborno Bose and also unfurling of the Young Chef Olympiad flag. Against the backdrop of the YCO anthem, mentors and judges took the YCO oath on the online platform. This officially announced the opening of the 7th International IIHM Young Chef Olympiad that will be followed by six days of nail-biting competition.  

IIHM Organizes 6th International Young Chef Olympiad

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Date: Mar 30, 2020

The curtains came down on the 6th International Young Chef Olympiad, at a dazzling Closing Ceremony held at the Nicco Park’s, Wet-o-Wild, Kolkata. After a nail-biting contest through six days across five Indian cities – Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Goa and Kolkata, Malaysia’s Chen Khai Loong was crowned the winner of YCO 2020.  The Silver medal winner was Austin Cale Labago of Philippines while the Bronze winner was England’s Bethany Collings. The trophies were given away at the glittering prize distribution by Dr Suborno Bose, Chairman, YCO and International Hospitality Council, Professor David Foskett, Chairman of the International Hospitality Council and Padma Shri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, the Principal Judge and Chief Mentor of YCO, Chef Brian Turner, the President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, in the presence of the 18 esteemed judges of YCO 2020. The winners lifted their trophies amidst cheering, fanfare and some beautiful fireworks display, as the world watched the entire event broadcasted live through social media network. A special attraction for the gold winner this year was the Gold Toque. At the historic moment, Malaysia’s Chen Khai lifted the trophy and donned the gold crown as he bagged the prize cheque of USD 10,000.

Organised by the International Hospitality Council (IHC), London in association with the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), YCO 2020 was yet another grand successful edition of the world’s biggest culinary competition with participants from 50 countries fighting tooth and nail to win the coveted title. This united platform of young chefs was the perfect example of bonding, friendship and learning together. “More than a competition, YCO is now a global youth platform and launchpad for the culinary superstars of tomorrow,” said Dr Suborno Bose. Apart from the three winners, YCO 2020 had a long list of special category winners. The Plate Trophy round held between the participants ranked 11 to 20 in the competition, went to Dominic Muollo of New Zealand this year. The Best Dessert Dish in Round 1 went to Ieuan Jones from Wales while the Late Shakuntala Devi Gupta Award for Best Vegetarian Dish Creation in Round 2 went to Eunjeong Jeong of South Korea. 

Four Mentor Nominee Awards were given away at the YCO 2020. The winners were judged based on each of the mentor’s recommendations written about their respective participants. The awardees were Erik Shahbazyan of Armenia, Kethusegile of Botswana, Egon Euan Le Roux of South Africa and Obidiegwu Anuli of Nigeria. The IHC Best Young Chef Ambassador Awards was another category where participants had to write about themselves, their ambitions about becoming a chef and how they wish to further develop themselves. The four awards in this section went to Giorgia Ceccato of Italy, Samuel Farley of USA, Md Miraj  Mia of Bangladesh and Fatima Gomez of Mexico. Based on the hygiene and cleanliness maintained during competition, the participants were marked in the first two rounds. A winner was selected from each city round. Eunjeoung Jeoung from South Korea won the Best Hygienic Practice for the Delhi round, Micaela Da Costa from Portugal won for the Pune round, Savi Rajbahak from Nepal won the Goa round and Mihail Velkov from Switzerland won in the Bangalore round. The Rising Star awards for each city were Claudia Cebria Ros from Spain for Delhi round, Jonathan Larmie from Ghana for the Pune round, Savi Rajbahak from Nepal for the Goa round and Tarran O-Reilly from Ireland for the Bangalore round. The Kitchen Cut Award for best recipe nutritional analysis and costing presentation went to New Zealand and the entries were judged by Chef John Wood, the founder of Kitchen Cut.

YCO 2020 had the theme of Sustainability, embracing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In keeping with this theme a special presentation had to be given by the participating countries about Sustainability measures in their own country. Out of the 10 countries who made presentations at the David Foskett auditorium on IIHM Global Campus, Bhutan’s Sonam Subba was winner. He was awarded the Green Toque of Sustainability. 

YCO 2020 had a brilliant panel of esteemed judges from around the world. Led by Prof David Foskett (MBE), Chairman of the Jury, renowned chefs like Chef Brian Turner (CBE), celebrity TV chef and President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, was chief judge of the competition. Chef Andreas Muller, Programme Director (International Cuisine) at VTC, Hong Kong, was Deputy Chief Judge, Michelin-starred chefs Chris Galvin and John Wood, the Founder and Director of Kitchen Cut were senior judges of the competition among several other iconic culinary professionals from around the world. The Outstanding Contribution to International Culinary Arts Award went to Chef Brian Turner. Outstanding Contribution to Industry went to Chef Andrew Bennett, Chef Apprenticeship Award went to Chef Stuart Littlejohn, Outstanding Contribution to Culinary Arts was for Chef Henri Brosi, the Award for Dedication to Training and Competition Work went to Chef Stefan Hogan while Outstanding Contribution to Culinary Education went to Chef Andreas Muller

Beside the competition, the participants from 50 countries along with their mentors and the judges took part in various Food Aid activities, supporting IIHM’s initiative to support the UN’s Sustainable Goal Number 2 of Zero Hunger. They visited shelters and homes in the Indian cities where they met the boarders and distributed food among them. In Delhi, they visited SPYM Juvenile De-addiction Centre, in Bangalore the mentors and participants visited Shumangali Seva Ashram while the judges went to Cheshire Homes. In Kolkata, the judges visited the renowned and respected Missionaries of Charity to pay homage to Mother Teresa and see the huge social work that happens through this organisation.