A Successful Initiative to Inspire, Motivate & Mentor Hospitality Management Students all over India.
Known for his exemplary creative ideas, visionary ways, means & methodologies Celebrity Master Chef Dr. Kaviraj Khialani, winner of several national awards & global recognitions, a well-known name in the world of hospitality education & a successful name in the Food & Hospitality Industry, based in Mumbai ventured into a very unique and different approach towards reaching out to students pursuing certificate/ diploma/ degree courses in hotel management- tourism studies, culinary arts at under-graduate, post graduate and even mba level at various colleges and universities across India.
“The reason I thought of doing this was to be able to make a connect, communicate & coordinate the vision of lacs of students who aim to be finding the right career path in the hospitality industry, want to become successful chefs, general managers, food & beverage managers, bartenders/sommeliers, housekeeping managers, sales & marketing professionals, aviation professionals and more”
Having completed 22 plus successful years in the hospitality & food industry with quality experience with five star hotels, international airlines, education sector, consultancy, television shows, print and digital media and much more it felt like giving back more towards the budding talent of our country by reaching out, speaking out and carrying out a very different kind of drive through various states, cities across India being able to share my thoughts and success story which could leave a little token of learning for so many who wish to see themselves rise in the future.
This was purely an independent ideology, my own thought process and initiative which came as a ray of an idea and sparked up a vision to give it a try and by word of mouth and connectivity started spreading across the country to various hotel management colleges & universities, training centers in the form of special online educational webinar sessions for the students, faculties, management of the institutions & even fellow associates from the industry.
I started this nobel initiative on 26th January 2021 being Republic Day of India with a well-known hotel management college in West Bengal who invited me for their online republic day celebration’s as a chief guest of honor with a great presentation by the students and staff followed by a webinar session from my side for the students, it was my first and it rocked! The kind of response I received was tremendous, huge number of students, loads of questions, doubts clarified, career focus plans, goals, aims discussed, it gave me a feeling of satisfaction & today being 15th August- Independence Day, is where I thought of sharing this news with all our readers.
And that’s how it started, one by one the connects happened, online compliments on the sessions created more interest levels in other institutions as well to come ahead, coordinate and schedule a suitable time, date, day for a webinar for their students as well. It got more and more exciting day by day, week by week, month by month and in these last 7 months plus I have completed over 30 plus such national level webinar sessions with colleges all the way from Shimla, Shahpur, Mohali, Punjab, Chandigarh, in the North, to Hyderabad in South, Bangalore, Noida, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Odisha-Bhubaneshwar, Mizoram, Gujarat, Surat to name a few. The sessions have been highly appreciated & reciprocated by the students, faculties and the management of these institutions and has brought back loads of compliments and positive feedback in the reviews and end of session notes.
The sessions conducted have had several different topics and covered all subjects and operational departments under hospitality, culinary, aviation and tourism studies, from core competencies, values & ethics, importance of focus and goals in life, how does one be a successful name? hospitality and its futuristic approach, Covid cuisine and its implications, holistic cooking trends, patterns, menu planning concepts, importance of personality, patience and passion in our industry, innovation in culinary arts, being a star achiever and working on milestones- being different!, hospitality- the way forward, how does one enjoy the journey in hospitality with vows and values in place etc, hotels vs airlines- which one & why? And many more…
There is a lot more to do and offer towards our student community across the country and this is just the beginning! With many more initiatives and plans in the pipeline Chef Kaviraj is sure to make a significant change in the quality of professionals entering the food and hospitality industry in the days & years to come.
“It is all in the mind, and if one is kind enough to spare sometime motivating even a few students per day it is like truly spreading a ray of light which can help them make their careers bright”- added Chef Kaviraj during his conversation on this topic.
Maha Voice News extends our best wishes & congratulates Dr. Kaviraj for this task well done and we look forward to his upcoming endeavours.