In a unique concept students of Kohinoor International Management Institute (KIMI), who are pursuing their degree in hotel management course were allowed to run a restaurant of 4 Star Kohinoor hotel indepently. It is a 9 days food festival named as Roast and the Coast. The event is not just aimed as a food festival but an initiative to provide students independence from planning to execution before jumping into the competitive world.
The food festival was inaugurated with much fanfare by the doyen of Indian hospitality industry Grand Master Chef Satish Arora. The Roast and Coast food festival is open for public only for dinner from 17th to 25th February, only for dinner. The festival menu is priced at Rs. 999 plus taxes. The KIMI is located at Khandala in Maharashtra state.
Role of students in Food Festival
All participating students have decided the theme for fest, the Menu, decoration for restaurant etc. During the fest, hospitality is a sole responsibility of students- from cooking to serving, everything.
Theme – Roast and the Coast
As theme suggests, the menu is designed keeping in mind the coastal belts of India, from the east to the west. The students have planned menu with a lot of research to maintain authenticity. The USP of this event is that students have gone out of the way help of their grandparents and learned these authentic dishes from them. Eating out at this fest is like going to your grandma’s home. That too, many grandmas across country at the same time! The Roast items on the menu will be from both land and sea. It includes both veg and nonveg menu.
Chef Satish Arora after inaugurating the food festival took a round of restaurant, kitchen and bakery to know about role of students and check their enthusiasm. Chef Arora said “I am really impressed to see the enthusiasm of students to perform independently with confidence. Their faces were beaming and I could see the ability to learn the tricks of the trade to perfection, confidence, cleanliness and above all, a flair for food and the desire to experiment. I am really impressed with students”.
Mukund Kamat, Vice President – Hotels Division of Kohinoor group said “When Principal KIMI was discussing about the concept with me, and wanted to do presentation by students. I was impressed and told him to go ahead without seeing presentation, as it was a unique and different concept. The Kohinoor group is known for developing talents and we are ensuring students learn all basic nuances to advanced knowledge of hospitality trade. I am happy to see student’s role to make this festival a grand success and by this initiative they would certainly compete the World”.
Sanjeeb Pal, Principal of KIMI said “In our college we are ensuring that all our students have adequate knowledge to be a part of hotel industry. Besides internship training, we give free hands to our students to enhance their skill and knowledge. This initiative is a part of college strategy for our students as they should be ahead than others”.
About Chef Satish Arora
Satish Arora is an Indian culinary legend, a name synonymus in hospitality industry across the globe. He scaled new heights at the age of 26, when he was appointed as the youngest executive chef of Flagship Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai in 1970. After serving for 50 years with Taj Group, he finally hung up his apron on March 31, 2016. He is currently associated as Culinary Director with Mahec by Satish Arora, an Indian Fine Dine restaurant in Dubai’s Le Meridien hotel. He is also associated as a consultant with DSI foods which are well known in United Kingdom for airline, travel catering and retail catering which provides meals and meal components to finest distributors in the UK retail market.
Guinnes Book of World Records has issued a certificate to him for participating as hygiene director in creating World Record for Khichdi prepared by Padma Shri Awardee Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in 2017. He is lone chef in the World who has worked for single brand for 50 years at Taj Group of Hotels.
Dignitaries served by Chef Arora
Chef Arora has cooked for Heads of the States, Presidents, Prime Ministers and leading dignitaries of the World periodically. This brilliant chef has served the likes of late JRD Tata, late PM Indira Gandhi, late PM Rajiv Gandhi, late PM P V Narasimha Rao, Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, late British PM Margaret Thatcher, former US President Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix, Boxer Mohammed Ali, Astronaut Neil Armstrong and many more celebrities, at umpteen banquets in India and abroad, only to win accolades each time he returned. He also prepared meals for Queen Elizabeth and the entire Royalty for the President of India’s banquet in London, again in 1991; he cooked for Prince Charles’ banquet for Indian industrialists.
Awards and Accolades
Chef Arora is a winner of many prestigious awards that includes Gold medal in Culinary Olympics in Japan – 1987, declared one among the world’s 20 best chefs by a German Food Magazine in 1991. In 1994, his contribution to the culinary field was recognized through an award given by Late Padma Shri Awardee Thangam Philip. In 2005, he was named in the Hall of Fame by the Indian Federation of Culinary Association (IFCA) in 2007, recipient of lifetime achievement award from Curry Club India in London, a medal from Swiss Press Club, and the lifetime achievement award by Food Food Channel and Hotel Purchasing Manager’s Forum (HPMF) to name a few.
What: Roast and the Coast food fest by students
Where: Kohinoor Continental Hotel
Venue: Solitaire Restaurant
When: On going till February 25th, 2018
Timing: Dinner only
Price: Rs. 999 plus taxes for Buffet
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist