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Students of a hotel management institute preparing an exclusive dish during the contest in Vijayawada on Friday.
Students of a hotel management institute preparing an exclusive dish during the contest in Vijayawada on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Prepare new varieties of food and alcoholic beverages

VIJAYAWADA: Aromas of various kinds wafted through the air in the spacious kitchen as youngsters in groups busily spent time preparing ‘exclusive’ dishes. Clad in black uniforms with white aprons, they carefully mixed the required ingredients for the recipes while controlling the flame level.

The occasion was the ‘Budding Chef and Bartending Competition-2007,’ organised by the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management of Acharya Nagarjuna University in association with the Westin College of Hotel Management and Hotel Fortune Murali Park.

Students of four colleges – the city-based Westin and CMTES and Hyderabad-based Institute of Hotel Management and Regency College of Hotel Management - participated in the competitions aimed at inculcating competitive spirit among students.

“A chef can work anywhere, anytime. Our focus should be on the recipe and other issues can’t come into our mind while doing our job,” said Anil Rawath, a student of the Institute of Hotel Management, Hyderabad. Along with his friend Arpit, Rawath prepared ‘Selam Fish’ and a dessert simultaneously. It took 45 minutes for the duo to complete the job.

“We spent over 90 minutes to prepare a new chicken variety.

It came out well and we’re planning to give it a different name,” said Srinivas Naik and Durga Reddy of Westin College.

Ravi, a nutritionist from Talwalkar’s Fitness Centre, monitored the cookery skills of the participants and presented a report with his remarks. The students brought their dishes to Hotel Fortune Murali Park, where the judges were waiting to taste them all and give their judgment.

Dress code

The scene was quite different at the bar of Hotel Fortune Murali Park, where the students competed for the bartending competition. It was all about mixing and serving alcoholic drinks at a bar and the participants took extra care about their dress code and body language. They tried new combinations like pepper vodka and shown them to the judges.

Acharya Nagarjuna University Vice-Chancellor V. Balamohandas lauded the competitive spirit among students and distributed prizes to the winners of the competition. University College principal K. Durga Prasad and others were present.


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