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New Delhi [India], July 06: The Association of Hospitality Professionals (AHP), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in the hospitality industry, proudly announces the commencement of the 7th edition of the AHP Hospitality Challenge and Awards – 2024, centered around the theme of Sustainability. This eagerly awaited event aims to highlight the exceptional skills and creativity of young hospitality professionals while promoting sustainable practices within the industry. Running until July 25th, the event will see over 350 participants competing in 20 diverse categories, including a notable inclusion of 18 specially-abled professionals, reflecting the event’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Furthermore, the inclusion of the specially–abled category will open up a myriad of opportunities for those we often undermine.

The AHP Hospitality Challenge 2024 kicked off with an array of competitions designed to assess the proficiency of participants across various operational sectors of the hotel industry. The opening day featured the Front Office Master Competition, where more than 25 professionals displayed their expertise at Radisson Blu Hotel, Paschim Vihar. Mr. G.P. Gautam, the Chief of the Jury for the Front Office Master Competition, commended the participants for their outstanding performances. Challenges included extempore on topics in closely associated with front office, allowing participants to showcase their spontaneity and communication skills.

Following the initial competitions, attention shifted to the three-day culinary segment, where over 125 chefs showcased their culinary talents across 11 categories. These included International Cuisine, Halwai (Indian sweets), Dressing a Cake, Regional Indian Cuisine, Kebabs, Sweet Sensation (Display), 45 Minutes Live Cooking, Biryani, International Confectionery, Ornamental Bread, and another 45 Minutes Live Cooking event. The competitions were divided into two categories: the student category, and the professional’s category, allowing everyone to compete and put forth their talent. During the three days, all attending were treated to a festival of flavours and aromas. The culinary contests were held at Banarsidas Chandiwala IHM in Delhi, judged by a prestigious panel of WACS-certified jury members, led by renowned Chef Sireesh Saxena.

Ms. Devipshita Gautam, General Secretary of the Association of Hospitality Professionals, expressed her enthusiasm for the event, highlighting the platform it provides for showcasing remarkable talent and promoting sustainable practices within the hospitality sector. “The AHP Hospitality Challenge is more than a competition; it’s a celebration of creativity, innovation, and sustainability. We are thrilled to see such a diverse and talented group of professionals coming together to inspire and learn from one another.”

The remaining competitions, including The War of Spirits and Art of Table Setting, will take place at Surya Hotel, New Delhi, while the Art of Bed Making and Art of Towel Folding will be held at The Park Hotel, New Delhi. The event will culminate on July 25th with the esteemed AHP Hospitality Excellence Awards 2024 at the Airforce Auditorium in New Delhi. This grand event will honor the winners for their outstanding achievements and will be attended by leading hoteliers, restaurateurs, renowned chefs, hospitality experts, and corporate executives, celebrating the pinnacle of industry excellence.

Mr. Vinod Gulati, President of the Association of Hospitality Professionals, emphasized the importance of sustainability in this year’s theme, noting that it reflects the industry’s growing commitment to environmental responsibility. “Our focus on sustainability this year is a testament to the industry’s dedication to environmental stewardship. By integrating sustainable practices into our competitions, we are not only showcasing talent but also promoting a crucial aspect of modern hospitality.”

The Association of Hospitality Professionals (AHP) is a non-profit registered organization established under the Society Act of 1860. Since its inception in 2010, AHP has been a pioneer in organizing hospitality events, competitions, and award functions, offering a platform to recognize and celebrate the outstanding talents in the hospitality industry.

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Education

Alumni Talk Session at JD Institute: Insights into the Fashion Industry

New Delhi (India), July 16: On May 11, 2024, JD Institute hosted an enlightening Alumni Talk Session titled “Know the Industry Through Your Alumni,” offering a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the fashion industry. The event took place from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Seminar Room of Hauz Khas Village, Delhi Campus, featuring four distinguished alumni: Shelja Rai, Sameer Singh, Chetna Popli, and Nilisha Regis. Each alum shared their remarkable stories of success and growth within the fashion industry.

Distinguished Alumni Speakers

Shelja Rai (PG Fashion Design 2020)

A proud PG Fashion Design batch 2020 alumna, Shelja Rai, is a Senior Fashion Associate at Reliance Ritu Kumar. With her expertise in crafting stunning ensembles at Reliance Ritu Kumar, she captivated the audience with insights into the importance of blending timeless beauty with modern trends. She talked about the versatility and creativity required in the fashion industry and openly shared her insights on navigating the placement process and overcoming interview obstacles. 

She debunked myths about retail roles in fashion, highlighting the importance of fashion expertise in customer-facing positions and emphasising the need for students to stay updated on the latest trends and technologies from a real-world perspective.

Sameer Singh (UG Fashion Design 2019)

Sameer Singh, a 2019 graduate of the UG Fashion Design programme, is a Junior Merchandiser at Asmara India, mastering fashion business strategies there. He took the stage, sharing his experiences navigating the fashion business. Sameer recounted his personal journey through the placement process, shedding light on the challenges and successes of his interviews before landing a position at Asmara India. 

With a keen understanding of market dynamics, Sameer provided valuable insights into the world of merchandising, emphasising the importance of staying adaptable and open to new ideas. He further highlighted the challenges and smooth transitions within the fashion business, offering students practical insights into what it takes to succeed in this competitive field.

Chetna Popli (PG Fashion Design 2021)

Chetna Popli, a dynamic designer at Just Billi by Rashmi Chhabra, brings fresh, daring styles to life. With her youthful energy and experimental charm, Chetna shared her journey from a merchandiser in a buying house to joining a prestigious designer brand. Her advice on career growth and the different responsibilities in various roles really connected with students who want to make it big in fashion.

Nilisha Regis (PG Fashion Design 2020)

Nilisha Regis, a 2020 graduate in PG Fashion Design, excels as a Production Executive at Shantanu and Nikhil, ensuring flawless execution of visionary designs. Having gained expertise from working with renowned designer Namrita Joshipura, Nilisha now excels alongside ace designers Shantanu and Nikhil, showcasing precision and finesse in creating fabric wonders. 

She delved into the intricacies of her role as a social media manager for renowned designers, shedding light on both its challenges and perks. Her presentation highlighted the importance of precision and finesse in the fashion industry, emphasising the need for attention to detail and dedication.

The session concluded with an interactive Q&A session, allowing students to engage directly with alumni. In hindsight, the event proved to be a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and networking, offering attendees a glimpse into the fashion industry’s inner workings.

JD Institute extends its heartfelt gratitude to the alumni for their invaluable contributions, making the talk session both engaging and insightful. Such events exemplify the institute’s dedication to providing holistic education and empowering the next generation of fashion leaders.

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