The idea is to trace the history of the role of a chef. From a primarily back-of-the-house department and profile, Chefs in recent years have come to the forefront of restaurant business. There was a time when they rarely met guests face to face, concentrating on their craft. They were talented and gifted but rarely became more famous than the restaurants they promoted.
Today most successful chefs are media-savvy, they are the brand ambassadors of their particular restaurants, they attend glitzy P R events and sell restaurants with their charisma and candour. How this transition has come about and how today’s chefs cope with the added onus of marketing restaurants apart from the already very tough job of managing a high-standard enterprise? Also from primarily five-star hotel endorsed restaurants, today the accent is on innovative and niche stand-alone restaurants.
To essay this shift, School of Hospitality has invited two chefs who define this new-age version of chefs. They are smart, they are creative and know how to talk about their craft.
Chef Nishant Choubey, Executive Chef, Dusit Devarana, New Delhi
Chef Anahita Dhondy, Chef Manager, Soda Bottle Openerwala.
Alongside ‘World Chef Day’ we will also be celebrating ‘International Bread Day’ on 20th Oct 2015. A spectacular display of almost 50 breads from different countries will showcase breads baked by our students. This is an open house for all schools from 11 am onwards on 20th Oct 2015, in the corridor outside B 007, wherein students and faculty can come and sample the large variety of breads. Do not miss this opportunity to witness a large variety of fascinating breads and do break some bread with your friends!
At 11.30 am in B 007, there will be a panel discussion and chat show with two of our guest chefs:
Chef Nishant Choubey, the Executive Chef of Dusit Devarana will be at our campus to celebrate World Chef Day on 20th Oct 2015 with School of Hospitality students. Graduated from IHM, Bhopal in the year 1996-1999, Chef Nishant Choubey later went on to study Food Hygiene for a year & 6 months, from the University of London. Worked at many prestigious and coveted Hotels such as Taj Group, Oberoi Group, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (Dubai) and then into restaurants like Olive Bar & Kitchen, LAP (Arjun Rampal), Olive Beach, Cibo (RohitBal) & now heading Dusit Devarana culinary journey.
Anahita Dhondy is the ‘Chef Manager’ of the iconic Parsi restaurant Soda Bottle Opener Wala. She is a person who’s always thought about food, about cooking, innovating and creating and constantly teaching and talking about food.
A Food Geek who believes “The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star”
She believes that at the end of the day for a chef, each new dish prepared provides happiness to the person who eats it and a great deal of self-satisfaction and pride. Anahita did her BA. (Hons) in Culinary Arts from IHM, Aurangabad. She was the gold medallist of her batch 2008 – 2012. She then went on to do Le Grande Diplome, Culinary Arts, from Le Cordon Bleu, London in 2013. This included one year of intensive pastry and cuisine classes at the best chef school in the world!
Anahita won many debutant awards as the most promising chef in recent times. She is vibrant, articulate, smart and truly talented, she embodies the all new avatar of media savvy and entrepreneurial chefs in India.
All are welcome to join the chef for an interesting discussion and chat show on ‘Changing Profile of Chefs over the Decades’