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Indian Summer Cooler Fest showcases mixology skills of CEDP students
Monday, 08 April, 2019, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Students from the hotel management course at CEDP Thane enthusiastically competed against each other to win the coveted title of master mixologist at the recently-concluded Indian Summer Cooler Fest.

The contest brought together the best of the student batches, who displayed their astute knowledge of ingredients (such as spices, herbs and fruits), and mixology techniques to create astounding mocktails that impressed the panel of judges present.  

The talent exhibited by the students floored the expert judging panel, comprising Cordon Bleu chef Michael Swamy; former Miss India Pooja Bimrah; food blogger Esha Shah, Opera Mrs India Global 2018 runner-up Pooja Ketan Naik, and MasterChef finalist Geeta Sridhar.

The Indian Summer Cooler Fest had about 180 students from CEDP participating in the preliminary round. Of these only 10 made it to the finals. The large number of participants also highlighted the fact that students who are aspiring to be a part of the hospitality sector look towards bartendering and mixology as a serious profession.

The event also had presence of important stakeholders from the F&B industry, who were happy to see the talent pool which is available to sustain the growth being experienced by the hospitality sector in the recent times.

CEDP Skill Institute’s Aditya Anil Mehta was adjudged as the best mixologist at the event for his creation, The Street. His creation will soon be a part of the regular menu across all restaurants of the Kamat Group.

Commenting on the occasion, Shaheen Khan, founder and chief executive officer, CEDP Skill Institute, said, “Having been in the skills training industry for close to a decade, we, at CEDP Skill Institute, have seen an exponential growth in the number of students opting for the hotel management course at our institute.”

“While most of the students have been successfully placed at various five-star hotels across the globe, we realised that there is a need to create a platform, which would enable our students to showcase their talent and skills to a broader audience. We are glad that through The Indian Summer Cooler Fest, we were able to celebrate our in-house talent and aid them in reaching out to larger number of audience,” she added.

Commenting on the opportunities present in the F&B sector, Vasim Shaikh, group chairman and managing director, CEDP Skill Institute, said, “The opportunity presented by the growing F&B industry has caught the eye of the aspiring young Indian entrepreneurs, who have started looking at the F&B industry as a go-to industry to realise his/her entrepreneurial dreams.”

“The same is being reflected with the number of cafes, QSRs (quick service restaurants), bars, home kitchens or fine-dining restaurants springing up around us every almost every alternate day, having a positive trickle-down effect on job creation within and outside the country,” he added.

“The stage is set for job seekers to acquire the required skills set and be a part of this booming hospitality sector. We, at CEDP, constantly look forward to providing skills training which are industry-relevant and make our students job-ready,” Shaikh said.
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