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May 2017, Issue"Smile My Favourite Ingredient - Chef Sanjeev Kapoor"

Sanjeev KapoorPadma Shri Awardee Chef SK Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.

October 2017, Issue"Kitchen is a Food Theatre to Keep People Happy"

Chef Ravinder Singh PanwarExecutive Chef Courtyard Marriott, Bhopal

Latest News

25 June 2018 Vikhroli Cucina to host The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave

Godrej Group’s flagship property - Vikhroli Cucina to host the inaugural chapter of The Culinary Chroniclers Conclave on 30 June 2018, between 9:00 am and 7:30 pm, at the Auditorium, Godrej One, Vikhroli, Mumbai. The conclave aims to bridge the many streams dedicated to the art and craft of documenting and chronicling food. The conclave is conceived and designed by Food writer, gastronome and consultant Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal.

The Conclave, in its first edition, will focus on the streams of art, literature, photography and media production. It will include a spectrum of offerings such as keynotes, discussions, lectures and masterclasses by well-known experts in these fields. Distinguished peers such as Ankiet Gulabani, Antoine Lewis, Vikram Doctor, Marryam H Reshii, Dr. Mohsina Mukadam, Ruchi Shrivastava, Saee Koranne-Khandekar, Saba Gaziyani, Sourish Bhattacharya, Chef Varun Inamdar, and Vir Sanghvi will share their perspectives on the past, present and future of chronicling food. The Conclave will also host unique exhibits and installations, including a Chocolate installation by Zeba Kohli to serve as creative inspirations.

Speaking about the conclave Rushina said “Food has always played an important role in all our lives. And there have always been people, who have taken it upon themselves to record the diverse facets of food consumption, using whatever mediums are available to them at the time. Their chronicles about what their people eat, when they eat, how they eat, and where they eat, become important windows to understanding their cultures, and sometimes through that, to our very own. I conceived the Culinary Chroniclers Conclave as a common platform for all our modern chroniclers from various disciplines to connect with one another, share divergent perspectives and hopefully weave a wonderful new narrative around food. Personally, I can’t wait to see them all of them under one roof.”

Delighted to host this event, Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head – Corporate Brand and Communications, Godrej Group said “Vikhroli Cucina is an initiative by Godrej to create an ecosystem where key influencers in the food space engage with each other, cross-pollinate ideas and discuss trends for the betterment of the industry. This platform brings together Chefs, Food bloggers, Culinary Experts, and brands in the food space.

31 May 2018 HPMF Launching its Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh Chapter & Restructured Steering Committee in North Zone

Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) during a meeting approved the launch of HPMF Sri Lanka Chapter on 4th July at Colombo during the International Housekeepers' Summit (IHS). It was also decided to launch the Nepal and Bangladesh Chapters in the coming months.

HPMF North Zone has been picking up pace with several activities last year which included tie up with THSC, CII, FITEX, Messe Frankfurt, India Food Show and the superlative launch of UDAAN at The Oberoi New Delhi created history in minds of every participant. With the view of larger objective of being global and most aspired forum HPMF has restructured the steering committee in northern region which will bring in more energy. The new team consists of the following professionals from the hospitality industry:-
Sanjay Verghese - President (The Imperial)
Arvind Mathur - Vice President (Radisson India)
Priya Malhotra - General Secretary (Wizcraft)
Amit Aggarwal - Joint Secretary (Radisson Greater Noida)
Tarun Chaturvedi - Joint Secretary (Fraser Suites)

Team of office bearers consists of Anshuman Singh, Umashankar, Suneel Dutt Kothari, Ashwani Goyal and Sanjay Wattal. The media & PR head is Amitabh Srivastava while the membership enrolment head is Basil Massey.

Mentors are Shiv Menon, Kaushik Jhingan, Jairaj Singh, Sanjay Goyal and Madhu Chandhok,

It was also decided that the HPMF Advisory Board will also go through restructuring to induct renowned industry experts, new faces, young professionals from diversified functions or industry and few names proposed are Aman Nath, Rahul Pandit, Pankaj Mehta, Marcel Parker and Sonali Sinha. The inclusion of the likes of above will bring in experience of varied professionals from different fields.

Meeting ended with resound commitment to take HPMF to next level.

20 February 2018 HPMF Middle East Chapter Launched in Dubai

Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) marked its first ever global entry by launching the Middle East chapter in Dubai. The entire delegation of over 55 hospitality professionals from across Middle East, along with dignitaries, gathered at the launch ceremony. Response was really overwhelming from all the participants.

The event was presided over by Mohan Deshpande, Chairman HPMF. The guest of honour were Shaikh Ahmed Al Habbai - Chairman of Al Habbai International, Thomas Payne – Director US High bush Blueberry Council, Juan Esteban Sanchez – Director Procolombia and Dinesh Shinde – MD Anusaya Fresh Fruits and Veg LLC along with other dignitaries.

Mohan Deshpande welcomed all delegates and thanked them for believing in the HPMF’s core objective of Development of Hospitality Procurement Professionals and importance of networking and collaboration. Purchasing Managers are an integral part of the industry and they need to understand & showcase their own value, he added.

Nitin Nagrale, Founder & General Secretary took the audience through the journey of HPMF. He made a presentation on HPMF and highlighting the importance of purchasing managers, who are more a background artist. Nagrale said, Purchasing is an integral part of any organization and forming a forum like HPMF was more of need than desire. The Forum aims in bringing the world closer by networking and collaborating.

Sanjay Goyal, Vice Chairman HPMF said, our Network is our Networth and every Purchase Manager must consider that as the biggest tool for success.

The need for HPMF is in bringing together the purchase heads of hotels on one platform to network, explore new ways of working and knowledge sharing from technology and innovation standpoint. We are excited to launch the HPMF Middle East Chapter in Dubai, said Bhanu Pratap Singh, President of Middle East Chapter.

HPMF Middle East Chapter Council Members

President - Bhanu Pratap Singh (Atlantis Hotel, Dubai)

Vice President - Zahid Aslam (Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi)

Members – Sekar Selvaraj (Sekars Hospitality), Vinod Dermal (Hyatt), Ram Kishore Yadav (Oberoi), Ventakesh (Taj), Devendra Tiwari (Gossip), Rajeev (Atlantis), Chandrashekhar (Dukes Palm).

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Editor's desk

Ekta Bhargava(Managing Editor)

Dear Readers,


We Indians are always ready to express our feeling of love. We demonstrate our feelings through affectionate greetings, warm hugs, simple but touching words of appreciation and above all making and serving delicious meals, snacks, sweets keeping in the mind the taste of the persons for whom the feast is prepared. Hospitality for India and Indians is nothing but an outlet for saying “I love you” or “We love you” with a smile.

Our cover story in this issue appropriately revolves round an icon of the hospitality industry Padam Shri chef Sanjeev Kapoor - who loves his profession and has earned his legendary status not just by his expertise, vast knowledge and varied experience in the industry but equally by the genuine love and cheerfulness he radiates when he interacts with his huge following of food lovers who watch his television shows and read his books. No wonder he says – “My favourite ingredient in my cooking is a Smile”. How many chefs can say this as spontaneously as he does?

The issue is also rich with the revelations coming from chef Ravinder Singh Panwar who has has had a range of experiences. We also have chef Gaurav Chawla who has good advice to give to budding chefs. And don't miss the wealth of knowledge imparted by B.P. Sahani, Principal - Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management, the dream institute for students of hotel management.

That's not all. There are special informative articles packed into this issue which I hope will satisfy readers and provide the impetus for a career in the food industry and the hospitality industry.

Now read on with a SMILE as recommended by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Until we meet again with our next issue, happy reading.

Ekta Bhargava
Managing Editor

Contest 2K181 May 2018 - 31 May 2018

Better Kitchen invites recipes from Home-Makers for contest. This contest is open to all the Home-Makers from the country. The selected recipes will be featured in Better Kitchen website and winner will get a chance to meet celebrity chef and interact with him/her about the recipe.

The celebrity chef will modify the recipe and give a new twist in the recipe. The modified recipe will also be featured in the Better Kitchen website.

Please submit your entry on or before 31 March, 2017


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