Officials of BPC and NHTTI cutting a cake to celebrate the International Chefs Day on October 20 at institute's premise – Photo: Monitor
Officials of BPC and NHTTI testing the food prepared by the institute's students to celebrate the occasion – Photo: Monitor
Dhaka: National Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation celebrated the International Chef Day on October 20 at the institute premise, organising a food tasting programme prepared by the students of the institute.
NHTTI has been celebrating the occasion since 2018 and this year the theme was “healthy food for the future” based on which the students prepared various nutritious food and beverage items that are essential to improve a person’s immunity which is now vital following the coronavirus pandemic.
The institute has also introduced a new course on the occasion – non-alcoholic beverage training – responding to the demand of today’s time to be in good health. This new course was inaugurated by the Chairman of BPC, Additional Secretary Ram Chandra Das, who attended the programme as the Chief Guest virtually.
Speaking on the occasion, BPC Chairman, said, “The current crisis has reminded us the value of healthy food which are rich in nutrition rather than taste. Such food can work as medicines. Therefore, it is high time we prioritised nutrition in our daily food consumption habits and culinary practices.”
Furthermore, the chairman claimed to facilitate the chefs of NHTTI to be a part of the World Chef Society and celebrate the occasion in a grander manner next year.
Akhlaqur Rahman, Principal of NHTTI was also present at the event virtually. In his speech, he mentioned NHTTI's continuous effort to produce world-class chefs, following which the institute extended the age limit of the students to facilitate all interested in the culinary arts.
Not to mention, food and culinary practices of a country plays a great role in tourism, branding the country to foreigners and attracting them to visit again and again. This was emphasised by the tourism industry elite Kazi Wahidul Alam, Editor of the premier travel publication The Bangladesh Monitor who joined the programme virtually too.
“Tourism and food go hand in hand. Whenever a tourist visits a country, he/she awaits to taste the food first. It is commendable how much BPC and NHTTI have been contributing to develop the culinary practices of Bangladesh. As a result, we now see foreign tourists loving our food,” he said.
However, there’s more to do, Wahidul Alam claimed. “Till now, we see foreigners appointed in the positions of head chefs at the country’s five-star hotels. Gradually, our chefs must occupy these places themselves.”
Among others, former cricket legend Raqibul Hasan and Joint Secretary Abdus Samad, Director, Planning, BPC, attended the event as well. They proposed to affiliate the cricketers with our culinary tourism to better brand it worldwide.
The programme was moderated by Jaheda Begum, Head of F&B Production, NHTTI and featured cultural performances too.