KATHMANDU: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter organised the PATA Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Chefs’ Competition with the theme, ‘The Contemporary Nepali Cuisine: Embracing Local Ingredients, Limitless Creativity, Health and Sustainability’. The competition was held at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) in Rabibhawan, Kathmandu, on Saturday.
A distinguished panel of judges comprising MasterChef Santosh Shah, Chef Jiten Pradhan and Chef Dinesh Homagai evaluated the arts of food preparation, cooking, and presentation skills demonstrated by the students. The judges got impressed by the passion, preparedness and innovative thoughts expressed by the young students.
The top 10 students from five leading Hotel Management Member colleges — International School of Tourism and Hotel Management (IST), Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education (GATE), NATHM, Premier Hotel School (PHS), and Global College International (GCI) — of the PATA Nepal Chapter took part in the Chef’s Competition and introduced some authentic contemporary Nepali cuisines from diverse cultures and regions with innovative and professional hospitality touch.
Shrawan Rai and Reshma Shrestha from GATE were announced as the winner of the PATA YTP Chefs Competition, while NATHM students represented by Bijen Bidari and Prasun Kumar; and PHS represented by Rahul Dhamala and Sherya Kandangwa were declared as first and second runners-up respectively. On the occasion, MasterChef Shah and Chef Pradhan conducted a brief mentoring session for participating students.
Similarly, Ashma Kumari Thapa from NATHM won the PATA Content Writing Competition 2023, while Ashma Ale Magar from GCI; and Mukul Subedi from Mid-Valley International College (MVIC) became the first and second runners-up respectively.
During the welcome remarks, Khem Lakai, Treasurer of the PATA Nepal Chapter, stated that this initiative by PATA would contribute to the preparation of future chefs, as well as to the promotion of Nepal as a promising destination for culture and cuisine. He further added, “PATA’s priority for engagement with Young Tourism Professionals is also to build future leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry of Nepal.
Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) Director General Deepak Raj Joshi, Judge for the content writing competition, shared some basic guidelines and tips amongst participating students for content writing, announcing the theme ‘Rethinking Tourism’.
Binod Aryal, BHM Programme Coordinator, NATHM, appreciated the efforts by PATA in engaging YTPs and assured of NATHM’s continued support for such initiatives of engaging and empowering the youths saying that NATHM is committed towards excellence in human capital development.
Suresh Singh Budal, CEO of PATA Nepal Chapter, extended a vote of thanks to all participants, distinguished judges and guests, sponsors, NATHM (host) and its students, announcing the results of the competition.
PATA YTP Chef’s Competition is a part of PATA Youth Talent Quest (YTQ), which is an annual event by the PATA Nepal Chapter as a part of its engagement with YTPs that provides a platform for the students from PATA Nepal Chapter member colleges to compete and showcase their multifaceted talents, knowledge, and skills.