Kashmiri Food Festival – 2017

festivalIHA is organizing Kashmiri Food Festival on 22nd April, 2017.

Young Chefs Challenge – 2014

Young Chefs Challenge – 2014An excellent showcase of culinary art was presented in the “Young Chefs Challenge – 2014” organized by Association of Hospitality Professionals on 20th and 21st of January, 2014 at Indian Hotel Academy, New Delhi. The prime objective of the event was to provide a professional platform, where culinary professionals could display their skills, creative talent and share experiences in a competitive environment. The Association has been providing such platform to the hospitality professionals since 2010. The competition was inaugurated by Mr. Rajindera Kumar, the President of Executive Committee with the lamp lighting ceremony, in presence of Mr. G. P. Gautam (President, Indian Hotel Academy), Mrs. Devipshita Gautam (President, AHP Society) and the executive members of the association. The successfully organized competition witnessed excellent blend of art and talent demonstrated in the various categories like International Cuisine, Confectionary, Kitchen Artist, Kababs, and Indian Sweets. Thirty four Young chefs from renowned hotels like Radisson Blu, Courtyard Marriot, The Park, The Ashok, Country Inn and Suites, Sarovar Park Plaza, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Samrat and Old World Hospitality were among the participants.

Cooking was closely monitored by a very experienced panel of judges including Chef Sireesh Saxena (Ex-Vice President Hotels ITDC), Chef Vivek Saggar, An Accredited Judge of the World Association of Chefs Societies, and Chef Prem Ram, a member of world association of chefs Society. The jury member Chef Sireesh Saxena was over whelmed to see the skill, and dedication of the kitchen professionals. Chef Vivek Saggar said that such competitions would help in Growing interest in creative cooking and innovation among the young Indian chefs. Mr. Rajindera Kumar was very happy to see the enthusiasm of the young chefs, the fine piece of art and presentation. Mr. Kumar also appreciated Indian Hotel Academy for smoothly conducting the show in their institute.

The winner in each category will be awarded in a formal award function to be held in the month of February. Ms. Devipshita Gautam formally announced the date for the next Young Chef Challenge to be held on 21st January 2015. The forthcoming event “Young Bar Tenders Challenge – 2014” was also announced in the first week of June 2014. The event ended up with a vote of thanks by Chef Sireesh Saxena. He thanked all participants, The Executive chefs and General Managers of various Hotels, who sent their participants to display the best of the skills, innovation, and abilities to turn the competition into a real successful show.

Hospitality Rendezvous - 2013

Hospitality Rendezvous - 2013Hospitality Rendezvous – 2013
Event Name – Hospitality Rendezvous – 2013
Date & Time – 2nd December, 2013 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue – Shriram Centre Auditorium, New Delhi.

Indian Hotel Academy a leading Hotel Management Institute in Delhi & Association of Hospitality Professionals, successfully organized the fourth Hospitality Rendezvous on December 2, 2013 at Shriram Centre Auditorium, New Delhi. The aim of this event was to unite and reward the hospitality professionals. The Chief Guest for the Inauguration Ceremony was Honorable Padam Shree Mr. Inder Sharma Chairman – Select Holiday Resorts Ltd. He enlightened the hospitality fraternity with his words of wisdom. Guest of the evening Mr. Nitesh Gandhi (GM – Trident Gurgaon) also gave the valuable guideline for success for future hospitality professionals. The top management professional form the Hospitality Industry were also present of grace the occasion.

The hospitality award were decided by the jury members of AHP including the following Executive Committee members :
Mr. Rajindera Kumar – President (Director Vivanta by Taj Ambassador)
Mr. S.K. Bhatnagar – Vice-President (Principal – Indian Hotel Academy)
Ms. Devipshita Gautam- Secretary (Director – Indian Hotel Academy)
Mr. Sireesh Saxena – Jt. Secretary Ex. Vice President, Hotels – ITDC
Mr. G. P. Gautam – Treasurer President – Indian Hotel Academy.
Executive Members
Mr. Ramesh Takulia Director – Learning and Development Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces
Mr. Sanjeev Rampal (Vice-President, Operations) Jaypee Greens
Mr. Bhanu Verma GM – Learning & Development Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Vinod Gulati Managing Director Gulati Restaurant Pvt. the Executive Members.

The event started with Ganesh Vandana, an outstanding cultural performance by the student of Indian Hotel Academy. This followed by the award function of Association of Hospitality Professionals. Thereafter the problem of Employees retention in Hospitality sector was discussed in the Hospitality Discussion Forum whereby the mindset of the employee and the attitude building at very grass root level was suggested by very senior team of professionals. The uniformity in syllabus of various hotel management Institutes was also discussed.
Ms. S. K. Bhatnagar, The Principal – IHA read the annual report and achievements of the Institute, Clap Dance, Korian Fan Dance and Bhangra were among the various enthusiastic performances presented by the IHA Students. Mr. G. P. Gautam, President – IHA congratulated all the award winners. Ms. Devipshita Gautam President (AHP -Managing Committee) delivered the vote of thanks.


Mr. Shashank Warty (Ex- Area Vice President, Norh India, The Leela Group),
Mr.V P Bhatia (General Manager – Ashok Group of Hotels & Ashok Events),
Mr. Ramesh Takulia – Director, Learning and Development,Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces
Mr. Sireesh Saxena ( Ex- Vice – President Hotels, ITDC)
Mr. Inder Pal Singh – (GM – Jaypee Siddharth)
Mr. Pratip Kr. Mazumdat (GM – Country Inn, Saket)
Mr. Ravindra Kumar – (General Manager-Corporate Food & Beverage, The LaLiT),
Chef Vivek Saggar ( Indian Culinary Forum)
Mr. Bahnu Verma ( GM – Learning & Development, Old World Hospitality Private Limited)
Mr. Nitin Raj (F & B Manager, The Lodhi, New Delhi),
Mr. Younis Khan (Front Office Manager – Country Inn, Saket)
Mr. Vijay Kapoor ( MD – S. K. Caterers Pvt. Ltd.)
Mr.Abhishek Saxena (Training Manager) Radisson Blu Noida,
Mr. Tarun Goyal (Front Office Manager, Jaypee Siddhath, New Delhi),
Ms. Shipra Pradhan ( Restaurant Manager – The Leela Palace, New Delhi)
Ms. Jasleen Kaur (HR Manager, Countryard Marriott, Gurgaon)
Mr. Brij Chhabra ( HR Manager – Country Inn, Saket)
Ms. Afreen Neha (Assistant Training Manager, The Oberoi Gurgaon)
Ms. Ira Bakshi (Manager Executive, Trident Gurgaon)
Mr. Vinod Gulati ( MD- Gulati Restaurant Pvt. Ltd)
Mr. Varun Arora ( Training Manager – Kingdom of Dreams)


S.No. Award Winner
1 Hospitality Achiever Award – 2013 (Housekeeping) Ms. Anjum Sarwal (Executive Housekeeper) The Grand, New Delhi
2 Hospitality Achiever Award – 2013 (Front Office) Mr. Tarun Goyal (Front Office Manager), Jaypee Siddhath, New Delhi
3 Outstanding Management Aptitude – 2013 Mr.Suveer Sodhi ( Director F & B), The Lodhi, New Delhi
4 Chef of the Year – 2013 Chef Shiv Anand Kain (Sr. Executive Chef) Jaypee Greens
5 Upcoming Training Manager – 2013 Mr.Abhishek Saxena (Training Manager) Radisson Blu Noida
6 Outstanding Training Manager – 2013 Mr. Andrew Ryder (Addition General Manager – Trainings) Jaypee Siddhath
7 Outstanding Performance in Human Resources – 2013 Mr.Qureshi Salman Azam (Regional Director – HR) The Park, New Delhi
8 Outstanding Spa – 2013 Body Spa International
9 Outstanding Restaurant – 2013 Barbeque Nation
10 Popular choice Restaurant – 2013 Le Cirque – The Leela Palace, New Delhi
11 Outstanding Hospitality Reporting – 2013 Food Hospitality World
12 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Ms. Namrata Marwaha (Corporate Housekeeper -The Leela Palaces & Resorts)
13 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Mr. Shashank Warty
14 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Mr. Mohit Nirula (Vice President and General Manager Mena House Oberoi)
15 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Ms. Sareena Kochar (Assistant Vice President – Housekeeping at Lemon Tree Hotels)
16 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Ms.D J Singh (Ex- Corporate Housekeeper -The Leela Palaces & Resorts)
17 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Ms. Garima Nagpal (Executive Housekeeper – The Imperial, New Delhi
18 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Mr. Ravindra Kumar (General Manager-Corporate Food & Beverage
The LaLiT New Delhi)
19 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Mr. Kamal Manaktola (Regional Director North & East India)
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
20 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Industry – 2013 Mr. V P Bhatia (General Manager – Ashok Group of Hotels & Ashok Events)
21 Life Time Achievement Award 2013 Padma Shri Mr. Inder Sharma ( Chairman – Select Hospitality Ltd.)