Situated on the campus of Swiss Education Group’s prestigious César Ritz Colleges Switzerland in Le Bouveret, Apicius is a modern building fitted with state-of-the-art kitchens designed for an international culinary education, gastronomic exploration and exclusive events. Marcus Gavius Apicius was a wealthy Roman merchant and epicure during the reign of Tiberius after whom was named one of the earliest cookbooks in recorded history. The work conventionally known by his name, Apicius – officially titled De re coquinaria (“The Art of Cooking”) – was likely not compiled until the fourth century. The book comprises more than 400 recipes, and it has been preserved in numerous editions ever since. Times have changed not just cookbooks but modern kitchens as well. Our cover story this issue is how revolutionary kitchen equipment, some working on the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way chefs prepare food, saving them time and labour. Chef Manisha Bhasin is thankful that these gadgets helped her prosper in a male dominated profession and she recounts how her journey with ITC Hotels has empowered her to delve deeper into her culinary passion.
An interesting takeaway from the recently concluded HPMF convention in Kochi was the example cited by Jose Dominic, founder, Casino Group of Hotels of Chendamangalam, a handloom weavers’ town in Kerala which was badly affected by floods last year. But in 12 months the weavers regained their feet and livelihood because the cotton mundus made there were procured by the hospitality industry in the state as a measure of bringing relief to such people. So even purchase managers can help in benefitting the community through their purchase function.
According to the just released Q3 Hotel Momentum India (HMI) by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Hotels & Hospitality Group, nine out of top 11 markets witnessed a rise in RevPAR performance during the July-September 2019 period. Gurugram is the leader in occupancy growth change for Q3 2019. While Mumbai is the RevPAR leader in absolute terms, Bengaluru is the leader in RevPAR percentage change in Q3 as well as YTD September 2019 over the same period last year. Domestic hotel operators dominated signings over international operators with the ratio of 67:33. In line with an overall increasing trend, 15 per cent of new signings are conversions of old hotels, Gujarat is the leading state in brand signings as well as hotel openings in Q3 2019. So at least there is one sector looking to buck the economic slowdown.
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