On April 26 National Hospitality Day honors the hardworking service sector employees who work relentlessly to provide the best in comfort and luxury. The hospitality sector is frequently mistaken for the hotel industry, which is not the case. The former is a subset of the latter. Hotels, restaurants, bars, theme parks, tourism, and other businesses are all part of the hospitality industry. These businesses’ presentation, originality, entertainment, and excellence are all down to their hospitality staff, that is why we are honoring them today!
International Hospitality Day celebrated on April 26th. The International Hospitality Council (IHC), London, and hospitality evangelist Dr Suborno Bose. On April 2, 2016, International Hospitality Day was founded by the Chief Mentor of the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and CEO and Convenor of the IHC, London, to honor and appreciate this part of human nature. The idea was to devote one day a year to the hospitality industry in order to celebrate, market, and educate.
The International Hospitality Day commemoration began with a global event attended by international members of the International Hospitality Council. Prof. David Foskett, MBE, Chairman of the International Hospitality Council (IHC), presented an inspiring message to all those involved in the hospitality industry to kick off the global celebration.
On the International Hospitality Day, the International Hospitality Council (IHC) in collaboration with the International Institute of Hotel Management Kolkata (IIHM) recognised the enormous contributions of hospitality and culinary experts from around the world.
The International Institute of Hospitality Management (IIHM) inducted Alistair Birt, John Wood, Lord Karan Bilimoria, and Sarah Hartnett into the Hall of Fame.
David Foskett, MBE — a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Craft Guild of Chefs — began the convocation ceremony by introducing the award achiever to people. And Dr suborno bose also complimented the awardees.
Among the hospitality professionals who have received the IIHM Fellow status are:
● Alistair Birt- recognised as one of the most promising young British chocolatiers. In 2013, he was awarded the Acorn Award, which recognises those under the age of 30 who have made significant contributions to their profession. He moved from William Curley to Harrods as Head Pastry Chef after winning the UK&I Chocolate Masters championship.
It was only natural for Alistair Birt to join the Chocolate Ambassador Club under the auspices of Cacao Barry. The Chocolate Ambassador Club is made up of around 200 pastry chefs and chocolatiers from all over the world. Their common denominators are a lover of chocolate and talent. He was awarded the IHC Rising Star Of The Year Award.
● John Wood- has over 35 years of expertise in the food and beverage industries. He began his career at The Savoy and has since worked in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, including Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (ranked the world’s second-best hotel), Mount Nelson Hotel, and Island Shangri-La Hotel, Dorchester Hotel, and Cliveden House. He was the Executive Chef of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, where he was in charge of 37 restaurants and 500 chefs. In 2007, John co-founded Kitchen CUT, a company that provides management solutions to restaurant owners. The tools were created by John himself. He was awarded the IHC Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
● Lord Karan Bilimoria- who founded Cobra Beer, is the Chairman of Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a joint venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. The Cobra range has received 121 Gold and Grand Gold medals in the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, since 2001, making it one of the most decorated beers in the world. He was awarded the IHC LifeTime Achievement Award.
● Sarah Hartnett- is a dynamic Irish pastry chef and chocolatier who brings over 20 years of international and five-star hospitality experience to her stunning creations. Sarah from Midleton, Co. Cork has a fascination for all things pastry since she was a child when she worked her first summer job at the legendary Ballymaloe House under the teaching and watchful supervision of culinary maestro Myrtle Allen. Sarah first developed an appreciation and regard for fresh food, quality ingredients, and painstaking preparation at this renowned cookery retreat, which is still very much at the core of what she does today. She was awarded the IHC Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
The primary goal of the IIHM International College of Distinguished Fellows is to actively establish and support the student and academic communities in a variety of ways. Inspirational leadership will further strengthen the educational and career objectives of all students and graduates in the hospitality industry.
IIHM is a subsidiary of the Indismart Group, which manages the Indismart Hotels. Students who graduate from the IIHM armed with an international degree from the University of West London as well as global hospitality abilities that allow for simple placements in any hospitality brand around the world.