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Heroes of Hospitality – Part 1

The top 36 names in the mega book of Hospitality – HOH – 1.

The most respected names in the Industry who have given significant contributions to the world of Hospitality. The names which have been carefully selected on the non-bias procedure by the experts from the sections of FCI / MSIHMCT Pune Cadre ranging from 85 batch to the latest one.

These are the names which were mostly hidden, media shy and away from glamour, some Heroes are probably featuring for the first time in Limelight.

The essence of the book is hard work, patience, ability to work in adverse conditions and finally rising of as a star. The ACOHI jury had a tough time in selecting the names and we wish the best to everyone in their future careers.

This is a must have and must read book for all Hospitality Experts across globe with pure, unadulterated and remarkable content in the form of their lifeline stories with real words and explanations without any decorations of words which are nowhere published, spoken and discussed apart from this forum and book.

Following stories are marked in the prestigious book to inspire the future generations of the Hospitality Industry of India, Asia & World.

Hon. Prasad Chirnumula – ( Celebrity Chef of US )
Hon. Nitin Tandon – ( India’s First Food Stylist )
Hon. Anita Chandran – (Principal of Many Catering Institutes)
Hon. Devwrat Jategaonkar – (Celebrity Master Chef)
Hon. Anil Rohira – ( Celebrity Master Chef – SugarCraft )
Hon. Gurvinder Bindra – (Chief – NACC)
Hon. Ravi Lahori – (Chef Consultant)
Hon. Vijay Deokar – (Celebrity Chef – Las Vegas)
Hon. Rajeev Arora – (Celebrity Chef)
Hon. Sachin Joshi – (Executive Chef – Taj Pune)
Hon. Sonali Jadhav – (Principal AISSMS Pune)
Hon. Johnson Easo – (Retired Executive Chef – Taj)
Hon. Debashish Chakravarty – (Retired Sous Chef – Taj)
Hon. Richie Borges – (Renowned Baker of Pune)
Hon. Praful Chandawarkar – (Renowned Hotelier in Pune)
Hon. Navtej Sawhney – (Renowned Hotelier in Pune)
Hon. Kavi Motwani – (Renowned Baker in Pune)
Hon. Shailendra Kekade – (Style Chef of India)
Hon. Anita Frantz – (Principal – Rangoonwala IHM Pune)
Hon. Mugdha Khare – (Sr. Teacher IHM Dadar – Mumbai)
Hon. Nilesh Limaye – (Celebrity Chef)
Hon. Sandeep Pusdekar – (Corporate Consultant)
Hon. Nagesh Shetty – (Renowned Hotelier in Pune)
Hon. Umeash Iyer – (Corporate Personality)
Hon. Sukhminder Singh – (Corporate Research Chef)
Hon. Samar Kamulkar – (HRD – Cruise)
Hon. Sachin Kshirsagar – (Lata Mangeshkar Hospital – Catering Chief)
Hon. Parag Joglekar – (Celebrity Chef Consultant)
Hon. Sharan Shetty – (Renowned Hotelier in Pune)
Hon. Suhas Tattitali – (Renowned Baker in Pune)
Hon. Pritam Borawake – (Renowned Baker in Pune)
Hon. Parag Kanhere – (Celebrity Chef )
Hon. Sachin Tapkir – (Principal – ADYPUIHM Pune)
Hon. Kiran Dogra – (Renowned Baker)
Hon. Kedar Joshi (Celebrity Chef UK)

The much awaited book is slated to release with much fanfare and media attention in the month of November 2022 at the premises of ACOHI Secretariat in Pune – India.

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Announcement of Premium Book on the occasion of Christmas.34th Book will be most prominent book on adulteration written by most prolific & famous writer of Hospitality Industry Hon. Shri. Gajanan Shirke who has written 33 Books on Hospitality Industry till date.

Book will open eyes on Big Circle of Adulteration right from Condiments, Beverages, Fruits & Vegetables, Water, Snacks, Fast Food to Wines and Scotch Whiskeys. Book will be Published in 2021.

The Coveted Book is Powered By Asian Chamber of Hospitality Industry. Book will be Dedicated to our Government Department FDA & FSSAI who is working tirelessly towards maintaining Food Safety Standards across India.

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Path Breaking Journey Book Launch at National Secretariat.

The Asian Countries Chamber of Hospitality Industry (ACOHI) awarded doctorates D. Hospitality (Honris Causa) to leading hospitality professionals from India & Asia at a convocation held at its National Secretariat in Pune. Mr. Parvez Dewan, former Secretary to the Government of India (Tourism) was the Chief Guest.
In an august gathering with the presence of the fraternity of Hospitality Industry of India & Asia the hon. doctorates were awarded to Padma Shri Ms. Thangam E Philip (posthumous), Her Excellency Ms. Zakia Wardak (Consul General, Afghanistan), Kuldip Verma (former Sr. VP ITDC), Parvinder Singh Bali (Chief Chef OCLD – Oberoi School of Learning & Development), Gurvinder Bindra (Chief, NACC ) and Shashikant Kekare ( Jt. Commissioner FDA Mumbai-Maharashtra).

Sanee Awsarmmel, Chairman of ACOHI, along with other dignitaries also released a book about hospitality on the occasion ‘Path Breaking Journey’ penned by Kuldip Verma which has got many insights about Hospitality Industry & Service Sector. Soon the book will be adopted in the form of a full commercial feature film Awsarmmel added.

Book Review

The Path Breaking Journey is a motivational book and a sincere effort to bring forth the challenges that Kuldip had to face, and he did so with determination, during his long innings with the ITDC. He worked diligently as a Hotelier, Marketing Head, Chief of Ashok Travels & Tours, an Event organiser and Head of the HRD Division/ The Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management in New Delhi. Kuldip’s positive approach towards his various assignments in ITDC, his creative thinking and his taking ownership of responsibilities and loyalty to organisation were the main reasons for his successful tenures.

I am of the opinion that the book will prove to be a path-finder and will inspire young IHM students across India in their future careers and hotel industry professionals looking to explore new avenues.

Kuldip Verma has summed up his journey as a hospitality & tourism professional, right from his joining IHM, Calcutta about half a century ago and his subsequent selection to the India Tourism Development Corporation as a Management Trainee. He started his career in the ITDC as an Assistant Manager and worked his way up, facing organisational challenges, to retire in 2010 as Senior Vice President.

I have seen his passion in all the assignments entrusted to him from very close quarters. He used to come up with innovative ideas, at times things just not imagined before. For example, I sent him to Gangtok to represent ITDC for a North East Development Council meeting attended by Chief Ministers, Governors. Minister (DoNER) and Secretary (DoNER). At the Meet, Kuldip convinced the North Eastern States to sponsor eligible boys and girls for an Air Hostess Training Programme in Bangalore. The suggestion was appreciated immediately by the Secretary (DoNER) and thus thousands of candidates were trained and provided jobs. Kuldip also suggested to the Minister (DoNER) to allow Govt. employees to travel by air to North Eastern states as part of their LTC facility, so as to promote domestic tourism to the North East. This suggestion was also accepted and two months later, this became a reality.

Kuldip displayed excellent planning and management skills in handling the ‘Sindhu Darshan Festival’ at Leh, which was part of the erstwhile J&K state, which was my cadre. At the state end, I was associated with the first Sindhu Darshan Festival. It was good for the economy because it opened the tourism season at Leh a month in advance. He also successfully managed the India Pavilion at the World Travel Market (London) and ITB Berlin where the Incredible India campaign was launched.

Kuldip was instrumental in converting the ITDC’s Manpower Development Centre into The Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management in New Delhi where he launched 4 year Bachelors’ Degree Program in International Hospitality Business Management, with a 6 month internship in London. This initiative was so successful that this program was nominated for the PATA Gold Awards in the category of Education & Training during the PATA Travel Mart 2007 Indonesia.

Mr. Parvez Dewan, IAS (Retd.)
Former Secretary (Tourism) Govt. of India/
C&MD, India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

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