According to data from JLL’s Hotel Momentum India, the hospitality sector in the country witnessed a growth of 100.3 per cent year on year in revenue per available room in the last quarter of 2021. This points to a bounce back for the industry after two years of pandemic-driven lockdown.
Incidentally, India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) projects the travel market in the country to reach US$125 billion by 2027, up from around US$75 billion in 2020. The organisation foresees a boost in medical tourism as well as international tourist arrivals with support from the government by way of policies and subsidies to medium and small scale industries in particular.
This means that anyone with a foot in the door – with necessary skills in culinary arts – will have ample growth opportunities along with the expanding economy, particularly if they start now. Through reputed skills centres across India, such as Kamaxi Skills Centres, students can avail a unique blend of high-quality culinary training and non-technical skills in world-class facilities backed by internships in leading hospitality companies.
One of the main areas of recruitment in the hospitality sector is a commis chef. While this is an entry-level job, it is an important stepping stone to becoming an executive chef or even an entrepreneur. Remember, even world renowned chef Gordan Ramsay started out as one.
As a commis chef, you will be responsible for basic food preparation, ensuring that health and hygiene regulations are strictly followed, and assisting and reporting to the chef de partie. To do this effectively, you will need rigorous training in necessary skills, including but not limited to food preparation, stock movement, kitchen set up, communication skills, hygiene and safety.
Commis chefs who complete courses from reputed culinary skills centres such as Kamaxi Skills are exceptionally well-equipped to seamlessly join the workforce in cruise lines, catering units, flight kitchens, quick-service and high-end restaurants, luxury hotels and even hospital kitchens.
WIth a certificate in culinary training, you may also join the wait staff from where you can work your way up to senior-level positions such as personal butlers at luxury hotels or restaurant managers.
As part of the wait staff, you will need to ably present menu options, offer suggestions on food and beverage choices for each customer, answer queries about the food served in the restaurant as well as information about allergens in each dish, take orders and deliver them accurately, ensure compliance to cleanliness and hygiene standards, check the quality of final servings, deliver checks and accept payment, work as a team, and strive to achieve outstanding service quality at all times.
Meanwhile, coffee shops are seeing a meteoric rise in Indian cities. A Research & Markets report suggested that the Indian coffee cafe market is expected to register growth at a compound annual growth rate of more than 12 per cent between 2019 and 2024. In Goa itself, cafes are sprouting by the dozen, with international chain Starbucks making its debut earlier this year.A course in culinary training can help students get drawn into the exciting world of coffee shops, even as luxury cruise lines and reputed hotels around the world require proficient baristas to ensure the perfect cup of joe to their customers each day.