Students from the Hotel Management Course at CEDP Thane enthusiastically competed against each other to win the coveted title of master mixologist at the recently concluded Indian Summer Cooler Fest.

This contest brought together the best of the student batches who displayed their status knowledge of ingredients and mixology techniques to create astounding mocktails that impressed the panel of judges present.

Students competing against each other for Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Students competing against each other for Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

The talent exhibited by the students floored the expert judging panel which included Cordon Bleu Chef Michael Swamy, Pooja Bimrah – Former Miss India, Pooja Ketan Naik – Opera Mrs. India Global 2018 Runner up and Geeta Sridhar – Master Chef Finalist.

Elite panel of jury from Left to Right - Miss Pooja Bimrah is a Former Miss India, Mr. Michael Swamy, a renowned Chef, and Food Writer and winner of Prestigious Gourmand Award, Mrs. Geeta Sridhar is a MASTER CHEF FAME - SEASON 4, Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute, Mrs. Pooja Naik is Opera Miss India Global 2018 Runner up.
Elite panel of jury from Left to Right – Miss Pooja Bimrah is a Former Miss India, Mr. Michael Swamy, a renowned Chef, and Food Writer and winner of Prestigious Gourmand Award, Mrs. Geeta Sridhar is a MASTER CHEF FAME – SEASON 4, Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute, Mrs. Pooja Naik is Opera Miss India Global 2018 Runner up.

The winning drink from the competition will be a part of the menu at all the hotels of the Kamat Group.

The Indian Summer Cooler Fest had close to 180 students from CEDP participating in the preliminary round, out of which only 10 made it to the finals. The large number of participants also highlighted the fact that students who are aspiring to be a part of the hospitality sector look towards bartending and mixology as a serious profession.

The event also had the presence of important stakeholders from the F&B industry who were happy to see the talent pool which is available to sustain the growth being experienced by the hospitality sector in recent times.

Commenting on the occasion, Mrs. Shaheen Khan, Founder & CEO, CEDP Skill Institute, said “Having been in the Skills training industry for close to a decade, we at CEDP Skill Institute have seen exponential growth in the number of students opting for the Hotel Management course at our institute.

While most of the students have been successfully placed at various 5-star hotels across the globe, we realized that there’s a need to create a platform which would enable our students to showcase their talent and skills to a broader audience.

We are glad that through The Indian Summer Cooler Fest, we were able to celebrate our in-house talent and aid them in reaching out to a larger number of the audience”.

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The stage is set for job seekers to acquire the required skills set and be a part of this booming hospitality sector. We at CEDP continuously look forward to providing skills training which is industry relevant and makes our student’s job ready.

Commenting on the opportunities present in the F&B sector, Mr. Vasim Shaikh, Group Chairman and Managing Director, CEDP Skill Institute said “The opportunity presented by the growing F&B industry has caught the eye of the aspiring young Indian entrepreneurs who have started looking at the F&B industry as a go-to industry to realise his/her entrepreneurial dreams.

Winner announcement by Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute
Winner announcement by Mr. Vasim Shaikh, Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute

The same is being reflected with the number of cafes, QSRs, bars, home kitchens or fine dining restaurants springing up around us almost every alternate day and having a positive trickle-down effect on job creation within and outside the country.

Jury handing over the winner award to Aditya A. Mehta for The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019. From left to right - Mrs. Geeta Sridhar is a MASTER CHEF FAME - SEASON 4, Aditya A. Mehta (Winner), Mr. Michael Swamy, a renowned Chef, and Food Writer and winner of Prestigious Gourmand Award, Miss Pooja Bimrah is a Former Miss India, Mrs. Pooja Naik is Opera Miss India Global 2018 Runner up, Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute.
Jury handing over the winner award to Aditya A. Mehta for The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019. From left to right – Mrs. Geeta Sridhar is a MASTER CHEF FAME – SEASON 4, Aditya A. Mehta (Winner), Mr. Michael Swamy, a renowned Chef, and Food Writer and winner of Prestigious Gourmand Award, Miss Pooja Bimrah is a Former Miss India, Mrs. Pooja Naik is Opera Miss India Global 2018 Runner up, Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute.

The winner of Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019 is Aditya A. Mehta for ‘The Street’

The winner of Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019 is Aditya A. Mehta for ‘The Street’
The winner of Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019 is Aditya A. Mehta for ‘The Street’

About Jury Members

Cordon Bleu Chef Michael Swamy

Michael Swamy - Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Michael Swamy – Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Mr. Michael Swamy, a renowned Chef and Food Writer, and winner of the Prestigious Gourmand Award. He has done his specialisation in Bakery and Patisserie. His cooking style has further evolved into Indian cuisine bringing together the best of classic French culinary techniques and traditional Indian flavours. As a food writer, he is also the author of several cookbooks which won the Prestigious Gourmand Award. He has also been a Chef and Menu Planner for Kuwait Airways and has worked at The Bombay Brasserie in London, a Taj Property.

Geeta Sridhar – Master Chef Finalist

Geeta Shridhar - Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Geeta Shridhar – Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Mrs. Geeta Sridhar is a MASTER CHEF FAME – SEASON 4. Cooking is a passion. Indian Food Express is the brain-child of Geeta Sridhar which covers food love and food recipes in-short anything that interests in food.

Pooja Bimrah – Former Miss India

Miss Pooja Bimrah - Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Miss Pooja Bimrah – Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Miss Pooja Bimrah is a Former Miss India. She is also an International Pageant Coach & Director and has been associated with 15 International beauty pageants across the world training pageant girls, Image Consultant and CEO of The Fashion Advocate India, pageant and fashion consultancy firm. After winning ‘Miss World Heritage 2015’ In South Africa ‘Miss India Tourism 2016’ and ‘Miss World Tourism 2016 Top 5, Supermodel—India 2017, World Supermodel Winner 2017 in Hong Kong’. And Exquisite Face Of India 2017 and Face of The Universe 1at Runner in Ghana.

Mr. Vasim Shaikh

Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute - Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute – Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Mr. Vasim Shaikh is Group Chairman & Managing Director of CEDP Skill Institute. With more than 16 years of experience in the Hospitality, Hotel Management & Corporate Training, Mr. Vasim Shaikh has successfully laid down the value-based skilled education ecosystem at CEDP to promote a well-built individual among the youngsters.

Pooja Naik – Opera Mrs. India Global 2018 Runner up

Mrs. Pooja Naik - Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019
Mrs. Pooja Naik – Jury Member at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Mrs. Pooja Naik is Opera Miss India Global 2018.

Competitors at The Indian Cooler Summer Festival 2019

Standing from left to right Siddharth Parmar, Ashok Sahu, Jitesh Nagdev, Aatish (SubStaff and Not a Competitor), Aaditya A. Mehta, Rohit Rawat Sir, Sudhir Kadam, Sai Sharma, Vignesh Padwal. Sitting from left to right Somesh Shetty, Pranay Sawant, Rohit Bane
Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019 – Standing from left to right Siddharth Parmar, Ashok Sahu, Jitesh Nagdev, Aatish (SubStaff and Not a Competitor), Aaditya A. Mehta (Winner), Rohit Rawat Sir, Sudhir Kadam, Sai Sharma, Vignesh Padwal. Sitting from left to right Somesh Shetty, Pranay Sawant, Rohit Bane

HONEY BUNNY (By Jitesh Nagdev)

Honey Bunny (Mocktail) By Jitesh Nagdev
Honey Bunny (Mocktail) By Jitesh Nagdev at Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019

Honey – 20 ml
Sweet lime juice – 100 ml
Orange juice – 60 ml
Lime juice – ½ tsp
A pinch of salt
Crushed ice
For garnishing: Sweet lime – 1 slice

Method: Put honey in a ribbed glass. Add the sweet lime juice. Add orange juice, lime juice, and salt. Stir once. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of sweet lime.

MINT-O-FRESH (By Pranay Sawant)

Fresh mint – 40 gm
Lemon juice – of 1 lemon
Sugar Syrup – 15ml
Soda – For top up
Ice cubes – as required
Rock salt – 1 Tsp

Method: Blend the mint leaves, lemon juice, water, Sugar, Ice cubes and salt in a blender. Strain and add the soda accordingly. Serve chilled in a long tall glass.

HOO LA LA (By Rohit Rawat)

Hoo La La (Mocktail) by Rohit Rawat
Hoo La La (Mocktail) by Rohit Rawat at Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019

Coconut water – 80 ml
Pineapple juice – 20 ml
Vanilla ice cream – 2 tbsp.
Blue Curacao- 5ml
Crushed ice – as required

Method: Blend everything in a mixer. Pour in a glass. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple slice.

THE RED DEVIL (By Ashok Sahu)

Kokam Syrup
Jeera Syrup
Fresh Lime Juice
Simple Syrup
Sprite
Ice

Method: Take lots of ice in a shaker, add kokam syrup, jeera syrup, simple syrup. Shake well until the ice is crushed and top up with Sprite and serve the drink in Hi-Ball glass & garnish with lemon slices & mint.

KING OF THE RING (By Sai Sharma)

Pomegranate juice – 30 ml
Orange squash – 10 ml
Pineapple juice – 80 ml
Secret Indian Spice mix – 1 Tsp
Lime juice – a dash
Ice cubes – as required
For garnishing: Orange Wheel & grated nutmeg

Method: Put 4 – 6 ice cubes in a Shaker. Pour pomegranate juice over it, followed by orange squash pineapple juice. Shake to perfection. Serve garnished with sweet lime and cherry.

DREAM CATCHER (By Somesh Shetty)

Lemongrass – 2 sticks
Basil Leaves – 6
Mix Fruit Juice – 180ml
Cinnamon Infused Black Tea – 40 ml
Ice Cubes – as required

Method: Infuse smoke to black tea, add all the ingredients to the shaker. Shake it well and stir it into a mocktail glass.

CATCH ME IF YOU CANE (By Vignesh Padwal)

Catch Me If You Cane (Mocktail) By Vignesh Padwal
Catch Me If You Cane (Mocktail) By Vignesh Padwal at Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019

Sugarcane Chunks – 5nos
Mint – 5 leaves
Ginger Syrup – 10ml
Lime – 3 no’s
Sugarcane juice/Sprite – 90ml

Method: Add Sugarcane chunks, mint, lemon, ginger syrup into a glass. Muddle all the ingredients, add crushed ice and top it up with Sugarcane juice & Sprite.

TANGO TWIST (By Siddharth Parmar)

Tango Twist (Mocktail) By Siddharth Parmar
Tango Twist (Mocktail) By Siddharth Parmar at Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019

Tamarind Pulp – 30 ml
Guava Juice – 60 ml
Lime Juice – 15 ml
Sugar syrup – 15 ml
Rock salt for punch

Method: Add all the ingredients in a glass & give a hard shake. Add Rim of rock salt to the mocktail glass and serve the rest.

THE STREET (By Aaditya A. Mehta)

The Street (Mocktail) by Aditya A. Mehta
The Street (Mocktail) by Aditya A. Mehta at Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019

Our in-house secret blend of Indian mix spices mixed with raw mango topped up with lemonade.

CEDP SPECIAL (By Sudhir Kadam)

Apple Juice – 45 ml
Cinnamon Syrup – 30 ml
Chef special spices – As required
Black Tea – 45 ml

Method: Take a lot of ice in a shake, add 45 ml Apple juice, Cinnamon Syrup, Chef special spices (as required), 45 ml black tea. Shake well until the ice is crushed and serve the drink in Jam Jar chilled garnished with Apple slices.

All in all I liked the Indian Summer Cooler Fest 2019 organised by CEDP.

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