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The Ashok’s executive chef Rai bags National Tourism Award for 2015-16
Saturday, 04 November, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Arvind Rai, executive chef, The Ashok, has bagged the coveted National Tourism Award in the Best Chef of India - 4- to 5-Star Deluxe, Heritage Classic and Heritage Grand category for 2015-16 at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. He is an active member of the Association of Hospitality Professionals and joint secretary, Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), a chef’s organisation.

He started his career as kitchen executive trainee in 1987 with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) upon completing the three-year-diploma in hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Pusa, New Delhi, and was selected through campus recruitment.

After two years of rigorous on-the- job training, Rai took over charge as chef at Kovalam Ashok Beach Resort, Kovalam, Kerala, followed by a stint at Hotel Khajuraho Ashok, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, as chef in-charge. Since then, he has been posted at The Ashok, New Delhi, ITDC’s flagship hotel.

He has mentored and trained several chefs over the years, and was an external examiner for IHM Pusa, IHM Gwalior and Delhi Institute Of Hotel Management.

As a member of the hotel’s ISO 22000:2005 food safety team, Rai ensured strict food safety and quality control measures.

Throughout his career, he successfully planned and executed a number of Indian food festivals at leading five-star hotels in Moscow (Russia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Budapest (Hungary), Johannesburg (South Africa), Taipei (Taiwan), Rome (Italy), etc., where the best of Indian cuisine was showcased.

He was nominated as an industry expert on the board of governors of IHM, Hajipur, Bihar.

The 2015 Silver Hat Award was conferred upon Rai by the Indian Culinary Forum and he won the Association of Hospitality Professionals’ Hospitality Achiever Award – Chef of the Year 2017.

He is presently executive chef and leads the team which crafts the best of Indian gastronomy. He has not only served the who’s who of the nation, but also the dignitaries attending the state banquets hosted by its vice-president and prime minister at the historic Hyderabad House.
 
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