Good food is good mood. When the situations are tough all around, it is important to keep mood and spirits upbeat with food. A little something special in our daily food can add immensely our mood. To assist the people, especially young students, Department of Hotel Management of Gujranwala Guru Nanak institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana organized a Three-days online workshop ‘COOKING UNLOCKED” for students, professionals and housewives and many other. Three sessions were conducted on Salads, Bakery and Mocktails through videos with step by step demonstration and e-contents. Sessions were showcased to make the participants learn more of practical aspects, first session on Salads was conducted by Chef Mahesh Khadwal of GGNIMT who has expertise in Indian and International cuisines and answered queries of the students.

Salads presented were Kimchi salad, Vegan salad with cashew cream, Fresh tomato salad, Hummus salad and Cold rice salad. On second day of the workshop, the bakery sessions were conducted by Chef Parveen Sharma and Prof. Priya Arora, and the session included Chocolate cake, Cookies & Pizza base.On concluding day, mocktails were displayed by Prof. Simranjeet Kaur who used easy available ingredients to turn into very interesting recipes which included Virgin mango splash, Watermelon lime Margarita, Fresh mint mojito and Blushing Rose fizz m The experts answered many queries from the students. A special focus was given on Nutritional aspects of Salads, Bakery products and Mocktails. The experts guided daily nutritional requirements to people of various age groups.

 More than 400 participants, primarily students, learnt the culinary skills in the event.

Dr SP Singh, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council (GKEC) inaugurated the workshop alongwith S. Arvinder Singh, hon. General Secretary, GKEC.

The students of Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHHMCT) also participated in the discussion.

Dr SP Singh said that food is not only all about taste and health, it has enormous impact on psychological well being of the human beings. GGNIMT wanted to organize a workshop to address people’s aspirations for lively food preparations during this lockdown period, he added. S. Arvinder Singh said that the expert skills of the faculty should reach the masses during such a pandemic and it was also a social responsibility being fulfilled. Both of them congratulated the faculty members for the wonderful initiative.

Prof Manjit Singh Chhabra, Director, GGNIMT said that initially, when we started the project, everyone was a bit sceptical of how school going youngsters will take cooking workshop. Especially, the male students may not like to cook food and ego may have come in the way, he added. But, as we started exploring ways to convince, both boys and girls to attend the workshop, a large number of boys and girls showed the enthusiasm to attend the workshop, he further added. Boys and girls see their career in hotel management now a days, he explained.

Dr Harpreet Singh, principal, GGNIMT said the workshop covered training about healthy food preparation like different types of salads, mocktails and cakes and cookies. We wanted that the participants learn the skills tand enjoy their home stay during this lockdown and students can also be inspired to explore the career opportunities in the employment rich hospitality sector.

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