‘Tourism industry & remittance may get boost by Culinary arts’

Published : 14 Mar 2021 09:24 PM

The value of skilled manpower has increased all over the world. Bangladesh has attained standards of producing skilled professional chefs who can help expanding tourism in the country and contribute to the national GDP by sending remittance, said Nepalese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr Banshidhar Mishra.

He was addressing as a Chief Guest in a Certificate Giving Ceremony held today at the Nepal Embassy, organized by the ICI International Culinary Institute, Dhaka. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and LCCI GQ Nepal are the collaborating partners of this one-year long Diploma Graduation Course.      

Dr. Mishra said, the tourism industry in Bangladesh has immense potential. The scope of international tourism as well as domestic tourism has been increasing. One of the most important aspects of tourism is food. People of different countries have different tastes and choices. "When tourists come to visit a new country they love to taste different foods but they also prefer food stuffs of their own country. To meet the demand, ICI- International Culinary institute has introduced Diploma course in Bangladesh aiming to produce world class chefs", he added.

LCCI-Nepal's founder and director Roshan Rathi said, remittances are one of the sources of Bangladesh's economy. Chefs of Bangladesh are working in various reputed hotels & restaurants abroad and sending foreign currencies.

Daniel C. Gomez, Bangladesh's first Master Chef and founder of ICI said, they are working to strengthen Bangladesh's culinary industry. 

He said, big hotels and restaurants have sprung up in different cities. Many of the international five star chain hotels have now expanded their business in Bangladesh. As a result, the demand for skilled professional chefs has increased a lot. "With the dwindle of COVID infection, the demand will increase further. Three professional bodies with international accreditation from Scotland, Nepal and Bangladesh have been collaborating to meet the global demand. ICI has recently introduced similar course in Chittagong", said Chef Gomes.

ICI Training Director Jahangir Alam informed that the course has been approved by  the Bangladesh Technical Education Board. Two batches of students are being admitted every year who are being imparted hands-on training on English for Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage production and preparation, Food & Beverage services, Bakery & Pastry, Food Carving, Ice Carving, etc.

A total of 17 graduates received certificates today and 22 new students received welcome letters.  Crests were handed over to guests including course teachers.