The Vatel School of Hospitality Management (VSHM) organized a first-of-its-kind AUTHORS’ CONCLAVE.


The Conclave was attended by eminent writers like Chef Parminder Singh Bali – Corporate Chef, Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development,Dr. Nimit Chaudhary, Director, Department of Tourism, Hotels and Hospitality studies, Jamia-Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, Mr. S.K. Bhatnagar – former principal, IHM Faridabad, Mr Deepak Behl, Director HR, The Park New Delhi and Mr. Shakesh Kumar from BCIHMCT. It was a moment of truth that Chef Bali’s latest book on Bakery and Patisserie was released during the progress of the Conclave, which was attended by deans of various schools of Ansal University and the students of the VSHM.

Chef Bali told the students that his journey to success wasn’t smooth, neither was his life ever a bed of roses. There were instances wherein he was ‘slapped, kicked and had to tolerate the burns of hot skewers straight from the tandoor – “Those are the tough days and that’s how you’re literally grilled – but now, all this is forgotten after you’ve kissed the cup of success”. Pointing towards the students, he said he could do it only because he was in love with his work… Food is not barely a means to fulfill your appetite – it is an experience that you give to somebody, says he…

Mr. Nimit Chaudhary spoke about the steady growth of the tourism sector and about millions of job vacancies soon going to be available for the budding professionals and entrepreneurs. 

Mr. Bhatnagar spoke about the times when nobody could ever imagine to make a career out of cooking. This is so different from the modern times, when Chefs are regarded as one of the most respected people in the Society. 

Mr. Shakesh Singh – Assistant Professor, BCIHMCT, who has to his credit several publications and also happens to be an ardent photographer insisted greatly upon the need for everyone to make time to write.

The panel discussions in which all the dignitaries participated highlighted the need for Training the Trainer as this would help tremendously in bridging the industry-academia gap. The industry moves much faster and changes the ways of operation far more quickly than the syllabi of the HM institutes or what may be taught in the classrooms. A hand-in-had progress of the two is of utmost importance.

Mr. Jérémie Rossignol of Vatel Business School of France, who was incidentally available in the Conclave spoke about the importance of discipline in every field – in whatever you may do – professional or personal and the only way to guarantee success…

The conclave concluded on a great note of success, wherein the main essence of highlighting the importance of creative writing and creative thinking was greatly deliberated upon and understood by the young, budding hoteliers of tomorrow…