Chennai, 21Oct (): Celebrating The International Chefs Day, the Southern India Culinary Association (SICA) today declared their resolve to contribute towards containing global warming with the message of “GO GREEN WITH CHEFS”. This congregation of chefs from various hospitality institutions in South India featured Mr M Murali, MD, Sri Krishna Sweets, Ms Nina Reddy, Director, Savera Group of Hotels and Mr Sandeep Reddy, Director, Ceebros Hotels as Guests of Honor.
Earlier welcoming the delegates to this congregation, Mr Manish Dayya, General Manager, Hotel The Raintree, Anna Salai, stated that hotels had a large role to play in creating awareness on eco-sensitivity apart from ensuring conservation of resources, not only with their own patrons but also in the community where they operate from. Speaking further on the subject, Mr Dayya stated “Hotels are probably among the few institutions that use up energy and other natural resources, 24×7, 365 days a year each year during their lifespan. Consequently the need to maintain eco-sensitivity on the top of the minds of the various stakeholders poses an enormous challenge to hotels … something which almost the entire industry have risen to and addressed in substantial form. However, more remains to be achieved and I am certain that the hotels will work more assiduously in this direction” he summed up.
In his presidential addres, Chef Jugesh Arora, President, SICA and Corporate Chef, The Raintree Group of Hotels stated that chefs as a community could be the single largest stakeholders in the war against global warming. “Organic food, adoption of new techniques in cooking, minimization of wastage of water, other natural resources and cooked items are some initiatives that the chefs can work to, in their quest for containing global warming. Besides, these serve to pare the losses and enhance profitability of the hotels” he observed.
Chef Soundararajan, Corporate Chef, Mahindra Holidays outlined the role of IFCA as also the details of International Chefs Day and the program “Go Green With Chefs”. Chef Soundararajan declared that IFCA members’ support to this initiative has been reflected in the large turnout of members participating in this event. “Together with the hotel managements, IFCA can play a lead role in establishing newer benchmarks in various operations with a view on minimizing global warming” he said.
In his address as the Guest of Honor, Shri M Murali, MD, Sri Krishna Sweets lauded IFCA and other member organizations as also their members for this very welcome initiative. “Pundits declare that the next world war, if any, will be fought to ensure rights over water and other natural resource. Even docile nations the world over are quietly creating hurdles in sharing waters with their neighbors, particularly from transnational rivers. Hence the purpose of this conference to get maximum value for resources and save on ecological front could not have been more appropriate” he opined.
Ms Nina Reddy, Director, Savera Group of Hotels and also Mr Sandeep Reddy, Director, Ceebros Hotels spoke on the occasion … as did several of the sponsors of the conference. The Golden Hat Awards for the year 2004, 2007 and 2009 were also distributed.