Bhutanese cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Tibetan and Indian culture. The main dish, which generally includes white or red rice, seasonal vegetables, and meat (pork and chicken), are often cooked with chili or cheese.
Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.
I am Nagawang Tshering from Royal institute for Tourism and Hospitality, Bhutan. I am undergoing a two years diploma course in Hotel Management. This is my 3rd semester and after the selection competition held here, I am being selected to participate in the international Young Chef Olympiad. For this I would not only be representing my institute but also my country Bhutan.
Now if I briefly talk about my interests and hobbies, it has always been a passion for me to cook since my childhood, which is why I have joined this institute. I am one of the person who can create dishes given the ingredients. I do not mind spending my entire leisure time in the kitchen as long as I can come up with a beautiful and tasty food.
I got this opportunity to participate, I must say I am lucky because from this I would gain a lot of exposure and also get to learn new cuisines which I have never tried. When I come back from this competition, I would like to try and implement the knowledge in the institution so that my peers can also learn. I am really looking forward to give my best and make my country and institute proud.
With the mission of ‘preparing graduates with life long values and skills capable of securing positions and leading the entire tourism and hospitality industry’ the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) stands proudly since the year 2004. The queen mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk of Bhutan inaugurated the institute in October, 2010.
The Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality is the first institute of its kind to be established in Bhutan. RITH is committed to advancing professional training and education in the Bhutanese Tourism and Hospitality industry.. It is located in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, more specifically at Motihang. Surrounded by lush pine trees and green grass making one feel nostalgic and creating an atmosphere of ambience. A place where one can learn to excel and flourish in life in life.
RITH offers the best of facilities with a spectacular view of the nature. Every room has got its own central heating system to keep warm during winter. A common room where every student can come together to interact with one another and watch during free hours or use the free WiFi service provided by the institute.
The programs initiated at RITH are designed with accordance to internationally acclaimed standards so that the graduates can secure job whatever they decide to go like within the country or abroad. The training program is extended till two years where upon an individual is specialized in the field of both tourism and hospitality.
Like the saying goes “with great power comes great responsibility” a student who goes the institute especially a boarding student is compelled and ushered towards independence. He/she has to follow certain norms which govern the discipline and self development of one’s image. If responsibility is entrusted upon an individual he is likely to learn more in order to succeed and with this as the main priority RITH produces Bhutan’s best of the graduates and as a whole, a wonderful human being.