INTI International College Penang hosted representatives from the state’s hospitality industry for an event titled ‘Petit Fours Feast’.
Organised by the School of Hospitality, the event showcased the abilities of its culinary arts students to potential employers such as DoubleTree by Hilton, Equatorial Hotel, E&O Hotel, The Top Komtar, the SPICE Convention Centre, Edison Boutique Hotel and Sugar.
As part of the final examinations, the final-year students majoring in patisserie had to prepare cakes and desserts during the event.
They were then gauged on creativity, presentation and taste by the top industry practitioners, including human resources directors, training managers, F&B managers, executive chefs and entrepreneurs.
INTI Penang chief executive Hemalatha Murugiah said the service industry representatives, some of whom are industry partners, would be able to play an active part in the academic process through the event.
“The event also serves to connect the students with potential employers.
“It is a platform for the students to showcase their talent and demonstrate what they can do that could lead to future employment opportunities,” she said.
Amid the array of delectable treats, students and the industry’s representatives also exchanged ideas and insights into the world of culinary arts and its growing trend, both locally and internationally.
INTI’s School of Hospitality dean Christine Khoo said culinary arts was a growing and fast paced industry which was steadily gaining momentum among young Malaysians today.
“They not only learn from experienced chefs who serve as our lecturers, but are also encouraged to take part in events and competitions which better prepare them for the workplace.
“With practical experiences which connect them closely to their potential employers, we ensure our students have an edge in pursuing their dreams,” she said.