Ajeenkya DY Patil University (ADYPU) has announced its role as the host for the inaugural Young Chef Young Waiter (YCYW) competition in India. Known for its commitment to nurturing young talent through world-class education, ADYPU welcomed the prestigious competition at its Mumbai campus on January 18, 2024.

Originating in the UK in 1979, the YCYW competition, in collaboration with UK Hospitality and the Restaurant Association, has been a global beacon for hospitality careers for over 45 years. This marks the first time the competition is venturing into India, reflecting the country's growing influence in the hospitality sector.

Dr. Robert Walton, Chairman and President of the Restaurant Association UK, expressed excitement about the event, saying, "Hosting this event at Ajeenkya DY Patil University adds a new and exciting dimension, especially as we resonate with the university’s dedication to encouraging out-of-the-box thinking."

Sean Valentine, Managing Director, World Young Chef Young Waiter, sees India as a rising giant in hospitality excellence and anticipates the competition to be a launchpad for young Indian talent to build global networks and learn from the best.

The YCYW competition aligns seamlessly with ADYPU's values of ingenuity, innovative thinking, and a can-do attitude. Both the university and the competition aim to nurture talent, inspiring young minds to consider professional culinary arts and hospitality pursuits. The competition will challenge participants, including young student chefs and service trainees, to showcase their skills under pressure and learn from industry experts worldwide.

Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil, President of ADYPU, expressed excitement about hosting the YCYW competition. He stated, "We hope to spotlight Indian culinary arts and service excellence while inspiring wider interest in this industry. We are proud to be associated with this initiative and look forward to witnessing the extraordinary skills that young professionals will bring to the table."

Renowned chefs, Chef Mario Perara and Chef Cyrus Todiwala, will judge the competition. Chef Cyrus Todiwala sees this as an opportunity to celebrate the immense potential of local talent on the world stage.

Registration for the competition opened on January 18 and will continue until June 15, providing a unique platform for India's rising hospitality stars to showcase their skills and make their mark on the global stage. Aspiring participants can register on the official website: Young Chef Young Waiter India.

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