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CAP, COTHM launch Pakistan's first, official National Culinary Team

LAHORE, 5th January, 2016: The Chefs' Association of Pakistan (CAP), member of World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) along with the College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) have launched the country's first National Culinary Team of Pakistan, today. Provincial Minister for Education, Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest at the prestigious ceremony held at COTHM-Lahore Main Campus. A large number of professionals from the country's chef-community and hospitality industry were also present at the occasion.

Modern Cuisine, Molecular Gastronomy & Food Styling

The College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) & Chefs' Association of Pakistan(CAP) organized a two-day workshop on Modern Cuisine, Molecular Gastronomy & Food Styling at its campus in Lahore on Monday, 22nd June 2015. The trainers at the workshop were Muhammad Raees and Mukesh Khaimji. They came especially from Dubai to conduct the two-day full time training sessions and demonstrations at COTHM in the specialized field of Molecular Gastronomy, which is a novel idea in Pakistan so far.

A large number of culinary students and professionals from the hospitality industry participated in the workshop and learned about food preparation using latest technology in culinary science, advanced scientific techniques, food costing guidelines and presentation.

Two-week long Cooking Competitions and Classes

LAHORE: Friday, April 24, 2015: Two-week long Australia Day in Spring 2015 and Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation (EWEN) celebrations concluded today at the Lahore Campus of College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM), Pakistan. The two-week long series of activities comprised several Cooking Classes and Cooking Competitions, which were held in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi as a joint collaboration of College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM), Pakistan, Chefs' Association of Pakistan (CAP), the Australian High Commission in Pakistan and EWEN. Chef Faiza Rehman, MasterChef Australia Contestant 2013, judged the Cooking Competitions and conducted Cooking Classes in the three cities. Ms. Rehman was in Pakistan on a special invitation of the organizers to judge the cooking competitions and hold Master Cooking Classes in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. The event was inaugurated by chief guest, His Excellent Mr. Peter Heyward, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan in Lahore on April 13th, 2015. He graced the occasion along with his wife, Mrs. Susan Heyward. Other revered guests were Ms. Ayesha Bux, Honorary Investment Consul for Melbourne, Australian Centre of Excellence, PakBoi, Ms. Shaista Pervez Malik and Ms. Ashba Kamran. The event was attended by a large number of chefs, culinary students, celebrities, hospitality industry professionals and other noted guests. Five female Member of the Punjab Assembly (MPAs) namely, Mrs. Rahila Khadim Hussain, Mrs. Farzana Butt, Mrs. Parveen Akhtar Maneka, Ms. Azma Bukhari and Ms. Nighat Nasir Sheikh graved the event with their presence on the concluding day. They participated in a cook-off between the female MPAs and the WorkingWomen. They competed with the WorkingWomen at COTHM's Studio Kitchen, Lahore Campus. Mr. Ahmad Shafiq, COTHM CEO, Mr. Zaheer Ahmed, Director Operations COTHM and Mr. Waqar Iliyas Khan, Vice President of Chefs' Association of Pakistan (CAP) ensured the successful implementation and completion of the two-week long event. The purpose of this grand event was to celebrate the longstanding friendship between Australia-Pakistan, along with promoting gender equality, women empowerment and emancipation in Pakistan.

Australian High Commissioner Visit

LAHORE: January 13th, 2015: His Excellency Mr. Peter Heyward, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan and his wife visited COTHM, Main Campus, Lahore today along with Ms. Ayesha Bux, Honorary Investment Consul for Melbourne, Australian Centre of Excellence, PakBoi.The purpose of His Excellency Mr. Peter Heyward's visit was to create collaborations with COTHM to offer Australian vocational qualifications in Pakistan.On the occasion, COTHM, Pakistan also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian Centre of Excellence, Melbourne, Australia to develop a project to promote women empowerment in marginalized communities of Pakistan.Mr. Ahmad Shafiq, COTHM CEO, Mr. Zaheer Ahmed, Director Operations COTHM, Mr. Waqar Iliyas Khan, Vice President of Chefs Association of Pakistan (CAP), Ms. Ashba Kamran and Mrs. Saima Irfan were present at the occasion..