FHAM TALKS (Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives) in collaboration with Event Partner CDC Events Pvt. Ltd. was held recently in Maldives. CDC Events organized a series of workshops (FHAM TALKS) covering 6 Atolls in 4 Resorts on a free of charge basis for all the participants as a give back to the hospitality industry of Maldives.  The four resorts were Bandos Island Resort & Spa (covering North Male Atoll), Kuredu Island Resort & Spa (covering Lhaviyani Atoll & Noonu Atoll), Soneva Fushi Resort (covering Baa Atoll & Raa Atoll) and Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives (covering South Male' Atoll). 

Two more special workshops will be held in mid-July covering North Ari & South Ari Atoll, and In Male' a large scale workshop covering all the atolls.

These workshops were the first ever regional workshops done in Maldives. It was done with a view to raise the bar in Culinary and Food and Beverage sector standards among the participants who represented many International Resorts. The goal of the exercise was a two-pronged vision to better prepare the participants in performing at the forthcoming FHAM Culinary and other competitions to be held in Male’ while raising the standards of the Maldivian Hospitality Industry.

Key people including many General Managers of leading resorts were on hand to transfer their knowledge and skills in various aspects of the industry at these workshops to the 60 plus resorts that took part. They motivated the participants who are to take part in the FHAM Culinary Competition, FHAM Barista Championship, FHAM Mocktail Championship and FHAM Housekeeping Competition in July 2019.

“We believe this is the most impressive hospitality exhibition and competitions to be organized in this country,” said Yasir Mohamed, of Lily International (Principal sponsor of FHAM Exhibition).

In addition, a strong lineup of homegrown and overseas culinary experts, industry leaders as well as the owners of top Resorts, Hotels, Food Manufacturing, Food Retailing and Restaurants nationwide were present, providing a stage for domestic and international hotel strategists to convene and map out the future of their enterprises. 

Jasintha Senaratne of Nestle’ Professional (Platinum Sponsor of FHAM Culinary Challenge) stated that “Hospitality is growing quickly across the region supported by Governments, but it needs to be done properly to ensure everyone benefits from that growth and recognize its potential as a great contributor to the economy of a country. With this in mind, these workshops would help to benchmark standards in culinary expertise and the food and beverage sector.”