Published: 13th April 2017
How MDIS will make your career sweeter
MDIS inaugurated its Bakery and Culinary Studio last month and we spoke to a few students about the institute
With the aim of preparing students for the demand of the Food and Beverage industry, the Management Development Institute of Singapore launched its Bakery and Culinary Studio on March 30. As we visit the 2,000 square feet studio equipped with eight cooking stations and two combi ovens, the MDIS Secretary-General, Dr R Theyvendran, fills us in, “The new facilities and programmes are a part of MDIS’s academic thrust to introduce more practical, skill-based curricula.” Inaugurating the studio was BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gray Maclean, who is a senior chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College, UK and his mentor and curriculum head, Willie McCurrach.
Schooled by the teacher: Gary Maclean has been a chef-lecturer for over 17 years and won MasterChef: The Professionals last year, being the first lecturer to do so
“This is in line with our 2020 vision goal to equip both students and mid-career professionals with future-ready skills that are, or will be in demand, by the economy,” says the Secretary-General. As the food industry has been on a rise since six years, skill-based programmes are the need of the hour. And clearly, this is what MDIS intends to inculcate in its courses. Gary too was of the same opinion as he expressed similar views in his address. Calling himself a “proud chef who is proud to be training chefs,” he says that the focus needs to always be on making students who graduate “employable and capable of getting a job.”
After Gary inaugurated the studio, a Mystery Box Challenge ensued between some of Singapore’s best chefs. In a race against time, they had to whip up a dish with a pre-decided set of ingredients in thirty minutes. Gary and Willie even honoured the students with a Masterclass on ‘classic cuts and knife skills’ which left us wondering that if this is what a student learns at the inauguration, then what wonders await them when it comes to the course!
Student speak: Shyna Bhandri
The reason why I opted for Singapore is because it’s a hub for tourism. I am going to intern at the JW Marriot, Singapore in May. In India, to get such an opportunity I would have to pursue my master’s, but here that’s not the case. I was here to do an Advanced Diploma but now I’ve decided to purse my degree from MDIS
Shyna Bhandri, pursuing Advanced Diploma in Hospitality, MDIS
This course provides more practical experience than book-knowledge. My internship at Jet Quay Pte Ltd was valuable in terms of developing my knowledge and skills in the tourism and hospitality industry. This is beneficial for a young student like me, who had no formal work experience prior to my internship
Mitali Surendra Sudame, Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top Up), MDIS