Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Annabelle Rodrigues

KURLA, OCTOBER 05, 2011: "Variety is the spice of life" they say and at the Hospitality Department of Don Bosco College, Kurla they take it seriously. So, what's Cooking?
'The School of Empowerment" is the latest offering at DBCL, Kurla. This is no hash-dash sloshed on your plate offering. Like good wine the idea took three long years to mature and the joy was evident when "The School of Empowerment" was inaugurated on September 12, 2011.

The purpose of the School of Empowerment is to offer opportunities to anyone in the skills sector especially to acquire vocational skills for self development and launch out in a new way thus creating new business ventures. Since this school is situated in DBCL the participant has the facility to draw on entrepreneurship development consultancy available at our Centre for Social Change.

The maiden program off the block is a culinary one. This intensive training is coordinated by celebrity Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, who spearheaded this endeavor. With the ribbon cut, Samai lit and a prayer to the Heavens, Fr. Adolph the Rector blessed equipment and students and the modern video-enabled "Studio Kitchen" was ready for use by the first batch of twenty two participants. In keeping with tradition, milk boiled over to signify prosperity and plenty.

The participants listened eagerly to the instructions given as the mysteries of the culinary world were unraveled. Chef Harpal Singh demonstrated the "Mother Gravies" of Indian Cuisine – delectable makhani, onion and tomato gravy, yellow gravy and yakni. He then proceeded to make extensions of these into a plethora of mouth watering Indian specialty cuisine. The transformation had begun.

At DBCL you still hear machines grind, saws buzz and motors whine but to that you'll smell the rich aromas of delicious cuisines and you'll ask; "What's Cooking?"

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