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OTC launches new culinary training course

MUSCAT, January 2, 2019

Oman Tourism College (OTC), the Sultanate’s first and only specialized college for education and training tailored to the tourism and hospitality sectors, has introduced a new culinary course commencing January 6.

The new vocational programme will be held during weekdays at OTC’s campus in Muscat between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The syllabus delivered will prepare aspiring culinary professionals for work at international standard kitchens using English as their immediate mode of communication.

Dr Abdulkarim Al Mughairi, Dean of OTC, said: “We tailor programmes to meet the rising demands of Oman’s emerging tourism industry, especially considering the mass of impending opportunities guaranteed by the government under Tadfeedh in 12 months. We call all aspiring kitchen workers and cooks to enquire about how we can help them realize a career with qualifications that will equip them to work in some of the finest kitchens in the Sultanate”.

OTC’s teaching methodologies look to stimulate those who are inquisitive, creative, and dynamic in their approach to work. The course will ensure that students understand the entire hospitality and tourism industry in regard to their role as a professional cook and how their work in the kitchen brings the gastronomical element of any venue to life. Participants of OTC’s new course will learn to appreciate the importance of teamwork, working closely with their peers to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Al Mughairi added: “We have adopted a competence-based approach to our new curriculum. All subjects, where possible, have been allocated work process modules using our excellent on-site facilities, including three training restaurants with fully equipped kitchens, a bulk kitchen, a staff restaurant, meeting and conference facilities, as well as outdoor catering spaces.

“After their initial five week orientation and some intensive training in relevant features of the English language, linguistic tuition will ensue in tandem with the practical aspects of the module in order to ensure that our students are enabled through the acquisition of new vocabulary and communication skills relevant to their work processes”.

Students enrolling on the new course will learn the basic preparations required in the kitchen, safety and food hygiene, as well as the preparation, cooking, and presentation of basic salads, sauces and soups, vegetables and a broad range of hot dishes using an array of common stocks and bases, as well as pastries, desserts, and other light foods central to catering at functions.

Moreover, students will learn how to prepare buffets and other configurations commonly used in catering, in addition to the basics of menu design with considerations to cost control and pricing, purchasing, delivery, and the storage of goods with an inventory worthy of professional establishments operating to a high standard.

The Highfield Food Safety course is included within the college’s culinary training, delivering added value for students as a popular additional certification. Lobster Ink, the world’s leading hospitality education platform, teaches international standards, skills, and product knowledge to hospitality staff and managers in 120 countries.

As a learning tool used within the course, Lobster Ink will deliver insightful high-definition videos that students can use for continued study in their future employment, comprising a resource used by many worldwide as an international benchmark for hospitality standards. – TradeArabia News Service

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