SCENE CITY| Welcoming chef aspirants, the Hawaiian way!

LOVE, peace, and compassion were the three values felt as the Institute of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship (IChef) held its traditional welcome party for this year’s freshmen aspiring chefs—Ifresh, dubbed as “Aloha” on Sept. 8, 2017 at THE – Tourism, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship International Management School (IMS) sky atrium.

IChef culinary freshmen representatives wearing their culinary uniforms with pride

IChef culinary freshmen representatives wearing their culinary uniforms with pride

“Aloha,” the Hawaiian word commonly used as a greeting connotes various expressions or feelings such as gratitude, peace, harmony, love, kindness and compassion.

The Hawaiian theme of this year’s IFresh is appropriate for the mission of the school to provide a comfortable welcome to freshmen culinary students. It is a celebration of peace, pride, and compassion and gives an opportunity for the new set of aspiring Chefs to get to know the rules and policies of the school and to get acquainted with their co-Ichef students, Ichef faculty and staff.

NICOLE Hao Bian-JIB International Schools’ VP for education development with IChef faculty and staff

NICOLE Hao Bian-JIB International Schools’ VP for education development with IChef faculty and staff

The event was organized by the elected epicure officers, an elite chef organization of IChef.  Taking place at the investiture is the wearing of chef’s jacket, toque and clogs, where the seniors pass on the responsibilities and the most important emblems of a culinary student to freshmen which play an important role in the success of their chosen career. It signifies a beginning of the career for some and a great turning point for others. Everyone is reminded that whenever they stumble, the most important thing to wear is a smile. The seniors prepared Spam Musubi for the freshmen designed into an IChef logo surrounded with green, orange and yellow mini spam musubi which symbolize unity, camaraderie, and hospitality for the IChef culinary students. This was an arrangement by the class representatives of each level from 1st year to 4th year altogether.

SALLY Reyes, JIB International Schools’ corporate dean delivers her opening remarks

SALLY Reyes, JIB International Schools’ corporate dean delivers her opening remarks

There were also fruit tarts and lemonade for everyone. IChef senior high school students had a special participation, presenting a Hawaiian-inspired opening number. There were Hawaiian-inspired parlor games, too such as Kit-kit Lubi, Trip to Hawaii, and Limbo.

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