NRI students prefer VMSIIHE due to its practical approach and courses that provide both Indian and international hospitality lessons.
NRI students prefer VMSIIHE due to its practical approach and courses that provide both Indian and international hospitality lessons.

Goa is top destination for NRI students pursuing culinary arts

The tourism state’s rich gastronomic heritage makes it an easy choice

Tourists from India and abroad annually make a beeline for Goa to holiday and savour the range of global and Indian cuisines on offer in the coastal state.

However, Goa appears to be rising as a destination for young Indian students and those who left the country with their parents when they were young and have returned to India to follow their culinary goals professionally. That would be someone like Gadha Seema Gireesh, 19, who left for Saudi Arabia at a young age.

NRI students prefer VMSIIHE due to its practical approach and courses that provide both Indian and international hospitality lessons.
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Gadha is pursuing her second year in BSc Culinary Arts in Goa. She dreams of learning culinary skills under a Michelin-star chef and maybe opening a restaurant of her own. But, for now, she has chosen Goa to learn her basic lessons in culinary crafts.

“Cooking has always been my passion, and I realised I could turn it into my profession. I aim to work in a restaurant and learn under a Michelin-star chef, ultimately opening a restaurant of my own,” Gadha said.

Chef Sebastian Breitinger, head of food production at VMSIIHE , demonstrating culinary skills to aspiring culinary professionals at the institute.
Chef Sebastian Breitinger, head of food production at VMSIIHE , demonstrating culinary skills to aspiring culinary professionals at the institute.

Gadha is not alone to have made Goa her choice of destination for exploring her culinary dreams. And there’s a reason for it.

Goa is already on the international tourism map, and its profile as a tourism and culinary destination has been beefed up even more in recent times, thanks to the explosion of world-class cafés and restaurants which have mushroomed in the coastal state.

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Aleena Cibi Daniel from Kuwait also made a choice which was similar to Gadha’s. Aleena, also nineteen years of age, chose the Raia-based V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), and she has her reasons.

“I chose to come to Goa, all the way from Kuwait, because VMSIIHE's practical-based learning approach captured my attention. The college's dedication to offering courses in both Indian and international hospitality, including culinary arts, intrigued me,” she said.

I chose to come to Goa, all the way from Kuwait, because VMSIIHE's practical-based learning approach captured my attention. The college's dedication to offering courses in both Indian and international hospitality, including culinary arts, intrigued me

Aleena Cibi Daniel from Kuwait

“The hands-on experiences and demonstrations by professors, coupled with theoretical learning, have provided me with valuable skills and knowledge. The professor's hands-on teaching style, interaction with students and ability to find positives in setbacks also make the college an appealing choice,” shared Aleena.

The VMSIIHE campus in Raia is accustomed to the presence of NRI students, particularly from the Gulf and surrounding areas, who select Goa as a base to master culinary skills.

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With an emphasis on practical learning and guided by renowned Indian and international faculty having rich teaching and industry experience, the institute’s BSc in Culinary Arts degree programme is designed to nurture culinary talents and refine their skills.

Students also receive comprehensive training in various culinary disciplines, including the philosophy of the slow food movement, molecular gastronomy, plating techniques, culinary photography and much more.

With an emphasis on practical learning and guided by renowned Indian and international faculty having rich teaching and industry experience, the institute’s BSc in Culinary Arts degree programme is designed to nurture culinary talents and refine their skills.

“Goa's allure as a sought-after destination for tourists, combined with its rich gastronomic heritage, creates a suitable environment for culinary education. With hospitality deeply rooted in Goan culture, students at VMSIIHE are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in a vibrant culinary scene,” says Prof Irfan Mirza, the director and principal of VMSIIHE.

NRI students prefer VMSIIHE due to its practical approach and courses that provide both Indian and international hospitality lessons.
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“Aspiring culinary enthusiasts will undoubtedly benefit from the institute's expertise, resources and the rich cultural tapestry of Goa, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic and competitive world of gastronomy,” he also said. 

For more information about VMSIIHE and its BSc Culinary Arts programme, please visit their website at www.vmsiihe.edu.in.

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