Recently, students studying in the Professional Chef and Professional Pastry Chef Talent Opportunity Programs (TOP) of the Dusit Hospitality Academy (DHA), the professional upskilling and reskilling offering from Dusit Thani College, were able to gain valuable industrial and technological insights into the current trends and developments in kitchen technologies. Special guest lecturer Chef Supachai Udomsathapol, National Corporate Chef, Thailand for leading commercial kitchen solution provider from Germany Rational, shared his expert knowledge through a presentation entitled Kitchen Concepts: Intelligence Redefined.
DHA students learned about the latest technological developments in kitchens and the factors driving these advances, such as staff shortages, changing guest expectations and requirements, growing competition, sustainability, and most significantly cost pressures. Functionality in kitchen appliances like combi-steamers and bratt pans now include simple drag and drop programming for cooking sequences, integrated interfaces such as USB and WiFi, allowing for Cloud connectivity providing centralized Recipe Management, Hygiene Management and Asset Management (real-time status monitoring and reporting) and more. These in turn lead to clear business benefits such as increased productivity, efficiency, quality, waste reduction, which also help in reducing costs and environmental impact.
The visit was organized by Ajarn Woottisak Simhong, who is the DHA TOP instructor for the module Kitchen Systems and Procedures. He added “The students asked many questions to further their knowledge, so it was a valuable experience for them, providing them with an opportunity to learn from an industry leader and gain a deeper understanding of current trends in the industry”.
DHA Executive Director, Zeph Norrish added “this is another great example of the DHA TOP instructor team ensuring our students gain maximum benefit in their learning and development, through close connectedness with key players and leaders from across the hospitality industry”.
TOP is a specialized skills development program designed by DHA (Dusit Hospitality Academy) under Dusit Thani College. The program provides a 3-, 6-month learning period which is perfectly fit for general public and workers who aim to step into the hospitality industry or step up to the higher position. The curricula are tailored following the demands and proficiency level in order to align with the learner’s skills, interests, and experience. The student will eventually become a skillful practitioner driving hospitality forward in the future.