Nilai University (Nilai U) hospitality students reach finals of Ultimate Monin Cup 2013 thanks to lecturer’s dedication.
Nilai University’s hospitality & tourism students’ hard work paid off when they advanced to the finals of Ultimate Monin Cup 2013.
This was the first time for both Andre Tan Kian Wah (Diploma in Culinary Arts) and Jason Tee Boon Lee (Diploma in Hotel Management) who competed in flairtending and mocktail categories respectively.
“I am extremely happy to become a finalist as I only got to the semifinal stage last year,” says the 20-year-old Andre. “It was a personal achievement for me. Though I didn’t win, a great part of it was expanding my network and friends through the competition, and this is especially important in the hospitality field.”
Both students trained long hours in preparation for the competition, including
day-long sessions during semester breaks.
There were no complaints though as the entire team practiced together and spurred each other on.
Both finalists were emphatic in their praise of their lecturer, Aliya Marnina Amirudin, who is a prime mover in getting hospitality students prepped for competitions.
“Our friends and lecturer-mentor, Ms Aliya, were with us all the way during our training sessions, including during the semester breaks, where we spent around seven to eight hours daily perfecting our routines,” says Andre.
“Ms Aliya has given us continuous support and she got me back on track whenever I felt lost my way. Her unflinching commitment and passion greatly inspired us.
Nilai University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism definitely has the most dedicated lecturers!” claims Jason.
He also wanted to thank his teammates and university mates who turned up in force to support the duo during the finals.
“Our friends are amazing supporters. I think they literally brought the roof down chanting for our names during the final,” laughs Jason.
“Winning would have been a bonus, but Andre and I are not disappointed as we had given it our best. Most importantly, we enjoyed the experience and it was a great platform to hone our skills.”
Jason, who is also the President of Nilai U’s Hospitality Society, believes that competing prepares students for the high-pressure environment of the real working world.
“As Nilai University hospitality students, we are very lucky to have been encouraged to take part in various competitions by our lecturers.
It’s not just about coming out top, it’s also about everything else – your effort, inspiration, enthusiasm, desire and most importantly, what you learn from each competition,” he concludes.
Nilai University School of Hospitality & Tourism actively encourages its students to take part in competitions as means of instilling discipline and exposing them to pressure-cooker scenarios.
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