Preeminent experts converge at ISH’s Concocting Conclave to discuss the future of Speciality Beverages and uncover new career opportunities


Gurgaon, April 17, 2023: Decoding the changing paradigms in the Speciality Beverage Industry, the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) , part of Sommet Education, successfully hosted the Concocting Conclave.

The event served as a platform for hospitality and culinary professionals, students, and industry experts to explore the rapidly transforming Speciality Beverage segment and the distinctive career opportunities associated with it.

The conclave featured a panel discussion on the paradigm shift in the Speciality Beverage space, moderated by Sommelier Kriti Malhotra, Assistant Director – Hospitality Studies, Indian School of Hospitality. The eminent panel comprised:

* Prarrthona Pal Chowdhury, Zonal External Affairs Manager, Pernod Ricard

* Angad Soni, Founder, Sepoy & Co.

* Pushpesh Pant, Indian Academic, Food Critic and Historian

* Shweta Pundir, Director, The Gig Pool

* Pradeep Gidwani, Independent Advisor and Industry Thought Leader

* Raja Mukherji, Director of Simba Management Consultant Pvt Ltd

The discussion highlighted the rising potential of the Speciality Beverage industry, the growing involvement of young women, and the significance of internships and graduate trainee programs. The panel touched upon the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on drinking habits and the growing confidence among Indian brands in returning to cultural roots.

The conclave incorporated masterclasses and diverse competitions, including Mixology, Voice It Out, and Beverage Wizards, providing opportunities for future hospitality leaders to demonstrate their skills.

Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO of the Indian School of Hospitality, emphasized the importance of responsible drinking and the unique opportunity the Concocting Conclave offers to explore the Speciality Beverage industry in depth.

The event’s focus on knowledge sharing and white paper formulation highlighted its dedication to advancing the industry through research, collaboration, and innovation. The conclave was a success, offering students valuable networking opportunities with industry experts, peers, and potential employers.

About Indian School of Hospitality

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institution of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is a part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across 8 countries. The ISH philosophy is to impart lifelong skills to students to help them succeed as leaders of tomorrow – giving them the tools they need to shape one of the biggest industries worldwide.

At its ultra-modern campus in Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), ISH offers an International degree as well as diploma and certificate programs in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Their undergraduate culinary program is offered with the expertise, know-how and industry recognition of the global École Ducasse brand, and their hospitality management program is offered in alliance with Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools.