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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

AWKUM Hosts Successful Cooking Skill Competition: Showcasing Culinary Talents and Boosting Employability


The Youth Development Centre (YDC), Tourism & Hospitality Department at AWKUM in collaboration with District Youth Office Mardan and Al Hamra Banquets organized a Cooking Skill Competition. The main objective of this activity was to provide undergraduate students a platform to showcase their culinary skills talent and explore other areas of employability and businesses. Career counseling, entrepreneurship skills development, job placements and encouraging other co-curricular activities were other striking features of the event. The first round started from May 21-23, 2024. Twelve teams from various departments participated in the competition. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Sher Afzal (Dean, Faculty of Business & Economics AWKUM). 

The final round was held on May 28, 2024. The first position was grabbed by the Department of Food Science &Technology; the second position was secured by the University College for Women AWKUM and the third position was secured by the Department of Computer Sciences Timergara Campus.

The Judges of the event comprised Mr. Asad Raza, MS Asia Baig, MS Robina Zakir, and MS Maria Shaheen who for their discerning palates, attention to detail, and fair evaluations have ensured that every participant received the recognition they deserve. The feedback provided by the panel has not only highlighted the talents of these contestants but also inspired them to reach new culinary heights.

Addressing the concluding ceremony, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir (Vice Chancellor AWKUM), extended his heartfelt congratulations to all the participants for their outstanding talent and creativity, which truly impressed everyone. I also wish to thank our esteemed judges for their meticulous evaluations and valuable feedback, as well as the organizers (Dr. Zia Ullah, Dr. Ijaz, and Dr. Shah Hussain Awan) and volunteers whose efforts have ensured the success of this event. The VC also thanked the HEC for establishing YDC at AWKUM and praised the efforts of the focal person Dr. Zia Ullah. He also thanked District Youth Officer Mardan and Al Hamra Banquets for their support as sponsors of the event.

In the end, the Vice Chancellor distributed shields and certificates among position holders, participants, and the organizers.