5th HRANI Conclave held in City of Lakes – Udaipur

The HRANI Conclave took place on Friday July 26, 2019 at one of the most majestic convention halls in the country, Sabhagaar Conference Hall, The Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

The Conclave was inaugurated with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Guests of Honour Ms. Inoshi Sharma, Director, FSSAI and Maharaj Kumar Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, Executive Director, HRH Group of Hotels, Udaipur & EC Member FHRAI & HRANI.

Other dignitaries on the dais included, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI & Vice President FHRAI ; Amarvir Singh, Hony Secretary, HRANI & EC Member, FHRAI; Garish Oberoi, Treasurer, HRANI & Immediate Past President, FHRAI and Renu Thapliyal, Secretary General, HRANI.

While addressing the ongoing HRANI Conclave, Inoshi Sharma, Director FSSAI emphasized on the role of catering sector in ensuring health of citizens by ensuring safe food to the consumers. She highlighted and talked about few of the initiatives of FSSAI. Some of them were Hygiene Rating Certification including Responsible Place to Eat; Serving Alcohol Responsibly, RUCO and Save Food, Share Food and Share joy.

Maharaj Kumar Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar in his address welcomed all the delegates and also thanked President HRANI for holding the 5th HRANI Conclave at Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur. Sharing the legacy of Durbar Hall, Maharaj Kumar Lakshayraj emphasized on preserving the Indian culture and heritage. He also preferred speaking in hindi as a mark of respect and honour to the motherland.

Surender Kumar Jaiswal, President HRANI & Vice President, FHRAI in his address placed on record the efforts of CEO FSSAI in addressing genuine concerns of stakeholders.

While thanking Director FSSAI, he said “The industry is indeed receptive of various initiatives of FSSAI viz FOSTAC, Hygiene rating and Eat Right India and others. He also submitted the concern and challenge of FBO’s (central licensees) on Menu Labelling (a draft regulation of FSSAI).

He added that “We appreciate and stand by the vision of FSSAI as an authority of food safety and promoting healthy eating habits by educating citizens of calorific intake, but in specific customer-centric cases of food service establishments such as standalone fine dining restaurants as well as restaurants in hotels information on Calorific Value and Allergens may not function optimally.

He further added that by providing allergen information and nutritive value in the menu will result in making it a book as the maximum dishes in a Food Service Establishment has such ingredients (Cereals, Milk, Egg, Fish, Groundnut tree nuts & Soyabeans products etc).

He requested for an exemption for the fine dine units (standalone Restaurants or Restaurants located in a Hotel) and banquets (catering) from the purview of implementation of this regulation. While seeking the exemption, he also proposed to introduce an insert in menu as “Healthy Menu”

Renu Thapliyal, Secreatry General, HRANI in her address said, “We have organised three Conclaves in a time span of just last 5 months under the able leadership of President, HRANI. She added that the conclaves with an objective to sensitize members on hospitality industry oriented subjects these conclaves have been organised in three different cities (Lucknow -16th February, 2019; Ludhiana-27th May, 2019 and now in Udaipur on July 26, 2019). She also stated all the three events were very well attended. The response and feedback from the members on presentations and panel discussions has been very positive.

The conclave comprised of presentations on Re-purposing of Used Cooking Oil to Bio Diesel by Arises Enterprises and by Mr. Yatin Masurkar, Project Sales Manager –Food, Testo India Pvt Ltd.

A Plenary session on Food, Flavour, Trends 2030 and beyond was moderated by Celebrity Chef Rakesh Sethi, Corporate Executive Chef, Radisson Hotel Group, South Asia with Mr. Love Mathur, Corporate Chef, HRH Group of Hotels, Mr. Manish Joshi, Executive Chef, Taj Lake Palace and Mr. Deepak Kumar Bhan, Senior Sous Chef, The Leela Palace as Panellist.

The event was well attended, with much networking and activity during the Q&A sessions. The Conclave was supported by sponsorship by HRH Group as Platinum Partners and Testo India Pvt Ltd & Arises Enterprises as Technology Partners. The Hospitality Partners include The Leela Palace, Taj Lake Palace and Lake Pichola Hotel.

Fateh Prakash Palace, constructed during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, one of the greatest Maharanas of Mewar, ruled from 1884 to 1930 is an exclusive venue for royal functions, has been meticulously preserved for discerning guests.

The Durbar Hall Sabhagaar, which is one of the main features of the hotel, is of historical significance as in 1909 Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India, laid its foundation stone: The hall was originally called Minto Hall in his honour. Located on the eastern shores of the picturesque Lake Pichola, the palace seems to have floated straight out of a fairytale. The history-soaked interiors, dotted with miniature paintings, portraits, royal artefacts and the armoury of the Mewar dynasty transport you to legendary times.

The HRH Group of Hotels (the owning Company of Shiv Niwas Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, and Jagmandir Island Palace) has been growing through the 1980s to emerge as India’s largest chain of palace-hotels under private ownership. ‘Experience the Original in the Abode of Kings’ is the USP of the HRH Group of Hotels. In Udaipur, Shiv Niwas Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, and Jagmandir Island Palace are iconic palace-hotels, much awarded by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India over the last three decades.