Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) students Miss Fannie Foo and Miss Lim Yuwan came closer to realising their dreams of creating concoctions as world-renowned as the Singapore Sling, when they took home the champion and second places respectively in the National Cocktail Competition 2019 (Students Category). Their first time competing at national level, Fannie and Yuwan impressed the judges with their showmanship and scored high in taste and presentation for their mocktails inspired by Singapore.
“My drink, Bicentennial Breeze, was created with two things in mind: it must taste unique using commonly available ingredients and it needs to be a concoction suitable for any occasion in Singapore all year round. I also conceptualised the presentation based on what Singapore means to me – a green, sunny island brimming with happy moments,” said Fannie.
For Yuwan, the concept of ‘harmony’ is key to her concoction, SG200. “Singapore has come this far because of harmony despite being such a culturally diverse society. I wanted my drink to convey a harmonious blend by using a mix of fruit juices and ingredients. After many rounds of taste test, I finally found the five flavours that complemented each other.”
The recognition at the competition gives the two winners who are currently taking a Higher Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management a boost of confidence to further their interest in cocktail mixing. Aspiring to be a leading bartender in the near future, Fannie hopes to raise the bar in creative mixology as well as delivering outstanding customer experience – the two areas she considers the most enjoyable challenges of the profession.
Mr Isaac Joshua, Head of School for MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality, said, “It’s the first time that MDIS Tourism and Hospitality students participated in the National Cocktail Competition and we’re really encouraged by how motivated they were in preparing for it. Though not traditionally a choice career, the future of bartending in Singapore is exciting. The greatest win for our students is not so much about getting awards but gaining an invaluable experience to understand the professionalism that goes into the craft.”
The two award-winning mocktails created in celebration of Singapore will be launched as part of the beverage offerings at student-run café, Brew and Bites, on National Day, August 9.
50 Vietnamese students every year study at Higher Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management at MDIS. Head of School, Mr Isaac Joshua shared that the common view among lecturers and himself is that these Vietnamese students are generally a curious lot and very proud of their own heritage. Within a diverse classroom, as ours, it takes a while before they open up due to communication and cultural barriers but once they have adapted the hunger to learn and grown is evident. For example, they are usually the first to volunteer for events and out of class activities. Besides, they are hardworking and very respectful too which them easy to teach too.
Photos of the competition are available for download from: http://bit.ly/MDISatCocktailCompetition
About Management Development Institute of Singapore
Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning.
MDIS offers internationally-accredited education programmes in partnership with renowned universities in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition, its corporate training arms – the Management Development and Consultancy, and the Service Quality Centre – cater to the training needs of the workforce. Since 2010, MDIS has been EduTrust certified, attesting to its exemplary education and business excellence standards.
The institute achieved a double win at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA); it was one of four winners as well as the overall winner of the SPBA – Heritage Brands 2018. In 2017, MDIS was ranked 4th for the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions in spurring Singapore’s economy.
Apart from the main S$35 million, three-hectare land Singapore campus in Stirling Road, MDIS has international campuses in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as in Johor, Malaysia. MDIS also has representative offices in China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as agents throughout Southeast Asia.
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