Nepal’s First National Skill Competition in Cookery successfully organized in Pokhara

Hospitality is one of the fast-growing sectors of Nepal. In tourism and hospitality sector ‘food’ plays a vital role. There are many people that have skills in preparing variety of dishes gained from formal, informal, and non-formal settings. To promote their skills and recognize them at the national level, “National Skill Competition in Cookery” was organized by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)/National Skill Testing Board (NSTB). The event was managed by Gate Vocational Pvt. Ltd with the support of Swiss funded Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) Project.

National Skill Competition in Cookery was planned in three phases, during the first phase the participants were selected from 7 provinces of Nepal. Total 169 candidates participated in the provincial level selection. Among them 26 were female candidates. Two candidates from each province were selected for the final round.

The final round of competition among the 14 participants that were selected from 7 provinces was held in Pokhara. This was the second phase of the competition. During the second phase pre-final selection was done and 7 out of top 14 finalist were qualified for the final competition.

In third phase, final competition of the “National Skill Competition in Cookery” was held in 21st June 2019, at Pokhara. The opening ceremony was chaired by Vice Chairman of CTEVT Dr. Kul Bahadur Basnet and the chief guest was Mr. Man Bahadur GC, Mayor of Pokhara Metropolitan city. Similarly, award ceremony was chaired by acting Member Secretary of CTEVT, Mr. Ramesh Kumar Bakhati, where Honorable Chief minister of Gandaki Province Mr. Prithvi Subba Gurung was chief Guest. The winner of the 1st “National Skill Competition in Cookery” was Ms. Sunsari Nepali from Province 3. Similarly, 1st runner-up of the competition was Mr. Ramesh Thapa from province 3 and 2nd runner-up of the competition was Mr. Om Prasad Dhakal from Province 5. The winners of the competition were awarded with Certificates and received cash prize of NPR 100,000, 75,000 and 50,000 respectively.