Natalie Haynes MIH, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University writes: Against the exciting backdrop of World Travel Market, Sheffield Hallam University hospitality alumni, students and staff came together this November for their annual event, courtesy of sponsors ExCeL London. The new Dean of the Sheffield Business School, Professor Kevin Kerrigan, sparked the start of what would be a dynamic and thought-provoking evening.
The chosen theme of the event was “Food, Drink and Society” and the audience was lucky enough to witness a lively panel discussion, featuring Professor David Foskett MBE FIH, Steven Henderson, Chief Procurement Officer at the Hashoo Group and Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Business School, as well as Michael Masserella from Masserella Catering Group. Topics ranged from culinary medicine to ice-cream making, from food service styles to memories of first encounters with hospitality, and from praising the diversity of the UK food and drink sector to the challenges of Brexit. Nobody left the room without feeling a strong sense of the global and diverse nature of our fascinating industry.
Sheffield Hallam hospitality students also presented a cheque to industry charity, Hospitality Action for over four hundred pounds, money which they had raised from tips earned in the restaurant simulations that form part of their courses.
The event also saw the launch of Sheffield Hallam University’s 2016-17 Hospitality Mentor Scheme, where final year hospitality students are partnered with recent graduates to gain support during their final year at university and graduate job search. Many met in person for the first time at the event and were able to cement their mentoring partnerships during the networking session. The noise levels played testament to the wonderful sight of current students engaging with alumni to gain advice, open up placement and graduate job opportunities and share a collective passion for the hospitality industry. Nothing short of inspirational!