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Learning Kitchen Hygiene Standards Through Field Trip

Hygiene and sanitation are two things that are closely related to each other. Hygiene is a health effort by maintaining and protecting the cleanliness of the subject, such as washing hands with clean water and soap to protect hand hygiene, washing dishes to keep the plates clean, throwing away damaged parts of food to protect the integrity of the food as a whole. Meanwhile, sanitation is a health effort by maintaining and protecting the environmental cleanliness of the subject, for example providing clean water for washing hands or providing rubbish bins to collect rubbish. Sanitation also has several other goals, namely improving, maintaining and restoring human health, maximizing production efficiency and producing products that are healthy and safe from various influences that can cause disease in humans.

Likewise, food must be clean and processed properly. In food management, there are 6 principles that must be considered, namely the condition of food ingredients, how to store food ingredients, the processing process, how to transport cooked food, how to store cooked food and how to serve cooked food. Food and drink equipment that can be used, such as plates, glasses, bowls, spoons or forks, must also be clean. Several things that must be paid attention to are that the shape of the equipment is intact, not damaged, deformed, cracked or has uneven grooves. Clean equipment is prohibited from being held in places where food or drink is placed or placed in the mouth because microbial contamination will occur through the fingers. Apart from that, equipment that is cracked, chipped or broken apart from causing accidents (injuring hands) is also a source of dirt collection because it will not be washed properly and we are not allowed to reuse equipment that is designed for single use only.

Seeing the importance of this, the OTTIMMO International Culinary and Patisserie Academy through food hygiene and sanitation courses conducted industrial visits for first year students. The aim of this activity is so that students can understand the standards for the process of storing and making food in a clean manner in accordance with five-star hotel standards. The activity which will take place on November 29 2023 will take place at the FairField By Marriott hotel. Around 61 students followed and listened to explanations from professional chefs at the hotel, starting from cleanliness standards in the kitchen, how to store food, ideal temperatures for food storage areas, restaurant rooms, to ballroom capacity standards at events. In this course, each student is required to make a report explaining what they learned during their field trip.

Our hope is that after students take the field trip class, they will be able to understand better and provide more knowledge about hygiene standards in the kitchen and how to maintain clean food, because everything will return to health for everyone who consumes it. Health is something that the body absolutely needs. Without health, humans cannot move and work. When you are sick, you really feel the importance of health for a person. So, let’s work together to maintain health, starting from the smallest things, namely paying attention to the cleanliness of the food and drinks we consume every day.


Class of Bologna Graduation

Graduation usually refers to the formal completion of an educational program, usually at the end of a particular level or program of study. It is a ceremony or event that marks the successful completion of academic requirements, and often involves the conferral of a degree, diploma, or certificate. Graduation ceremonies are commonplace in various educational institutions, such as high schools, colleges and universities. During graduation ceremonies, students are often presented with their academic credentials and may wear academic attire, such as a cap and gown, as a symbol of their accomplishments. Graduation is an important milestone that marks the culmination of a period of learning and a transition to a new phase, be it further education, work, or other life endeavors. OTTIMMO International Culinary and Patisseries Academy on Thursday, November 30, 2023 held the 7th graduation ceremony for class of Bologna for 69 graduates at the Ballroom of The Westin Pakuwon Surabaya.

The theme carried in this graduation activity is “Youth, Success, and Strong Character in Digital Civilization”, that is, we hope that young graduates with high enthusiasm are a reflection of today’s graduates. Success at a young age is not impossible in this digital era. Moreover, with a young spirit and strong perseverance, the opportunities for success will be increasingly wide open. With youthful enthusiasm, strong character, and supported by good digital civilization, success can be achieved earlier. Apart from graduates, the event was attended by parents of students and several invited guests, such as companies that have collaborated with OTTIMMO International. Not only that, government agencies also attended and gave welcoming remarks, such as representatives from the East Java Provincial Government, namely Mr. Haryanto from the East Java Provincial Culture and Tourism Service who gave welcoming remarks to all graduates, and also the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy also gave congratulations to graduates via video that has gone through the recording process.

It is an annual agenda that at every graduation activity the best graduate is always announced, namely the graduate with the highest achievement index, as well as the Most Outstanding Graduate, namely the graduate with high grades and is always active in every Academy activity. This year the title of Best Graduate was given to by Gladys Triana Tanri with a cumulative assessment index of 3.96, and the winner of Most OutStanding was Jason Ricardo Salim. Apart from these two awards, what is most eagerly awaited is the announcement of the winners of the culinary challenge. Culinary Challenge is a competition held by OTTIMMO International for students in each generation. The competition lasted for almost one semester while they were still studying, and the top three were selected. After that, one person is selected who gets the highest score and becomes the first winner, where the first winner will get sixty million rupiah. The finalists were Cecilia Sasongko, Christian Budiono, and Ervina, the one who won the prize was Ervina. All the audience applauded Ervina’s success.

The graduation ceremony closed with a prayer led by Miss Elma Sulistya, and afterwards ended with a group photo. Graduation is not the end, but the first step towards your future, congratulations to all Bologna graduates.