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Indian Catering and How It Has Changed

Mukul Kumar Sharma

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Catering is not just about invoking the taste buds; it is also about the sensation that is delivered to all the four senses. Indians enjoy their food as much as anybody else. Cut out the forks and knives and you add a completely new dimension to it. The mere use of your hands to eat involves all the senses and enhances the experience. This is the reason why the Indian cuisine is usually made in such a way that using the sophisticated cutlery are near to difficult.

The Indian Catering Industry when in the right ambience makes the journey unforgettable. But these days where the caterers are more focused on bowling the customers, the cuisine has merged itself into a new image.

Decades ago, when a communication gap existed between several regions of India, the varied cuisines, clothing and the language partitioned the country into regionalism. In terms of food, northern India is famous for its rich and spicy palates. There is no doubt about the fact that weather is the major factor. The north-eastern region was highlighted for its variety of delicacies and the down south was famous for their exotic flavours.

Thanks to globalisation, there has been a boom in the Indian Catering Industry and the regional specialities have overlapped themselves giving each dish a new look and a different taste. There has been a sudden growth in the number of hotel management schools and colleges as well.

Statistics say there are more than two million restaurants running in the country at present. In the earlier days the family themselves or a family cook used to take charge of any social occasion. That has long been replaced by the catering services which are ready to offer quality and personalized services. The weekend family holidays now however are usually spend at a fancy restaurant with a fancy meal.

Indian economy has taken a U-turn yet the catering industry remains unaffected with an approx increase of 15% to 20% every year. This perhaps is the only reason why so many youngsters are taking up the restaurant business and catering jobs. The ever flourishing IT industries are also contributing to the rise of the catering phenomena which has increased the level of income in the lower middle class families.

To meet this ever-increasing hunger of new varieties, the Catering system in India is changing trends and re-inventing themselves. It's also no more restricted to the homeland coz Indian caterers are leaving a mark even in foreign pastures.


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