Glion students cook up exciting MasterChef competition

Glion students cook up exciting MasterChef competition

Recently, we announced that Glion would be hosting its own international MasterChef competition. On Wednesday 6 June, the event took place at our Bulle campus, with students showing off their cultural heritage and culinary flair in front of an expert judging panel.

An amazing event

Our students come from all over the world, often representing multiple nationalities. So what better way to demonstrate this than with a cooking competition? For those that are not familiar with the show, MasterChef is a global television series in which talented cooks compete against one another. Inspired by the show, student ambassadors Paul Leguay and Giuseppe Lombardi decided a MasterChef-style competition would be the perfect platform for Glion students to show off their skills.
“It gives people from different countries the opportunity to cook using their own cultural knowledge,” they said. “We have tried to create a multicultural event without removing the competitive spirit. Finally, we want the competition to be a caring and friendly game, one that allows participants to have freedom in their choices.”

Global competition

Six teams took part, representing China, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, and Egypt / Morocco. While a few team members cooked, the rest of them attended country stands. While here, they encouraged the 150 attendees to taste different food and drink from the participating regions.

The event was livestreamed in the lobby, with a judging panel made up of six Glion representatives. Benoit Carcenat and Fabien Foare, both winners of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France award, joined head chef Thierry Ray as the culinary experts of the panel. Additionally, student advisor Paul Chappel, Audrey Reynauld, Bachelor Programs Manager, and student ambassador Francesca Stellino completed the jury.

Tasting victory

The MasterChef competition proved to be a roaring success. Our students loved taking part – they were so enthused by the event that they have already begun forming teams for next semester. However, there could only be one winner. After conferring, the judges announced China as the victor, with France following closely behind.

As a result, the judges awarded China with some amazing prizes:

  • Professional knives
  • Kitchen books
  • Champagne
  • A plate of cured meats, cheeses and breads
  • Personalised kitchen vest

Finally, everybody got to enjoy a celebratory cocktail together. This brought to a close an amazing and enlightening event. Here’s to next time!

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Top tips to beat exam stress

Top tips to beat exam stress

Exam season can be one of the most stressful times of your life. While it can feel like there is so much work to do, and lots of information to take in, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. To help you, we’ve listed some top study tips to make sure you absorb what you need without getting too stressed out. And if you do feel anxious, our suggestions on tackling exam stress should do the trick.

Top five study tips

Preparing for exams can be difficult, especially if you keep putting it off. Following these five tips will help you enter your exam room feeling relaxed and confident.

1). Give yourself plenty of time – Try not to leave your revision until the last minute, as that will see your stress levels go through the roof. Creating a revision timetable, and sticking to it, will really help you to organise your study time effectively.

2). Organise your study space – Think about where you are going to study. If it’s in your room, make sure it’s clean, tidy and has enough light coming in. Trying to learn in a cluttered, darkened environment won’t help you study efficiently, so ensure you have a space where you feel comfortable and can focus.

3). Use previous exams to practice – If you are able to locate previous exam questions related to your subject, make the most of them. This is a great way to get used to the style and format of the questions. It’s also a good idea to time yourself, to help you get used to spending the correct amount of time on each question.

4). Discuss your answers with others – It’s important to try and get feedback about your answers from others, especially if you study alone. Whether it’s friends or family, don’t be afraid to ask them if they think your answers are on the right track.

5). Study with friends – Some people prefer to revise solo, but a group study session can be a great way to learn new things, exchange ideas and reduce some of the tension.

Managing exam stress

While it’s good not to enter an exam room feeling overconfident, it’s equally important not to let your stress levels get out of hand. Being panic-stricken isn’t going to help you do your best. Symptoms of stress can include tiredness, lack of appetite, blurred vision and increased heart rate. But there are many ways to ensure stress does not get the better of you. Here are some examples:

  • Take regular breaks – It’s important to study hard, but don’t let it take up all of your time. If you feel you’re beginning to feel stressed, take some time out.
  • Do some exercise – Whether it’s going for a run, hitting the gym or just a quick walk down the street, exercise is a great way to destress, as well as keeping you alert.
  • Eat right, sleep well – Try to get a good eight hours of sleep. Avoid revising in bed and ensure you fuel your brain with healthy food.
  • Avoid exam post mortem – Once the exam is over, try not to over-analyse it. There is nothing worse than hearing your classmate wrote something different for a question or to hear they found the exam easy when you struggled. It’s too late to change your answers, so relax.

By following the tips above, you can conquer your exam fears and be fully prepared for success this exam season.

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The magic of the Glion summer experience

The magic of the Glion summer experience

Want to have an amazing summer filled with unforgettable activities? The Glion Summer Experienceprovides you with an intensive but exciting two weeks in Switzerland and London. Not only does it give you a solid introduction to the world of hospitality, it also provides you with the chance to gain hands-on skills, enjoy field trips to amazing landmarks and make friends from many different cultures.

Three of our students – Giorgio Marchetti, Arthur de Buysscher and Orianne Begon – enjoyed the Summer Experience programme so much they enrolled straight on to our Bachelor’s programme. Below, they tell us why the Summer Experience is the perfect gateway to a full-time hospitality course.

Choosing the programme

Giorgio, Arthur and Orianne were all familiar with Glion prior to discovering the Summer Experience programme. However, Orianne’s route was slightly different. “I found out about the programme almost accidentally,” she said. “I attended a workshop organised by Glion in 2016. At the end of the day, two places for the Summer Experience programme were given away, and my name was read out. I was really surprised but also excited, as I knew it would be an amazing experience.

At the start of the programme, I was 90 per cent sure that I wanted to study a Bachelor’s at Glion… the Summer Experience made me certain.

Arthur and Giorgio discovered the programme by browsing Glion’s website, but had different reasons for applying. “I saw that it involved different aspects of the hospitality industry,” Giorgio said. “The Summer Experience programme gave me the opportunity to ensure hospitality was the industry I wanted to pursue.” Arthur, meanwhile, used the Summer Experience programme to confirm Glion’s BBA programme was the right choice for him. “I wanted to make sure this was the Bachelor’s course I wanted to do,” he said.

The benefits

Both Giorgio and Orianne enjoyed getting to explore London’s many attractions. “I had never been on the London Eye before,” Giorgio said. “The view was amazing.” Orianne was equally impressed by what the capital city had to offer. “We visited the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, which was wonderful,” she said. “We also got to see Wicked on the West End and visited Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC’s stadium.”

In terms of activities, the trio have individual highlights. “We had to organise a lunch around the theme of Wimbledon, the tennis tournament,” Orianne said. “We were separated into different departments, including marketing, finance, and food and beverage. Chefs helped us to create the menu, but we had to prove our creativity and energy, and only had four days to prepare everything.”

Giorgio enjoyed the mocktail class the most. “Not only was it interesting, it was interactive,” he said. “We had the chance to prepare our own signature mocktail and compete with other students to see who made the best one.” Arthur found the classes to be equally as thrilling as the activities. “You’re not just sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher explaining everything,” he said. “You get to work in teams on different assignments.”

Staying with Glion

Arthur was inspired to continue his Glion studies due to the multicultural environment. “I love to make new friends, especially when they’re all from different parts of the world,” he said. “Plus, we can all learn from the different nationalities on campus.” Orianne feels the programme reassured her hospitality was the right career choice. “It gave me confirmation that I want to have a career in hospitality,” she said.

Giorgio believes embarking on the Summer Experience programme confirmed Glion was the right school for him. “At the start of the programme, I was 90 per cent sure that I wanted to study a Bachelor’s at Glion,” he said. “The Summer Experience made me certain.” Orianne was also convinced. “My plan was always to study a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, but I didn’t know which school to choose,” she said. “That’s when I fell in love with Glion. The Summer Experience programme convinced me.”

Gaining the right skills

Giorgio feels the Summer Experience helped him prepare for the Bachelor’s programme. “I believe it gave me the social skills needed,” he said. “It taught me to overcome the anxiety of being so far away from home. The Summer Experience programme gave me the preparation I needed, and I now have friends from all over the world.”

Orianne agrees. “The Summer Experience programme will give you the tools needed to enter the programme,” she said. “It improved my language skills, making me more able to communicate with others. If you enrol on Glion’s Summer Experience, by the time it comes to applying for the Bachelor’s you will already feel at home and will see plenty of familiar faces. Also, you will already have the Glion spirit inside you.

“Believe me, you will not be disappointed.”

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Glion students discuss the benefits of teamwork in their project with UEFA

Glion students discuss the benefits of teamwork in their project with UEFA

When you study at Glion, you have the opportunity to work with world-class companies and create a strong professional network. In our recent article, we spoke to Anastasiia Papish, Barbora Veneckova and Symbat Khakim. The three students, currently in their seventh semester, spoke about an amazing project they have been conducting with European football governing body UEFA.

The trio are about to conduct an Applied Business Project (ABP), which is part of our BA Hospitality Management programme. The aim of an ABP is to find innovative solutions to a business problem, challenge or need. Anastasiia and the team are working on a project to create a manual for the Champions Club, the private area for sponsors, guests and more at Champions League football games. The students are also creating a social media campaign, which can be viewed on Instagram.

Effective teamwork

Anastasiia says it is important for their team to be comprised of equals, rather than having one specific leader. “We like to work this way,” she said. “We do not have specific roles within the team. We are doing the research all together and making sure we understand all of the details. Once we’ve done that, we’ll separate the tasks.”

However, Symbat feels the group understands just who prefers to do what and where each member’s talent lies. “Barbora, for example, loves to do the literature review, whereas I’m not a fan,” she said. “Hence, I am more in charge of the methodology. We are aware of each of our strengths and we try to use them the best way we can to achieve the right results.”

Symbat believes they are working well together as a team. “We knew each other already,” she explained. “We are a small team and we can easily organise things. Alongside this, we are organising the Cultural Fair, Sports Day and Glion’s Got Talent.”

For the team, there is a lot of work ahead. “We will have to create the event plan, with the running orders and budget objectives, as this is the first part of our grade,” Barbora said. “Then we have to market the project and create the marketing plan, so that is the second part of the project. That’s graded separately.”

“Then there is the third part,” Symbat added. “Which is the actual results. We will measure the customer satisfaction and reflect on our entire project.”

The ABP is part of the trio’s International Event Management specialisation, which is providing them with the skills they need to successfully complete this project.

Working with UEFA

The ABP is part of the trio’s International Event Management specialisation, which is providing them with the skills they need to successfully complete this project. One week before they arrived on campus, they went on an organised visit of UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon. “We had a meeting with their team, who told us what the project is all about and what they expect from us,” Barbora said. “We had a nice tour and we really liked it. Their team is very young, dynamic and international, and shows a very nice work environment.”

Symbat says the group has remained in regular contact with the UEFA team throughout their project. “We give them a constant update on our timelines, deadlines and plans,” she said. “There are also a few organised Q & A sessions, where we will either meet in person or discuss things through Skype.”

The students also posted on social media directly from Rome, where they attended the Champions League quarter-final match between AS Roma and Barcelona.

About the team

Anastasiia (originally from Ukraine), Barbora (Czech Republic) and Symbat (Kazakhstan) keep themselves busy outside of their studies. Barbora frequently attends the gym, Anastasiia is an accomplished snowboarder and Symbat enjoys travelling.

For the future, all three are interested in entering the events industry full-time. “I would like to stay in events, but I’m also interested in studying a Master’s,” Barbora said. Anastasiia, on the other hand, wants to gain more work experience. “I would like to work for individual event companies that are not hospitality-led. I would love to have my own event company one day.” Events is also something Symbat is keen to continue doing. “I would really like to combine food & beverage with events, so something like weddings,” she said. “I hope to work in the Middle East, preferably Dubai.”

Applied business projects are an essential part of our programmes, and enable our students to meet and network with leading brands, both within hospitality and beyond. Stay tuned for more stories coming soon.

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Glion Student Testimonial: Aimée Bordes

Glion Student Testimonial: Aimée Bordes

Aimée Bordes has been interested in the hospitality world from a young age, and fell in love with Glion after attending an Open Day. Since then, Aimée has developed both her soft and hard skills, studied across our three campuses and immersed herself in the ‘Glion spirit’.

Finding the right school

After graduating from The Francs Bourgeois – La Salle in Paris, France, Aimee was drawn to the world of hospitality. “I have been passionate about culinary arts and food & beverage from a young age,” Aimée said. “When it came to thinking about my future studies, I was looking for a pathway that would include F & B. Therefore, I started looking at hospitality schools.”

The first step for Aimee was to attend a number of school fairs in her native Paris. “This is where I first discovered Glion, and from that I decided to attend a few Open Days,” she said. “At Glion, I met teachers, staff members and students. Over the course of the day, I fell in love with the whole school. Glion offers a strong academic pathway, allowing their students to develop both professionally and personally.”

A multi-campus experience

Studying at Glion has also enabled Aimée to enjoy Glion’s three campuses, located in Glion, Bulle (both in Switzerland) and London (UK). “Glion provides us with lots of facilities, including restaurants, fitness centres and libraries,” she said. “We also have had the opportunity to enjoy various activities, such as visiting Switzerland’s lake region and the nearby ski slopes. The campuses provide us with the right balance of curricular and extracurricular activities in order for us to fully enjoy our time there.”

While at Glion, Aimée has developed a number of crucial skills. “We’ve learned technical skills involving housekeeping, front office and kitchen,” she said. “We have also strengthened soft skills such as critical thinking, leadership and research. Glion allows me to understand how companies should act in order to effectively sustain their own development, adapting to new markets and product needs. I am getting full insight on the realities of the market with specific examples and case studies.”

A global perspective

Now in her sixth semester, Aimée has enjoyed an enriching, multicultural experience, working with people from different countries while studying at our London and Swiss campuses. “One of my first group projects saw me work with some students from Asia, which was a real eye-opener in terms of communication and cultural differences,” he said. “We took the opportunity during this project to find the right balance between our cultures in order to let everyone add a bit of their personalities and thoughts into the project. This really helped me learn how to work in a multicultural environment.”

Aimée has also got to enjoy the Glion spirit, which she believes is more than just the education. “It becomes part of our everyday lives,” she said. “It’s a state of mind which all students, teachers and staff members share. The Glion spirit hits you on day one when you arrive on campus and never leaves you.”

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Glion students embark on exciting UEFA project

Glion students embark on exciting UEFA project

Working with industry-relevant organisations is a vital part of a Glion education. When you join Glion, you not only learn skills in the classroom – you advance them in real-world settings at some of the world’s most exciting companies. One way students do this is through an Applied Business Project, or ABP.

Want to find out more? Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of engaging, insightful articles and social media posts about all the thrilling, hands-on projects our students get to enjoy.

First up, we speak to seventh semester students Anastasiia Papish, Barbora Veneckova and Symbat Khakim. The trio have recently embarked on an amazing project with UEFA, the governing body of football throughout Europe. They spoke to us about working with established customers, improving special events and attending a Champions League match in Rome.

What is an ABP?

Anastasiia, Barbora and Symbat’s work with UEFA has been part of their ABP. Final-year students on our BA Hospitality Management program participate in an ABP, with the aim of finding innovative solutions to a business problem, challenge or need. This solution will then inform and aid organisations during their everyday business.

With the guidance of experienced Glion faculty, students get to put the skills they learn on campus to the test. They work with some of hospitality’s brightest, most renowned businesses in a buzzing industry environment. In turn, industry partners get fresh insight and perspective on certain aspects of their business. In short, it’s a win-win situation for both our students and hospitality businesses.

Working with UEFA

For Anastasiia, Barbora and Symbat – all students on our International Event Management specialization – working with a high-profile organization like UEFA was a dream come true. Their project focused on the hospitality at VIP events during the prestigious Champions League tournament. The competition sees some of Europe’s best football teams compete against one another until one winner is crowned. The trio had to develop guidelines for UEFA’s Champions Club, which would then be followed for the next three years.

“It is specifically about the Champions Club, the private areas for guests, sponsors, their clients and so forth,” explained Barbora. “The Champions Club is where special guests enjoy their time before, during and after the match. However, some of the people that organise these events are not necessarily from a hospitality background, so the management want to get this hospitality feeling more connected to the club.”

Symbat agreed that the focus was on enhancing the experience. “The project focuses more on the guest experience,” she said. “When guests arrive, there is entertainment, a DJ, a music bar and more. Our main idea for the project has been to improve the way these events work.”

With some of the workers lacking experience and knowledge of the hospitality background, the trio had to create a project everyone could follow. Anastasiia detailed the duties required. “We should take care of the logistics, and set the right location, time, schedule and program,” she explained. “Alongside this, we should also take care of the entertainment part.”

The idea is to generalise all of this for every Champions League club to follow, something Anastasiia calls “the Champions Club Manual.”

Perks of the job

UEFA wanted Barbora, Anastasiia and Symbat to sample just what these private clubs have to offer. They will attend the Champions League Quarter Final game between Roma and Barcelona, enjoying the perks of Roma’s Stadio Olimpico. “They want us to see the atmosphere in these private clubs,” Barbora explained. “As you can imagine, every football team competing has a different venue, all having different shapes and sizes. This is a big challenge for our project – finding a layout that would work for each venue.”

Attending the match gave them the chance to observe everything that goes on in the Champions Club. “When the match starts, the guests go to watch the match, which gives workers time to reset the whole outline,” Symbat said. “Then the guests come back in during the half-time break.” Every time the guests venture back into the club, the setup and the entertainment changes, which Symbat describes as being “like a small event within a big event.”

For Barbora, one of the key things guests should take away from the Champions Club is the experience. “People should remember it as a special occasion and talk about it to their friends,” she said. “Like, ‘this event was the best!’”

Stay tuned for more

There are going to be more stories about the unique, challenging and exciting business projects our students experience. Keep checking our blog and social media pages for more updates.

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