Sprawling over a 100 acres, one of India’s most sought after universities, Christ University, Bengaluru, the department of Hotel Management held their annual Chef Comp &Hat Comp Competitions. Celebrating 25 years of the hotel management department, the competition was open to fourteen of the top colleges in India. This year’s team had an added pressure of going in as defending champions. Hat Comp stands for Hotel Abilities Test. The events in this category included Best Manager, Ad Making, Housekeeping Skills, Quiz, Treasure Hunt and Product launch. The team chosen to represent our college for Hat comp were ShivarghaChakravarti, Swapnadip Dutta, RishikaBhansali and Sri Virinchi. Suited in white chef coats, we had Sachit Bindra and Vinod Kumar representing the college in Chef Comp where they dazzled the judges with their culinary display and bagged the Chef Comp trophy. A Rajasthanisetup was prepared for the first round as a lost recipe. A case study to test their managerial skills was the next round and the category ended with a preparation of a three course breakfast menu. The theme chosen by CAI was America! What is a breakfast without waffles! A national level competition like this involves some serious preparation. One lesson we stood by was, “what we know and are good at, we practice well; what we aren’t good at we practice even better”. A lot of hard work & research went into competitions like Housekeepers skill, ad making etc. where we were out of our field. But with the direction of the faculty, HOD and director and the dedication of students, we decided nothing is too difficult. The students bagged laurels and accolades in almost every category, 1st prize in Best Manager and Quiz, 2nd place in Housekeepers skill, 3rd place in ad making. Unfortunately you win some you lose some. All our combined efforts weren’t enough to win the overall trophy. But that didn’t mean we came back empty handed. What we had with us was experience and lessons learnt for the mistakes we made which are of utmost importance and a lot of advice for our juniors for future competition.