A Report of Victory! National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism claimed 1 Gold medal and 1 Medallion for Excellence in WorldSkills Competition

National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism(NKUHT)
A Report of Victory! National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism claimed 1 Gold medal and 1 Medallion for Excellence in WorldSkills Competition

Country:Russoa School:WorldSkills International Cooperate Type: Competition Start from:2013

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  • Chien-Hui Fan and Hsieh-Yi Hsieh from the Department of Western Culinary Arts, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) earned a Medallion for Excellence and a Gold medal, respectively.
Photo of Chien-Hui Fan (left) and Chair Kuan-Ding Chen (right) of Department of Western Culinary Arts, taken at the 45th WorldSkills Competition

A Report of Victory! National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism claimed 1 Gold medal and 1 Medallion for Excellence in WorldSkills Competition

 

The 45th WorldSkills Competition held in Russia was attended by more than 1,300 skillful competitors from 63 countries, with 58 national technical and vocational representatives from Taiwan achieving the brilliant result of 5 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, 5 Bronze medals, and 23 Medallions for Excellence in total. Among our national representatives, Chien-Hui Fan and Hsieh-Yi Hsieh from the Department of Western Culinary Arts, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) earned a Medallion for Excellence and a Gold medal, respectively. Having fulfilled the expectations of their teachers, family and friends, and brought honor to their school, all the while showing the world the talent cultivation and culinary education potentials of Taiwan, they well deserve being called the pride of Taiwan.

 

Chair Han-Hsiung Liao of Department of Baking Technology and Management and of Extension Education Center, who was the leading instructor for this participation, remarked that Fan entered the “Cooking” skill competition, whereas Hsieh took part in “Bakery” skill competition under instructions from Chair Kuan-Ding Chen of Department of Western Culinary Arts. Students of NKUHT have always delivered outstanding performances in various contests for these two skills both domestically and overseas. For this competition, he and Chair Kuan-Ding Chen of Department of Western Culinary Arts spared no efforts in teaching and guiding their students, while also being fully assisted by Associate Professor Hsiao-I Hou of Department of Applied English with translation, and by other administrative units such as the General Affairs Office with all the software and hardware needed for practice. Moreover, the Sprout Project, Department of Western Culinary Arts and Department of Baking Technology and Management’s friendly industry-academia collaborating businesses had offered subsidies and materials for student practicing. All these efforts were channeled into allowing the students to focus on the competition without worries. During the intensive pre-trip training, the two national representatives were determined to give their best and had been taking simulation competitions at the university or intensive training center almost on a daily basis.

 

The “Bakery” competition took a total of 15 hours over two days. Competitors must follow the rules and bake 8 types of bread including croissant, Danish pastry, brioche, healthy grain bread, sourdough bread, baguette, German pretzel and decorative bread, which was the most difficult of all. Within the time limit, Hsieh-Yi Hsieh stayed on track and completed all designated items and quantities one by one. For the decorative bread which was up to competitors to pick a theme, Hsieh chose “Ocean” based on his hometown in Kaohsiung, and created a bread work of reef occupied by sea creatures like starfish, whale, shells, jellyfish and lobsters. His work looked lively both in terms of color and form, leaving the assessors and a dozen fellow competitors in awe.

 

“After the competition had ended, I thought I didn’t do well and certainly did not expect to win a medal!” The closing ceremony was held on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 at 00:30 a.m. TST. Upon hearing the announcement that he was awarded the Gold medal along with the Swiss Team, Hsieh-Yi Hsieh entered the venue hopping and holding high the flag of Chinese Taipei team. He and his Swiss rival hugged and congratulated each other afterwards. When taking an interview after the ceremony, he expressed his appreciation to Chair Han-Hsiung Liao and other teachers for their teaching and guidance through all this time.

 

National representative Chien-Hui Fan from NKUHT won a Medallion for Excellence in the “Cooking” skill competition. Though he was a little disappointed, he still felt honored to be able to enter the competition on behalf of his school and country and create wonderful memories. He took inspiration from the sad experience and pledged to work harder, dealing with future challenges head-on in all positivity.

 

The National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism has recognized that both Chien-Hui Fan and Hsieh-Yi Hsieh did brilliantly. They had competed through regional and national contests as the school representatives, stood out in the national representative selection, and overcame the time difference to prepare themselves at the fullest on top of flying 6,644 kilometers to the cold, high-altitude locality of Russia. Whatever their results were, their sportsmanship and resilience were excellent examples.

Photo of professor Han-Hsiung Liao (far left) and junior Hsieh-Yi Hsieh (second from the left) of Department of Baking Technology and Management, taken after the closing ceremony of the 45th WorldSkills Competition
Chien-Hui Fan and Hsieh-Yi Hsieh from the Department of Western Culinary Arts, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) earned a Medallion for Excellence and a Gold medal, respectively.

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