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Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism

FCHT

Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism
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FCHT
Competitions organised for our students

The BBS Institute of Foreign Languages and Communication holds a presentation competition for university students in April each year. The three language departments of the three faculties take turns organising the competition, which takes place every year at a different faculty in Budapest. You can enter the competition with presentations in Hungarian and foreign languages, as well as poster presentations. We divide the students into sections according to the language of the lecture and the topic. 

In recent years, more and more corporate partners have supported the competition, partly by participating in juries and partly by offering prizes and special prizes. 

At the request of the students, our operational research and decision analysis department announces the model-making memorial competition named after our colleague Mária Felber twice a school year (in October and March). As part of the competition, students undertake to develop mathematical models of economic tasks. Different methods for this are studied in the decision analysis training by students of the Master's program in the course of operations research. Well-performing students will be invited to the competition, but others can also apply. We started the competition seven years ago in our faculty in order to try out the modelling learned in the field of operations research in a broader sense, on more interesting, real tasks. Later, in view of the growing interest, we extended the competition to the English department and the master's degree students in connection with the course of decision analysis. 

Popular competition strengthens students' creativity and receptivity to innovation, and usually includes individual and group problem-solving. Candidates will be given a set of preparatory tasks for the competition. 

We consider it very important to broaden the students' cultural interest and to this end, in cooperation with the Career Office, we would like to organise a cultural and professional competition for students, covering culture, history, literature and arts, gastronomy and hospitality, economics, commerce and tourism. 

The current themes of the competitions have always been the following: 

  • Renaissance Competition (2008) 
  • European Capital of Culture (2010) 
  • Flour competition (2011) 
  • Head to London! (2012) 
  • Wine Aces (2013) 
  • Brazil (2014) 
  • Kick the ball too! (Related to the Russian Football Championship - 2018) 

The cooking competition Olivier Roellinger, branded by the world-famous French chef, was launched by SeaWeb Europe, FERRANDI Paris, Yvon Bourges Catering School in Dinard and Relais & Châteaux and aims to promote sustainability, preserve endangered marine life, fish and other species. Although previously the competition was attended only by young French and Spanish chefs, in 2016, for the first time, the organisers extended the semi-finals to European level with the participation of 30 countries. 

In 2016 the East European finals Fanni Czompa, BBS FCHT the Bachelor's program of Tourism and Catering Specialized in Catering and Hotel Management featured student, successfully and has been in the top three competitors, and in 2017 Daniel Szucs, also BBS FCHT 3rd year student of the Bachelor's program of Tourism and Catering Specialized in Catering and Hotel Management represented Hungary and confidently won the Eastern European section. 

Due to the success of the Hungarian competitors, with the agreement of the idea owner and the supporting organisations, the final of the Eastern European section of the Olivier Roellinger cooking competition took place in 2018 in the kitchenette and educational restaurants of BBS FCHT. Participants in the international competition came from Finland, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia. The first-place winner of the competition was the Finnish rider, the podium second and in third place were two BBS FCHT students, Barbara Ramocsai and Norbert Csukás. In 2019, our faculty again organised the competition, in which Martin Pacsai FCHT student won first place. 

The opportunity to organise and conduct the 2020 competition was again won by our faculty, but this was thwarted by the restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. 

For more than a decade, Dr László Ketter's Traditional Gastronomy Competition and Conference, named after the former head of our department, the former head of the Department of Hospitality, has been held annually at the Gödöllő Regional Tourism Association, at a changing venue. At the event, our instructors will participate as members of the jury or speaker, and our students will participate as competitors, usually on a podium. Our team has won the first Hungarian White Table Knighthood Award, founded by the Olympic champion László Benke, master champion and master chef, on several occasions. Based on a partnership agreement with GKRTE, between 2013 and 2018, our faculty hosted an event that was very popular among both students and members of traditional gastronomic associations from different regions of the country. 

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of FCHT, an unusual and traditional chef and waiter competition was held in 2019 with the support of the Pannonian Academy of Gastronomy and the Hungarian Catering Industry Association. 

In the competition, the chef students of the invited catering high schools had to prepare a three-course menu of pre-described ingredients and two obligatory ingredients within a specified time. The young waiter students, who also competed on an invitation basis, set a decorative table, opened oysters, mixed and served coffee and cocktails, among other things. Competitors were also required to report verbally in a foreign language on their knowledge, which was judged by a renowned jury. Due to great success, the competition is organised every two years.

Domestic and international competitions, demonstrations, where our students participate successfully:

The two-day university competition, which is also highly acclaimed in hotel circles, is hosted every year in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2018, more than 175 students from 36 universities competed in front of a professional jury of nearly 80 people. The theme of the competition is always related to a challenge in the hotel industry. 

Preparation usually begins months before the event for BBS students, as teams of 4-5 people have to complete tasks not only on-site, but also during home preparation. The tasks to be solved are very diverse, and their effective solution can greatly contribute to achieving a good result, as the jury takes into account, among other things, activity in social media and solving a task related to the competition topic at home when determining the final order of the competition. In addition to professional training, leisure and team-building activities are also part of the preparation (e.g. joint dinner, hotel visit, introduction video). The students of the faculty have been participating in the competition every year since 2017, achieving a better and better position in the extremely strong field every year.

Every year, the Gundel Károly Business Students' Academic Society of BVHSzC hosts the International Youth Gastronomy Competition, in which the students of our faculty represent the University in the profession of chef, confectioner and waitress with significant success. Following the professional evaluations, the most skilful team can take home the race prize.

Between 2016 and 2018, a culinary workshop was held three times in Opava, Czech Republic, organised by the University of Silesia, with the participation of 5 countries. Every year, BBS FCHT students are invited to present their national gastronomy using typical, traditional dishes. 

Between 2011 and 2017, BBS FCHT students were regularly invited to a one-week gastronomic event called Saperi e Sapori in Florence, showcasing several European countries. Spectacular gastronomic demonstrations and gala dinners took place in Florence’s famous buildings, such as the Palazzo Vecchio or the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, where the Hungarian specialities offered by the students were always a great success among the guests. 

It is one of the most prestigious cooking competitions in the world and is held every two years. The final of the event, named after Master Chef Paul Bocuse, is held every second year at the end of January at the SIRHA exhibition in Lyon. Students of our faculty traditionally participate in Hungarian semi-finals and competitions every year, and after professional preparation, they help the competitors, assist in the competitions, so they have the opportunity to meet our Michelin-starred chefs and the media chefs they can see on screen every day. The media interest in the events is usually huge, so our students have already been able to see themselves in countless gastronomic media. In 2016, nearly 40 students from our faculty were able to follow up close the European final of one of the world’s most prestigious chef competitions - they took part in the prestigious event as a waitress and kitchen helper. BBS students have been selected for work that poses a serious professional challenge through their previous work and commitment to the profession. The result of our great performance at that time is that our students have been regular participants in the Hungarian Bocuse d’Or competitions ever since. 

Hospitality students regularly participate as facilitators in the NÉBIH Catering Chef Competition, which is held every two years during the SIRHA exhibition. Since the first participation in 2016, the students of our faculty have been helping to run the competition, raising the standard of the event with the usual professionalism. Last time, in addition to waiter helpers, students interested in the profession of chef were also given the opportunity to become the third commis (helpers) of the competition teams. 

For years, we have been present in several roles at the EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions called the European and World Championships of the professions: our students as competitors or assistants in domestic selection competitions, our instructors as trainers and experts, and the faculty as professional supporters. 

The results of our students and faculty are a source of pride. The winner of the 2017 SkillsHungary in the waiter profession was BBS student Bernadett Svajda, who thus represented Hungary at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi competition and won a medal of excellence there. The national expert and cook competitor at the EuroSkills competition held in Budapest in 2018 was Barbara Ramocsai, a student of our faculty who represented Hungary at the EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg in 2016 with the help of Dr Dénes Sándor, instructor of Department of Hospitality. Our instructor, Zoltán Kis, prepared the Hungarian competitor for the 2019 WorldSkills Kazan competition, which was hosted by the faculty's well-equipped kitchenette.

AccorHotels hosts an annual international hotel competition for university students. Each year, an interesting topic is given, and groups of students have to create a photo montage related to the topic of that year and collect likes. They can then advance to the second round, which can only be entered by the top 15 teams. The selection is made by hotel managers, talent scouts, professors. The top five teams will advance to the finals. Every year since 2017, we have a participating student team.

Organised by the Dukenet International Higher Education Network, an international online marketing strategy competition called Markstrat is held every year at one of our international partner universities. The network has 17 universities in 16 countries of the European Union, so our students who know English very well have the opportunity to test their knowledge in an internationally competitive environment every year. The game is played in international teams around the world, roughly two hundred thousand at a time, thanks to which a real, live, business environment can be simulated. The competition lasts for 1 week and usually, students from 10-12 different countries measure and integrate their knowledge, allowing them to get to know each other's culture, which plays a key role in thinking along with common European values and breaking down prejudices. 

Since 2008, the Dukenet International Higher Education Network has been writing consortia of successful European Union applications in various marketing-related research areas. Projects usually last for 3 years and seek to place a strong emphasis on educational innovation and to involve talented students who are fluent in English. 

There was a project where we conducted market research with the involvement of students for the largest multinational sports distributor in Europe and then redesigned the company's marketing communication strategy based on the results, which they adopted and implemented. There was also an occasion when we researched for the world’s leading cross-country skiing company, who then used the results. 

Most recently, we were able to involve students in the content development and testing of an application for a consumer protection program in several rounds, the further benefit of which was that we were able to write a scientific article from our results. In 2019, we presented the content of the article at an academic conference and the writing won “best paper” recognition. A further result of the 3-year project is a complex English-language course with an online and offline textbook and app that teaches you to entertain and thus meet the challenges of current education.