06012019-LSTC-01.qxd 1/5/2019 8:10 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Great bond Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez enjoyed working with Leah Remini on Second Act. She said being with her friend just made things better. The film has been directed by Peter Segal. IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 6 JANUARY 2019 FOODFOR THOUGHT Globally, one-third of all food produced is thrown in the bin each year. Here’s how the issue of wastage is handled by luxury hotels in Tricity PHOTOS: ISTOCK MAKE A BUSINESS MODEL Mona S BIG WIN Nicole Kidman poses with the AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress during the 8th AACTA International Awards at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. AFP Deepika turns 33, launches website After an eventful 2018 with the release of Padmaavat and her big fat wedding with Ranveer Singh, actress Deepika Padukone, who turned 33 on Saturday, announced the launch of her website. Just a day earlier, the actress had taken to her Instagram handle and shared a handwritten note stating something “super exciting” was coming up, with a countdown. It left her fans curious. After the countdown finished, Deepika announced the website’s launch and captioned it: “Here’s presenting my website www.deepikapadukone.com. Love, Deepika” The post also includes a QR code directing users to the website, which gives a landscape about Deepika’s career. The website features the landmarks and awards that Deepika has achieved, apart from information on Live Love Laugh, a foundation she has been supporting to spread mental health awareness. It is Deepika’s first birthday after her wedding to Ranveer, whom she married in Lake Como, Italy, in November. As far as her projects are concerned, Deepika will turn producer with “Chhapaak”, which will feature her as an acid attack survivor. GREETINGS POUR IN On her birthday, she received greetings on social media from celebrities like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Preity Zinta and Manish Malhotra. Here’s what they had to say: MADHURI DIXIT NENE: Happy Birthday darling Deepika Padukone! Hope this year brings you all that your heart desires. Have a good one. MANISH MALHOTRA: The very beautiful Deepika OMEONE is dying for the food you are throwing away... rather simple and literal, yet United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation pegs the loss at $1 trillion – globally, one-third of all food produced is thrown in the bin every year. Britain has appointed its first food waste chief last week; here is a quick check on how Tricity deals with the issue of wastage. PROPER MEASURES Adopting a pro-active approach, Taj, Chandigarh packs food surplus from the buffet for the staff. “Even at banquet functions there is a strict process to check wastage,” says Executive Chef Ranvijay Singh. “Wish people were as conscientious,” says Dhanambir Chaudhary. Fourteen years handling Red Tag Caterers, his heart goes out for patilas full of sumptuous delicacies that could feed so many. One of the core values of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group is to Padukone... Happy Birthday keep that gorgeous smile always. PREITY ZINTA: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone. Wish you loads of love, happiness, joy and laughter always. URVASHI RAUTELA: Here’s to the one who inspires everyone with her unwavering determination and passion! The one we all love, adore and respect - The Queen of Hearts. Happiest birthday Deepika Padukone. MIKA SINGH: Happy birthday to the most gorgeous, beautiful, talented and down to earth actress Deepika Padukone. May God bless you with loads of happiness, success and prosperity. DAINA PENTY: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone! Sending you lots of love and hugs... Have a super duper one. — IANS c m y b “A decade-and-a-half in the industry, from Boston to Bengaluru, I have seen food binned everywhere, says chef-consultant Ashish Manchanda. Founder of bespoke hospitality consulting, Advisure, he sees hope though, “Millennials are concerned about their conduct. While NGOs have tried to do their bit, unless someone makes a business model out of it and generate profit, little progress can be made on the ground.” 'minimise wastage'. “Since 2017, we have tied-up with The Robin Hood Army, an NGO, which works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to serve the less fortunate people,” says Imit Arora, General Manager, The Lalit Chandigarh. BIG WASTE While efforts have been initiated in different states, the response been rather tepid. Mithelesh Khandelwal, who runs supermarkets in Tricty, recalls how few years back Khandelwal Samaj tried sticking to 11 dishes for a feast at Jaipur. “The idea was not to waste food; nobody would eat at functions that served more than 11 dishes. It met resistance and was soon lost.” “It’s the typical north-Indian ‘show off’ culture that is at the root of this wastage,” insists Chaudhary. He lately had a client who insisted on serving fancy seafood at a wedding. Despite being told that there are hardly any takers for sea food in the region, he was adamant. “I am paying, you follow,” was the response he got. SINCERE EFFORTS Last year, Surinder Rawat, founder, Nav Chetana, started with the drive to collect surplus food and distribute it to the needy. They carry food in plastic bags to be delivered to nearest place like PGI, Sector 16 hospital or wherever they could find migrant labour. Efforts are on by eateries and NGOs, but no workable model has been formed so far. “Hotels demand a collection time in between 11-12 at night. It’s difficult to get volunteers at that hour. Then there is the issue of storage till the next morning. We have plans to tie up with Uber, Ola or auto drivers to help us transport stuff to the nearest place, where it could be put to good use,” adds Rawat. email@example.com WHILE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN INITIATED IN DIFFERENT STATES TO CHECK FOOD WASTAGE, THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN RATHER TEPID
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