Hyatt Presents the Smile Foundations's 'Cook for a Smile' With Chef Vikas Khanna

MUMBAI, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Unique Fund-raiser Event in Mumbai to Support Health and Nutrition for 5000 Underprivileged Children  

Smile Foundation and 3-time Michelin starred Chef Vikas Khanna have joined hands to create an exciting and unique charity cookout - 'Cook for a Smile', presented by Hyatt Hotels in India on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Funds raised from the campaign will be used to provide education and nutrition for 5,000 children for one year. Chef Vikas Khanna has also joined Smile Foundation as a goodwill ambassador for the 'Nutrition for Better Literacy' initiative.


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The 12 top corporate leaders took a day off from their busy lives to don chef's toques to re-create their favorite recipe with the sole mission of supporting Smile Foundation's 'Nutrition for Better Literacy'. Each corporate leader was joined by the junior master-chefs from Smile Foundation who acted as sous-chefs. PepsiCo, Kitchen Aid and CNBC have also come on board and encouraged this initiative as partners.

Expressing his excitement for this initiative, Chef Vikas Khanna, Goodwill Ambassador - Nutrition for Better Literacy, Smile Foundation said, "I am very proud to join hands with Smile Foundation and help make a difference in the lives of children by providing them nutrition for better literacy. While Indian cuisine is going global, malnutrition is on the rise in India. Three out ten children in India have stunted growth. Therefore, as the ambassador, I am working towards providing nutrition to 5000 children this year. It's a small step, a small beginning for a cause that is close to my heart. I thank all the responsible corporate leaders to come forward and support this initiative."

"Making a difference in our communities is a natural extension of our mission to provide authentic hospitality. Together with the Smile Foundation and committed individuals such as Chef Vikas Khanna, we are proud to have been able to raise funds and awareness for 'Nutrition for Better Literacy'. Through our company-wide philanthropic and environmental platform - Hyatt Thrive - we hope to continue to undertake various fund-raising and volunteer activities through the year that emphasise our belief in Human Care and the Human Spirit," said Yasmin D. Poonegar, Director of Corporate Communications, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts - Southwest Asia Ltd.

Chef Hermann, Executive Chef of Grand Hyatt Mumbai and his team also created a signature mango dessert especially for the children of Smile Foundation at the event.

'Cook for a Smile' Participants:  Mr. Arjun Bafna, Managing Director, Seven Islands Harley-Davidson; Mr. Tejbir Singh Sawhney, CEO, Hindustan Colas Ltd.; Mr. Manoj Chacko, CEO, Kuoni Business Travel, Kuoni India; Mr. Sharavan Kumar, CEO, Children Film Society India; Mr. David Mansfield, Area Director and General Manager, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai; Mr. Amarendra Kulkarni, CMD, General Instruments Consortium; Dr. Ramen Goel, Ex-President, All India Association for Advanced Research on Obesity; Mr. Nityanand Shetty, Managing Director, Essen Vision Software Ltd.; Ms. Archana Kochhar, Founder & CEO, Archana Couture; Mr. Mohit Jain, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Kitchen Aid; Mr. Vishal Gondal, Founder and CEO, GOQii Inc. and Mr. Arun Chatterjee, Vice President- Depositary Receipts BNY Mellon India participated in the first ever 'Cook for a Smile' and supported the cause.

Speaking about the association Vikram Singh Verma, COO Smile Foundation said, "One in every three malnourished children in the world is from India. The consequences are long-term and it prevents children's overall growth, learning ability, going to school and a chance to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty for yet another generation. Thereby it prevents the country's growth too. In order to bring some real and permanent change in the lives of the most deserving children across India, we have brought together a diverse team, which includes celebrated Chef Vikas Khanna, Hyatt hotels in India and corporate leaders and trendsetters under our 'Cook for a Smile' initiative. The Smile Foundation believes in sensitizing the privileged section of the society so that they take active participation in the process of development."

Please visit the Smile Foundation website at for more details on the campaign.

About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is a national development organization working with a lifecycle approach toward children, their families and community. With a belief that education is the means as well as the end, the foundation is reaching out to more than 300,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India.

Hyatt Thrive - A Commitment to People and Communities 

In 2011, Hyatt launched its signature corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive. Focused on care and responsibility, Hyatt Thrive formalized the company's long-standing commitment to its people, the communities where its hotels operate and the planet. Hyatt expanded its corporate responsibility commitment with the launch of 'Ready to Thrive' in 2013, a multi-year philanthropic commitment to education initiatives in Hyatt communities around the world. Earlier this year, Hyatt also issued an update to its biannual corporate responsibility report, highlighting key milestones and initiatives for calendar year 2012. The full report is available at

For more information on Hyatt Thrive, please visit

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation:

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Ziva™ brand names and have locations in six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of March 31, 2014, the company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 554 properties in 47 countries.

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Primary Media Contact : Faiza Kapoor,, +91-9833313416, Ipan Hill+Knowlton for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Secondary Media Contact: Shifrah Jacobs,, +91-8939881444, Smile Foundation

SOURCE Hyatt Hotels Corporation

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