Wednesday, June 1st, 2016: Castries St. Lucia- Digicel in it’s never ending quest to help nurture extraordinary talent through education, sports, talent and arts, has collaborated with the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association to provide support to the St Lucia National Culinary Team at the 2016 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami from June 7th – June 11th 2016.
Digicel on April 1st 2016 officially announced its commitment to the St.Lucia National Culinary Team at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort and Spa, at the very first preparatory dinner organized for the team as part of their preparatory process ahead of the Competition. The team which is spare headed by Robert Skeete (Manager) followed by Rodroy Thomas (Team Manager), Refer Leonce, Peter Lawrence, Caron Jean, Martha Hippolyte, Elijah Jules and Edna Butcher all representing prestigious hotels across the island.
Digicel’ s Country Manager Siobhan James-Alexander was in attendance to issue the team with a token which included a personalized knife set in addition to being outfitted for the competition. Mrs. Alexander in offering a few words of encouragement to the team also highlighted; “Digicel is fully committed to supporting culinary arts and national development in St.Lucia. One of the ways in which we demonstrate this is through support for our national teams. This partnership with the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association is testimony of the confidence that we hold in regards to the authentic St. Lucian product and experience. One of the most profound and creative ways of highlighting that truly St. Lucian Creole, Indian and French product is through cuisine that will entice visitors to come over to St.Lucia. Over the years the National Culinary team has been exemplary in their representation with outstanding performances and ground breaking victories. With culinary becoming an increasingly popular field and career choice especially among young people, we definitely see the longevity in this investment for the next crop of chefs St.Lucia has to offer. “
Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association, Chief Executive Officer, Noorani Azeez in speaking on the importance of such sponsorship shared that, “Culinary experiences continue to be one of the primary reasons why guests travel today and for St Lucia it allows an excellent opportunity to present our fusion of Creole, Indian and French cuisine. By focusing on the culinary arts it will give us an opportunity to entice visitors to visit our shores and allow them to share in these masterful creations. The SLHTA is most grateful for Digicel’s sponsorship as by coming on board and endorsing the aspirations of these young culinary experts it is a clear indication of Digicel’ s commitment to nurturing the extraordinary talents of our youth. This partnership from Digicel will allow the St Lucia National Culinary Team to reach beyond their wildest dreams and present Saint Lucia’s greatest culinary offerings at an international forum”, Azeez concluded.
Join Digicel in wishing the National Culinary Team a safe journey to Miami and all the best in the Competition. They are all truly extraordinary.