Junior culinary team wins gold, silver awards

The Chefs in Schools Competition, a program devised by the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) is taking culinary arts in Saint Lucia to the next level.

Apprenticeship coordinator at the SLHTA, Wendell George, said the SLHTA is pleased with the progress of the program.

“Every year we visit six to eight schools where the chefs would do a two-segment program with the students. The first part is the theoretical segment that highlights the tourism industry and the opportunities available in that industry. The second segment is a practical segment where the chefs would guide the students in preparing a one or two-course meal that would be a main course and a dessert meal. It was from that program that the Chefs in Schools cook-off culminated.”

Champions of the 2016 SLHTA Chefs in Schools Cook Off Competition—Megan Felicien and Micheala Poleon are students of the Ciceron Secondary School. They represented Saint Lucia at the Annual Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge and Conference, in Barbados.

Micheala Poleon said it took hard work to get them the medal both locally and regionally.

“I am proud of myself and my partner. We went through some hard training, and it was tough because we had to balance school and after school activities. We had to go to training and training was about three hours long.”

The SLHTA’s Junior Culinary Team was able to capture the following awards in Barbados: gold for Overall Performance in the Mystery Basket Round and the Signature Dish Round; second place in the final round for the Mystery Basket; and the Spirit of the Competition Award.

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