Establishing a training facility may help cater to the need for trained chefs on the island, SLHTA officer says.
Wendell George, the apprenticeship officer at the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has stated that to raise the level of gastronomy in Saint Lucia, a culinary arts school would be a step in the right direction.
With the SLHTA National Culinary Team in the midst of preparations for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean competition, attention has been brought to the diverse culinary talents present in Saint Lucia.
Mr. George states that with the abundance of gifted individuals on the island, the presence of a culinary arts training facility would only serve to improve standards.
“I think that there is a great need for a culinary school in Saint Lucia,” he said. “Only a few days ago I received calls from a different restauraunts asking for chefs. It is amazing how much of a need there is for chefs on the island. That is why you find hotels having to bring in chefs from India and other parts of the world to come here and cook for our visitors. If we were to have a culinary school on the island we would be able to mould our own.”
George added that a few steps have been taken by the SLHTA to establish such a facility.
“I think there have been discussions between Monroe College and the SLHTA to start something of that sort, but that is a long term goal. Through the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the SLHTA will be able to do alot more for culinary arts in Saint Lucia.”
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean Competition takes place in Miami later this year.