Caribbean youth display cooking talent

Nine teams of young people from across the Caribbean are ready and rearing to participate in a competition over the next three days that will showcase the region’s finest up-and-coming cooking talent.

The second annual Caribbean Junior Culinary Conference, which opened today at the Dining Club in Newton Industrial Park, Christ Church, has attracted teams from host country Barbados, as well as Anguilla, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, St Croix, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Divi Resorts General Manager Alvin Jemmott

Before heading into the kitchen to start competing tomorrow, the teams benefited today from words of wisdom from experts in the culinary and hospitality field.

General Manager of Divi Resorts Alvin Jemmott addressed and encouraged competitors to take the field of tourism and culinary arts seriously.

“What you do from here onwards determines what others are able to do in the future,” he said. “Tourism is our business, let us play our part,” advised Jemmott, who is also chairman of the state-owned Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Ruth Blackman delivered the feature address on behalf of Minister Stephen Lashley who is currently in Haiti for Carifesta.

She lauded conference organizer Chef Peter Edey and his team for bringing together and encouraging youth who are considering a future in culinary arts.

“Peter Edey and all others who made a contribution should be applauded,” she said.

Blackman expressed delight with the growing interest in the culinary arts and hoped that it would continue. However, she noted that Government could not do it alone and needed the support of the private sector.

The conference runs until Sunday.

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