Culinary skills on show

Culture Minister Stephen Lashley giving a sample of his buttered cassava and steamed fish dishes
Culture Minister Stephen Lashley giving a sample of his buttered cassava and steamed fish dishes

Culinary Arts took center stage today when the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) held its Arts Arena Expo at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Toni Thorne prepared opiten, which was flying fish wrapped in plantain.
Toni Thorne prepared opiten, which consisted of flying fish wrapped in plantain.

Professional and amateur chefs had their time to shine in front the judges and general public after preparing a dish and offering samples.

The event, which began yesterday and concludes on Sunday, attracted a large audience.

One of the most popular attractions was the celebrity showcase, which featured Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, broadcaster Michelle Arthur, entrepreneur Toni Thorne, Carol Roberts and British High Commissioner Victoria Dean

British High Commissioner Victoria Dean showed what is traditional British afternoon tea.
British High Commissioner Victoria Dean showed what is traditional British afternoon tea.

among others.

First timer to the competition Charlene Babb, who won a bronze medal for her sweet potato bread, said the experience was amazing and she was already looking forward to entering next year.

“Everyone was always encouraging me to enter so I finally did. I liked it. I came here with another group today but I already have plans on coming on my own next year,” she said.

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