12 Par­ti­pants Vie For Barista Of The Year Award

Fiji Sun - - Weather / Tv, Movie Guide - EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA WAISEA NASOKIA DENARAU IS­LAND Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun. com.fj

Twelve par­tic­i­pants will be vy­ing for the Pi­azza Doro Fiji Barista of the Year award dur­ing the fi­nal to­day. The event has been hosted in con­junc­tion with the Fiji Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and Fiji Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing the HOTEC and Mof­fat Sa­lon Culi­naire at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort, Denarau Is­land in Nadi. Laite Cavalevu, among the four judges for the event, said they are look­ing for­ward to a tough com­pe­ti­tion this year around.

“We had a to­tal of 66 par­tic­i­pated in the re­gional events in Nadi, Coral Coast and Suva,” she said. Ms Cavalevu said the first top three placed from each zone qual­i­fied plus three wild card en­trants. “There will be two sen­sory and two tech­ni­cal judges for the one day event.” Also in the mix is New Zealand-based judge Nel­lie Strick­land who was part of the event last year.

“This year I think the com­pe­ti­tion will be more com­pet­i­tive,” said Ms Strick­land.

“I’m re­ally happy with Fiji that the cof­fee has im­proved and ev­ery­one is get­ting ex­cited and pas­sion­ate about cof­fee.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause cof­fee is big around the world, so mak­ing cof­fee is ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing tourism and as well as money for Fiji.” Ms Stick­land added from last year to this year, their cof­fee sell has ac­tu­ally in­creased a lot.

Back­ground:

Ms Strick­land has judged com­pe­ti­tions in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. This is her sec­ond year judg­ing in Fiji. She has been in the cof­fee in­dus­try, for the past eight years.

Ms Strick­land is orig­i­nally from a hos­pi­tal­ity back­ground for 19 years in dif­fer­ent ar­eas. “What in­spired me with cof­fee is that I’m very pas­sion­ate with train­ing, so train­ing is what I love to do,” she re­it­er­ated.

“I like to train peo­ple to make good cof­fee.”

This year I think the com­pe­ti­tion will be more com­pet­i­tive. I’m re­ally happy with Fiji that the cof­fee has im­proved and ev­ery­one is get­ting ex­cited and pas­sion­ate about cof­fee. Nel­lie Strick­land New Zealand-based judge

New Zealand-based judge Nel­lie Strick­land and Laite Cavalevu dur­ing the HOTEC at Denarau Is­land yes­ter­day. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

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