CHEFS GRADUATE FROM MONROE
Chefs from eight leading hotels received Certificates of Achievement on Friday, January 23, 2015 marking their completion of a special last six weeks Chefs Administrative/ Supervisory Skills Course. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between Monroe College's School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts and the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA).
Last semester the chefs exchanged being in their kitchens to sit in classrooms at Monroe College and enhance their supervisory skills. Executive Vice President of SLHTA, Mr. Noorani Azeez, said he welcomed the joint efforts of the SLHTA and Monroe College and looks forward to strengthening the relationship to provide added training to SLHTA membership.
Course leader Winston Benjamin said: “The purpose of the programme was to enhance the quality of food service delivery. Also, it was to strengthen the chefs' capacity to cope effectively with staff and food service problems from a managerial perspective.” He noted: “Many chefs have great kitchen and food-related skills but in order to get the best from those whom they supervise and work with, they need quality people and supervisory skills."
Since establishing a campus in St. Lucia five years ago (2007), Monroe College, an Accredited American institution founded in 1933, believes it has been making a valuable contribution to higher education and the St. Lucian economy.
At the brief ceremony, welcome remarks were offered by the Senior Vice President of Monroe College, Saint Lucia Campus, Dr. Alex Ephrem. The Executive Vice President of the SLHTA, Noorani Azeez, also gave a few remarks before the gathering heard testimonials from some of the chefs themselves ahead of the distribution of the certificates.
The proud chefs all set to put their newly acquired
skills into practice.(Photo by Bill Mortley).