The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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).

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