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Saint Lu­cia’s “Cake Boss” - Co­conut Bay Pas­try Chef Ron­ald Estephane - re­turned to the is­land last week­end af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in an in­tern­ship at John­son & Wales Univer­sity, Col­lege of Culi­nary Arts at the North Mi­ami Cam­pus in the United States. The in­tern­ship was awarded as part of Chef Ron­ald’s prize pack­age as the win­ner of the inau­gu­ral Na­tional Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (NRDF) and SLHTA In­de­pen­dence Cake Chal­lenge held in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Dur­ing his stint at John­son & Wales, Chef Ron­ald gained fresh in­sights and im­proved his skills in “cut­ting edge” tech­niques and meth­ods in pas­try mak­ing. His in­tern­ship in­cluded ex­po­sure to new tech­niques in colour­ing cho­co­late, ma­nip­u­lat­ing dough and con­struc­tion of cho­co­late gift pack­ages.

“Here at Co­conut Bay we en­cour­age our tal­ented food and bev­er­age team to strive to el­e­vate our cui­sine on ev­ery level,” says Chef Purmes­sur, Ex­ec­u­tive Chef at Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort & Spa. “To have Chef Ron­ald win the John­son & Wales Univer­sity in­tern­ship not only fur­thers his culi­nary skill, but is a ben­e­fit to our whole team as the stu­dent be­comes the teacher, shar­ing what he has learned with us. I pre­dict our guests will be en­joy­ing some de­light­ful new cre­ations at our Cho­co­late Ex­trav­a­ganza and oth­er­wise”.

John­son & Wales Univer­sity is a pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion that was founded in 1914. The Univer­sity’s culi­nary col­lege prom­ises to “change the way the world eats”.

Co­conut Bay wel­comes Chef Ron­ald back and looks for­ward to him con­tin­u­ing to master his skills and share his new abil­i­ties with the rest of the re­sort pas­try team while pro­vid­ing tasty treats for all of its guests to en­joy.

Co­conut Bay’s Pas­try Chef Ron­ald Estaphane

re­turns from US in­tern­ship.

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