Young Chefs at Caribbean Chal­lenge

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Caribbean Ju­nior Du­elling Com­pe­ti­tion is here again, and Saint Lu­cia is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tough culi­nary bat­tle against some of the re­gion’s best Ju­nior Chefs. SLHTA’s Ju­nior Culi­nary Team left for Bar­ba­dos ear­lier this week for the an­nual Caribbean Ju­nior Du­elling Chal­lenge and Con­fer­ence, Au­gust 19th to 24th 2015.

The team rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia com­prises the win­ners of the SLHTA Chefs in Schools Cook-off com­pe­ti­tion which was held in Den­nery. Ni­cola Es­nard and Kurt­ney Gill of the Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School are the cham­pi­ons of the com­pe­ti­tion for the 2nd year in a row. The stu­dents have been train­ing with renowned Gold Medal­ist Chef Eli­jah Jules of Jade Moun­tain. Upon Chef Eli­jah’s re­turn from the Taste of the Caribbean Com­pe­ti­tion in Mi­ami, he de­voted his time train­ing young as­pir­ing ju­nior chefs at sec­ondary school level through the SLHTA Chefs in Schools Pro­gramme.

Team mem­ber Ni­cola Es­nard is 18 years old and a re­cent grad­u­ate of the Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School. She is an as­pir­ing chef who dreams of be­com­ing an Ex­ec­u­tive Chef and owner of a chain of fine din­ing restau­rants in­ter­na­tion­ally. Her ul­ti­mate goal is to com­pete in one of the Chopped Com­pe­ti­tions abroad and to gain the cov­eted ti­tle of Chopped Cham­pion. Ni­cola is pas­sion­ate about cook­ing and com­pet­ing. To her the sky is the limit.

Kurt­ney Gill is 17 years old, also a re­cent grad­u­ate of the Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School. He dreams of be­com­ing an owner of a fine din­ing res­tau­rant in New York. He plans to at­tend culi­nary school in Panama in two years time and is pas­sion­ate about cook­ing. His men­tor is his mother who is a cook at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Re­sort.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the cou­ple is ap­pren­tice­ship co­or­di­na­tor, Wen­del Ge­orge of the SLHTA, and Food & Nutri­tion teacher Nashaka Henry of the Soufriere Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School.

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