Lionfish Derby brings Industry Chefs and Divers together
The Saint Lucia Dive Association, in collaboration with the SLHTA, recently hosted a Lionfish Derby and Cook-off at Reduit Beach in the island’s north.
The routinely held derby was conceptualized in response to the invasion of lionfish in our waters. As is well known, if left uncontrolled this species can deplete our regular fish supply and threaten the livelihoods of fisher folk. Diving teams across the island have been successfully lowering lionfish numbers through daily fishing expeditions.
Also, the SLHTA has played an important role in addressing this issue by encouraging restaurants to create lionfish dishes for their menus. Saturday saw some of these masterful and delectable creations prepared by Chef Robbie Skeete and some young cooks from the SLHTA apprenticeship programme.
Tourists and locals alike highly commended the tastings on offer. Dishes included stir fried lionfish, lionfish ceviche, lionfish with a yam cream sauce and fried lionfish in bakes topped with tartar sauce and a spicy mango jelly.
The SLHTA plans to host another derby in early 2016 with even greater participation from local diving teams.
Chef Robbie gives a guest a sample of the lionfish.