|Students learn Lesson #1: Chefs love to cook|
|Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:05|
To be a chef one has to love cooking, Michelin Star chef Fernando Canales told an interested group of students who were treated to a cooking lesson by the culinary pro at the Point Grace resort Monday (Jan. 17).
More than 60 students from six local schools were given the opportunity to participate in cooking lessons from several world renowned chefs as part of the World Gourmet Affair happening this week on Providenciales.
Each of the five guest chefs hosted a cooking lesson attended by students from Maranatha High, the New Age Academy, Wesley Methodist, the Whole Gospel Academy, Clement Howell High as well as from the Community College.
The cooking lessons were made possible with support from the Scotia Private Client Group under the umbrella of its Scotiabank community program “Bright Future.”
“Everyone will take away something different from the experience, and possibly there will be the next top chef coming out of this group,” explained Ivor Abbot, manager of Client Services Scotia Private Client Group, who joined the students for one of the classes.
Abbot said Scotiabank wanted to help make the courses possible because “it is an opportunity to do something different, and we wanted to give this opportunity for training and hope to these young people. We hope it may help some decide they want to be a chef.”
That next top chef could possibly be Wesley Methodist student Keith Cox, who took perfect direction from Chef Canales while preparing a traditional Spanish dish.
“There are two kinds of people in the Turks and Caicos,” explained Chef Canales, “The ones who can cook ‘Bacaloa al pil pil’ and those that cannot. Keith is now one of those who can.”
The engaging chef shared lots of cooking tips with the students as well as sharing his passion for the culinary arts. “There are two important things in being a chef. First, a chef is learning all their lives. Second, we love cooking!”
The chefs were visiting the islands on invitation by five of the country’s top resorts — Amanyara, Point Grace, Regent Palms, Gansevoort and Grace Bay Club — each hosting a World Gourmet Affair event dinner on a different night this week.
Beyond the culinary classes, the World Gourmet Affair and Scotia Private Client Group are also dedicating the Gala Event to be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, to the six local schools. Tickets for the event can by purchased online at www.tcigourmetaffair.com.
A silent auction featuring attractive prizes from the participating resorts, the title sponsor Digicel and others will be held with proceeds going to the schools.
A portion of the ticket sales for the Gala Event will add to this total, and Scotia Private Client Group has generously donated $2,000 to start the fund.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:14|
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