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Three-Course Weekend Delights

Trevon Stoute

2015 Professional Chef Cook-Off winner Trevon Stoute

The usual sporting complex of the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium was transformed into a culinary arena and marketplace last weekend, November 13-15, 2015 when the Roberts sponsored event in association with Caribbean Cuizine tagged a Three-Course Weekend, got underway.

This rebranded arena and marketplace gave the public an entire weekend to interact with some of the best emerging Chefs and Culinary Entrepreneurs on the NIFCA Culinary landscape.  It also emitted tantalising aromas and offered treats to tempt the public’s taste buds from a variety of award-winning NIFCA 2015 exhibitors, with their array of 100% locally produced products on sale, especially those from the Culinary Arts discipline.  Also available in the exhibition space was product sampling from sponsors, along with fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase in the Farmer’s Market.
Kerry-Ann Walters

2015 Best Bajan Cook winner Kerry-Ann Walters

The appetizer in the first course on Friday, November 13 focussed mainly on schools during the morning sessions.  The students in attendance sat in on Workshops giving tips on knife skills facilitated by Chef Glenroy Alleyne and the teaching of the rudiments of making unique ice creams like the sweet potato flavour on offer from Marion Hart (MBE).  In the latter part of the evening the Mixologists stirred it up in a battle for bragging rights where Ryan Adamson walked away with The Dining Club Group of Companies Award for the most outstanding professional in the Bartending Competition, $1000 cash and a trophy.

For the Entrée on the second day, Saturday November 14, the Three-Course Weekend served up a Celebrity Showcase with appearances from a variety of persons across the
Celebrity Showcase

Filmmaker and Director of the Praise Academy of Dance, Marcia Weekes, won the popularity vote in the 2015 Celebrity Showcase.

diplomatic, business, broadcast and cultural communities, along with the semifinals of the Professional Chef Cook-off and the Best Bajan Cook.  In the Celebrity Showcase the ‘wannabe’ chefs invited, put their flair on some interesting and exciting dishes for patrons to enjoy.  In this fun component, Marcia Weekes, Filmmaker and also Director of the Praise Academy of Dance, took the most popularity votes for her Honey Ginger Chicken, followed by Her Excellency Wang Ke, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, with an array of Chinese delicacies and the 2015 Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Monarch, William ‘Classic’ Waithe with his dish Something’s Fishy.

The “Kitchen Heat Stadium” was ablaze with a heated semifinal between the Professional Chefs that saw two finalists Trevon Stoute and Nathan Crichlow advancing and a nail-biting race between the Best Bajan Cook contestants that took Susan Taylor, Jamelia DePeiza, Kerry-Ann Walters and Kerry-Ann Johnson into the final round.
The Roberts NIFCA Culinary Arts Arena & Marketplace in association with Caribbean Cuizine came to a close with a delectable Dessert course on Sunday, November 15 which included Chef Edey’s sumptuous Feast and the finals of both competitions where Professional Chef, Trevon Stoute and Best Bajan Cook Kerry-Ann Walters, a returning participant who placed second in last year’s competition, emerged the winners.
2015 Mixology Competition

Winning Mixologist Ryan Adamson stirring it up in the Roberts NIFCA Culinary Arts Arena & Marketplace in association with Caribbean Cuizine

As well as her gold medal, Best Bajan Cook winner Kerry-Ann Walters nabbed The Enid Maxwell Award with a $2000 cash prize and a trophy presented for the most outstanding gold awarded entry scoring 95% or higher along with a trip to New York compliments Jet Blue.
In addition to the main sponsors Roberts Manufacturing and Caribbean Cuizine, this Three-Course Weekend was also supported by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Farmer’s Choice, Island Ice, the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) and Divi Southwinds.
Last year, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) revamped the traditional NIFCA Culinary Arts showcase to put Culinary Arts under the spotlight and to creatively enhance the profile of the discipline.
Workshop with Chef Glenroy Alleyne

Chef Glenroy Alleyne giving the students tips on Knife Skills in one of the appetizer workshops.

2015 ROBERTS NIFCA CULINARY ARTS AWARDS AT A GLANCE:

CELEBRITY SHOWCASE – PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTE
1. Marcia Weekes, Filmmaker and Director of the Praise Academy of Dance – Honey Ginger Chicken
2. Her Excellency Wang Ke, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados  –  Spring Rolls, Shrimp Dumplings, Egg Tarts, Sweetened Bean Paste Cake, Chinese Jasmine Tea and Green Tea
3. William ‘Classic’ Waithe, Pic-O-De-Crop 2015 Calypso Monarch – Something’s Fishy
MIXOLOGY COMPETITION
Winner – Ryan Adamson of Mount Gay
The Dining Club Group of Companies Award for the most outstanding professional in the Bartending Competition, $1000 cash and a trophy.
PROFESSIONAL CHEF COOK-OFF
Gold Award Winner – Trevon Stoute
Workshop with Marion Hart

Marion Hart (MBE) taking the students through the rudiments of ice cream making at another one of the workshop held on Friday, November 13.

BEST BAJAN COOK COMPETITION
1. Kerry-Ann Walters, Returnee, second place in 2104 – The Enid Maxwell Award with a $2000 cash prize and a trophy presented for the most outstanding gold awarded entry scoring 95% or higher along with a trip to New York compliments Jet Blue.
2. Susan Taylor –   Account topped up $1000 cash compliments the Barbados Public Workers Credit Union.
3. Kerry-Ann Johnson – $500 Shopping Voucher from SkyMall
4. Jamelia DePeiza – Lunch for two for 5 days at any of the Dining Club locations
A special award went to Kerry-Ann Johnson for the best use of the Olive Oil Spread.  Kerry-Ann will receive a hamper from sponsor – Roberts Manufacturing.
PRIME MINISTER’S AWARD FOR ORIGINALITY
– Nomination:  Nesting Turtle    Shanese Phoenix
The winning plate

The winning plate for Professional Chef Trevon Stoute.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AWARD
– Nesting Turtle      Shanese Phoenix
HISTORIC BRIDGETOWN AND ITS GARRISON
– Nomination:  The Ellerton Primary SchoolBEST BOOTH DISPLAY
– Mars Yearwood
INCENTIVE AWARDS
The Belmont Primary School
Cornmeal CouCou with Honey and Seasoned Salt Fish Sauce
The Blackman and Gollop Primary School
Green Monkey Cassava Cake
Best Bajan Cook winning Dish

The Best Bajan Cook winning dish.

Harrison College
Breadfruit Au Gratin

The Ellerton Primary School
Green Banana Dumpling
Best School Booth
The Ellerton Primary School
NON-PROFESSIONAL INCENTIVE AWARDS
Bernice Chase – Good work in Preserves/Batters and Doughs/Beverages
Lisa Wall –  Good work in Cheesecakes
Leroy Barrow – Good work in Liqueurs
Audrey Watson – Good work in Preserves
Craig Haniff – Good work in Beverages
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