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Inspired by the achievements of Saint Lucian Chef’s over the past years, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) will host its first ever Chef’s in Schools Cook–Off Competition” on February 22nd, 2014 as part of St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations.

The competition will include participation from several schools on Independence Day when student chefs will face off against each other at the Beausejour grounds.

Public Relations Officer at the SLHTA Zina Haynes says Saint Lucian chef Edward Harris Jr. has accepted the SLHTA’s invitation to be the guest judge at the competition.  Chef Ed Harris is acclaimed as being the season four winner of the Food Network Television Series “Chopped”

Ten Secondary Schools have been invited to participate in the competition. Two students have been selected from each school to create an authentic flavorsome dish from a mystery basket.  The competition will comprise of two rounds to select the deserving junior chefs.  The participating schools, were all part of a culinary programme conceptualized by the SLHTA launched in October 2012 called “Chef’s in Schools”.

Ms Haynes says advancements in the culinary arts sector has always been at the top of the SLHTA’s agenda—and accomplishments such as Nina Compton’s on Top Chef serves as inspiration.

The winners of the “SLHTA Chef’s in Schools Cook-Off” will represent Saint Lucia at the 2014 Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge Competition in Barbados.
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