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U.S. Meat Export Federation hosts tutorial for Bahamas Young Chef contestants
November 16, 2023

The top 3 finalists (juniors and seniors) in the New Providence district phase of the 31st Bahamas Young Chef Culinary Competition along with National Round participants from the Family Islands got the opportunity to learn first-hand from top renowned chefs during the 7th Annual Bahamas Young Chef Culinary Conference.

The two-day conference, which includes workshops, food demonstrations and a competition, officially opened Monday, November 13, 2023, at the University of The Bahamas, College of Tourism, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Leisure Management.

The annual event is hosted by the Department of Education in conjunction with Asa H. Pritchard/Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Baha Mar Resort and the University of The Bahamas.  The theme for the conference is “Celebrating Our Jubilee: Bahamian Cuisine…Our Flavor Profile, Our Food Culture, Our Identity.”

Earlier this month, a culinary team of executive and celebrity chefs from Baha Mar led demonstrations.  Topics included chicken fabrication and chicken shawarma by Chef Basil Dean and Chef Jessica Morales, and lobster curry with lemon rice and plantain chips by Chef Rabi Singh and Cecilia Williams.

Another session was supported by Elizabeth A. Wunderlich, Caribbean Manager, USMEF. The inaugural USMEF Workshop focused on meat handling techniques in preparation for the competitions. Chefs including Jamal Small and Joel Johnson led demonstrations using U.S. beef and pork. USMEF also sponsored a Signature Dish Challenge for senior students.

Story by Bahamas Information Services