St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Chef Media Cooking demonstration at the Irish Town Primary School, Thursday (March 28), highlighted culinary opportunities in the tourism industry.
So Says Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism Allister Williams
Mr. Williams said the cooking demonstration also emphasized the importance of generating awareness about tourism among youth, as the industry is at the forefront of the St. Kitts and Nevis economy.
“To get kids start thinking about a career path, that is one of our missions for creating things like restaurant week and the school education program and so on because tourism is our number one industry and because it is our number one industry, we have to prepare our young people to preserve or sustain the industry because if we don’t do that, then we’ll end up with nothing to rely on to build the economy and to build livelihoods. So, I think demonstrations like these create a kind of greater awareness within the minds of students, perhaps they may not be thinking about tourism but from witnessing such demonstrations it will help them in their own personal lives as well but also will help them to start thinking about perhaps getting involved in the food industry, the food and beverage industry, the culinary industry. There are so many different levels one can aspire to reach.”
Executive Sous Chef at Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) Larry Monrose and two students from Irish Town Primary School who assisted as “helper chefs", staged the demonstration using locally grown ingredients.
Chef Monrose told WINN that visitors to the Caribbean love to experience local cuisine making indigenous restaurants critical to the success of the tourism industry.
“The importance of this event today is to sensitize the youth, the children of the school, on the importance of sustainable eating, eating what they grow, eating organic, eating local, and eating healthy of course. I think that the restaurant industry is the most important industry in the tourism industry on a whole. People, especially our clients from North America, Canada, even Europe leave their homes to one, come and get some sun in the winter season, and two come and eat and drink. Without restaurants providing that local cuisine, how would they be able to enjoy what the Caribbean has to offer.”
The cooking demonstration is part of the ongoing partnership between the Ocean Terrace Inn and Irish Town Primary School.
“We adopted the Irish Town Primary as our pleasure, we call it, to give back to the community as a part of corporate St. Kitts. We officially adopted them this year by giving them some recycle bins to encourage them to recycle and throw away their trash properly, dispose of the trash properly, and we just have a lot more in store for Irish Town in the coming future.”