JCDC Culinary Workshops To Push Originality Ahead Of 2019 Competition

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will host eight developmental workshops across the island ahead of the 2019 staging of the Jamaica Culinary Arts Competition and Exhibition.  The workshops will run from Wednesday, March 20, through Tuesday, April 9, in preparation for Jamaica’s premier culinary arts competition.

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Charlemont High School students display their wines and preserves entries at a previously held Eastern Regional Culinary Championship.

A signature programme on the JCDC’s annual calendar, the Jamaica Culinary Arts Competition and Exhibition has aimed to hone the skills and knowledge of chefs, winemakers and other culinary entrepreneurs across the island for over five decades.

Jane Jerry, Culinary Arts Specialist at the JCDC, notes that in addition to preparing potential participants for the upcoming competition, creativity and originality will be high up on the menu of planned areas to be covered during the workshops.

 “Coming to these sessions will be a unique experience for participants in that the workshops will help them get a feel of what the competition will be like. Also we are really pushing originality this year, we don’t want participants simply taking ideas for recipes off the internet and replicating them. The aim is to bring out their creativity and to inspire innovation in contestants.” Jerry said.

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Chef Kimarley Russell possess with his gold medal winning fruit carving at a previously held Eastern Regional Culinary Championship.

Jerry further stated that one way in which the workshops aim to inspire creativity in participants is through a unique demonstration involving the Jackfruit.

“We are looking to use the Jackfruit seed for example as a product. I think participants will find the demonstrations insightful as well as invaluable as it relates to their potential entries into the competition,” Jerry said.

The Western Region will see the first of its two workshops, covering the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland on Wednesday, March 20 at the Savanna La Mar United Church Hall, Beckford Street, Westmoreland. Its second workshop will follow on Thursday, March 21, at the Western Hospitality Institute, Dome Street, Montego Bay and will cover the parishes of Trelawny and St. James.

The Central Region will host its workshop on Tuesday, March 26, at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Mandeville, Manchester and will cover the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon.

The Northern Region will host two workshops, the first in Portland on Wednesday, March 26, at Shan Shy Beach Complex in Port Antonio; and the second, covering the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary will be held at the  St. Mary Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary on Thursday, April 4.

The Eastern Region, covering the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Catherine, and Kingston & St. Andrew will see three workshops being held. St. Thomas will host the first workshop on Tuesday, April 2 at the Anglican Church Hall in Morant Bay. Kingston & St. Andrew will follow with its workshop on Wednesday, April 3, at the Boulevard Baptist Church Hall, 2 Washington Blvd, Kingston 20. St. Catherine will host the final workshop for the region on Tuesday, April 9, at the Farmer’s Training Centre, Twickenham Park, Spanish Town.

Workshop participants can expect to learn from Culinary experts on the new Culinary Handbook, a guide aimed at helping aspiring Culinary champions on their journey to showcasing their delectable works; an outline of this year’s competition, and invaluable information on how best to prepare themselves for entry.