Young Caymanian chefs win second place in Barbados
A team of young Caymanian chefs finished in second place at the ninth staging of the Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge (CJDC) at CARIFEST XIII in Barbados on Saturday.
The Caymanian team members, who are all part of the island’s Youth Culinary Programme, were also awarded one of four gold medals for their performance in the two-tiered cooking competition.
The Cayman team showed off their national pride, as well as, culinary skills as they cooked a Cayman-style conch stew in the first round – the Signature dish round- of the competition.
Coming out of the first round, Team Turks & Caicos dominated the competition with 45.3 points, followed by St. Lucia in second with 44 .7 and the Cayman Islands with 42.3 points.
However, the first round was only the beginning for the Caymanians, who went on to shine in the Mystery Basket Round; which saw the three highest scoring teams advancing to the Saturday morning finals.
The Cayman Islands of course was one of the teams that advanced, beating out island rivals St Lucia and Barbados, who have been long standing frontrunners at the competition.
While a team of young chefs from the Turks and Caicos copped the top spot, many who attended the competition took note of the Cayman Team, who were described as having done a phenomenal job.
Speaking with Loop News, creator of the competition and renowned Barbadian Chef, Peter Edey, described the Cayman team’s performance as “fantastic”.
“It was their first time participating, and for them to come and dominate like that is just fantastic,” said Edey.
The Caymanian team’s performance was not only impressive, but according to Edey the team was able to secure a top spot, pushing out long standing teams, like St Lucia into third place.
Edey said that St.Lucia had long dominated at the Junior Duelling Competition at CARIFEST.