Western Hospitality Institute
students win big at food awards
The students ... were charged to take on the
challenges, as WHI taught them to be prepared to tackle and win
all educational and career challenges.
Students from the Western Hospitality Institute (WHI) walked away
with the major prizes for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's
regional culinary arts competition held on Friday, May 2.
The students were told about the competition two days before the
food festival and they were charged to take on the challenges, as
WHI taught them to be prepared to tackle and win all educational
and career challenges.
They were ready and that was clearly demonstrated when culinary
students Trace Lewars, Kacia Whyte and Alessandro Fielding took
on the challenges and won.
Trace Lewars - won three gold medals for her Jamerican cheddar
cream cheese cake, drum stick knockout.
Christophene Strudel won a silver medal for his french strudel,
and a bronze for his jackfruit pudding. He also entered the mystery
basket category and won a bronze medal.
Trace Lewars also took the major Tastee Cheese top award for the
best use of Tastee cheese.
Kacia Whyte won a bronze medal for her chicken and cheese jackets.
Alessandro Feilding became the man of the moment as he won the
most gold medals in the show. He won four gold medals for his crusted
mackerel, chicken with rundown sauce, Cho-cho wrap and frosted cassava
He also won the only gold medal and the top award in the mystery
WHI boasts the only accredited tertiary culinary chef management
programme in Jamaica at the associate-degree level, having educated
some of the world's greatest chefs; to name a few:
Chef Nicholas Moore - The first black executive sous chef at the
four-diamond 360 degree Restaurant located at the CN tower, the
world's largest free structure building.
Executive chef Federick Gayle - The first black executive chef
in 25 years at the prestigious four-diamond Half-Moon hotel and
now executive chef at the elegant resort Coyaba Hotel in Montego
Executive chef Dain Murphy - is WHI's first executive chef at the
beautiful family resort Point Village Resort in Negril.
Executive pastry chef Anthony Cope - is the first black executive
pastry chef of the prestigious award-winning Disney Cruise Line.
Chef June Clarke is now a college lecturer - having begun her time
at WHI without CXCs and O'Levels. Clarke became one of three chefs
to hold a master's degree. Her accolades now read: June Clarke ASc
(Hon), AA (Hon), BSc (Hon), MBA, CHE, Phd candidate.
WHI prides itself on the fact that it gives Jamaicans hope, especially
those who would not have otherwise made it academically in Jamaica,
not having the required qualifications for entry into tertiary institutions,
Alessandro, Trace and Kacia are just few of the many WHI culinary
students who are well groomed and position to take on the academic
and career challenges to become successful ambassadors for WHI.