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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 pudding,

He also won the only gold medal and the top award in the mystery basket cook-off.

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 Bay.

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, locally.

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.

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