How Two Young Culinary Talent Won Glory for Saint Lucia
Nashaka Henry, a culinary arts teacher at the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School, was part of the delegation that accompanied Karina Abraham and Cheyenne Hippolyte during their stay in Barbados for the
Junior Duelling Challenge. Throughout their studies over the past year she has been at their side, motivating and encouraging them, right on up to the final of this year’s Chefs in Schools competition held in June, which Karina and Cheyenne won decisively before moving on to compete in Barbados.
While the two girls’ success has wowed many, Henry says it came as no surprise to her and she’d been quite confident that they would deliver.
“From the outset when I had them in my class for the first time, the first assignment I gave them was to prepare any dish they wished and these two girls stood out. When the time came to select students to represent the school at the local leg of the Chefs in Schools competition, it was an easy decision. We went to Ciceron Secondary [for the final] and they delivered, and continued to deliver in Barbados. You saw the consistency all the way through - from the school, to the local competition, all the way to Barbados,” said Henry.
She said early in the competition it had become evident that the St. Lucian duo were viewed as a force to be reckoned with. “They dominated all the way. In the first round...