Friday 18 October, 2019

HEART celebrates contribution to culinary arts in Jamaica

(From left) Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Edward Seaga, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister, and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director of HEART Trust NTA at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 55TH Anniversary Culinary Expo at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday, August 2.

(From left) Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Edward Seaga, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister, and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director of HEART Trust NTA at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 55TH Anniversary Culinary Expo at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday, August 2.

The HEART Trust NTA on Thursday celebrated its long-standing relationship with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) annual Culinary Exposition. 

The JCDC Expo, which was staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, is marking its 55th year as a premier event to showcase the culinary exploits of Jamaicans.

HEART, the leading training institution in the culinary arts in Jamaica, has provided certification to hundreds of chefs who have competed in the JCDC’s Regional Culinary Art Competitions over the years. Many of these chefs are now serving in kitchens in Jamaica and across the world with expertise in global cuisine.

“HEART lauds the work that the JCDC has been doing for more than five decades to preserve, showcase, discover, develop and reward Jamaicans for their excellence in culture and the arts, including the culinary arts”, noted Dr Janet Dyer, HEART’s Managing Director. 

“HEART Trainees participate and compete in numerous Culinary Competitions. These allow our students to demonstrate their culinary skills, receive feedback and learn about the latest trends in the industry”. 

The organization was presented with one of the JCDC’s 55th Anniversary Recognition Awards for its stellar contribution to the culinary sector while the HEART College of Hospitality Services and the state funded, Cardiff Hotel and Spa received recognition for Culinary Excellence. 

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett stressed the importance of certifying chefs with the requisite training to guarantee high standards in the profession. 

“We want to train and we want to build the professionalism within our culinary profession and for us in tourism; we have recognized too that we must elevate the professional pathway as they (chefs) are among the highest paid individuals in the industry”, said Minister Bartlett. 

In April 2018, 150 individuals were certified by the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), with several of them awarded certification from the American Culinary Federation, which is a joint partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia “Babsy” Grange lauded the JCDC for its stellar role in the promotion of culinary excellence in Jamaica and pledged her continued support for the Culinary Arts Expo in the years to come.

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