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Culinary Workshop for Pacific Chefs and Trainers

Culinary Workshop for Pacific Chefs and Trainers
Samuela Lagataki
August 26
03:36 2014

Eighteen chefs and culinary trainers from fifteen countries in the South Pacific are converging in Nadi for the Pacific culinary workshop.

The workshop is funded by the European Union and is a joint partnership between the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the University of the South Pacific and other key partners.

The workshop is being held at the Fiji National University and will end on August 29.

Participants visited Fiji Meats Limited yesterday as part of the programme.

For chef, Colin Chung from the Pacific Islands Resort Consultations Limited, the visit to Fiji Meats was an opportunity for the participants to see how local meat is produced.

“This is to see local produced meats production and processes and to appreciate local produce,” Mr Chung said.

He is one of the trainers for the chefs this week along with the President of the Fiji Chef’s Association, Shailesh Naidu and celebrity chef, Lance Seeto.

According to the SPTO Project Manager, Chris Cocker, this workshop is to link the tourism and the agriculture sectors in the regional countries.

“We have a human resource development plan for the Pacific region and one of the key areas is there is not enough qualified and trained chefs in the region as well as trainers,” Mr Cocker said.

He said this is a way to showcase local produce to the participants and encourage local talents to be the experts on local food products and cuisines.

“The culinary workshop is designed to bring in trainers from catering institutions and help develop the chef participants,” he said.

“We can train and up skill them as well as give them new ideas in innovation and creativity on how to use our local to develop modern and Pacific flavoured cuisines,” he said.

He said through the training, the participants’ can further train other personnel in their countries.

He said there are plans to form a Pacific Chef’s Association which can train chefs on a regular basis.

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