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First Chef From Fiji To Participate In Biggest Culinary Exhibition

Ana Tawanakoro, 23, is the first Fijian student to par­ticipate in the 5th Inter­national Young Chef Olympiad in India. The competition began in 2015 and has been tagged the greatest
09 Jan 2019 11:00
First Chef From Fiji To Participate In Biggest Culinary Exhibition
Ana Tawanakoro (right) with mentor Anish Lal.

Ana Tawanakoro, 23, is the first Fijian student to par­ticipate in the 5th Inter­national Young Chef Olympiad in India. The competition began in 2015 and has been tagged the greatest culinary Olympiad.

The competition invites student chefs and their mentors from more than 60 countries to compete across Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata in India.

Her mentor Anish Lal, who is an Assistant Instructor with the De­partment of Food and Beverages at FNU, will accompany her.

Ms Tawanakoro was selected on merit. She is pursuing a Trade Diploma in Culinary Art at the Fiji National University’s Nasese Campus

“I was thrilled and quite emotion­al when I was chosen by our lectur­ers to represent Fiji,” she said.

“It is an honour and I hope to make the country proud.”

Originally from Sasa, Ba, she lives in Vatuwaqa Suva with her mother and two siblings.

“From what I can remember I have watched my mother cook and my love for the craft is inspired by her. My passion for cooking is part of who I am,” she said.

“I would like to dedicate my achievements to her, despite be­ing a single mother she sacrificed every cent of her income to put me and my siblings through school.”

Determined to make her presence felt on a global platform, she has already started with preparations for the competition.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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