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Culinary event aims to bring out hidden chefs
How would you like to discover the chef in you? I’m not talking rice and beans or stove tops. Real gourmet meals that would leave you licking your fingers and also wondering how the heck did you do it. Well, there might not be all that reading, writing and arithmetic to cooking after all. Just some passion and the willingness to learn. Who says? The non-governmental organisation (NGO) Ying Factor does. Ying is the abbreviation for Young Inspired Next Generation and is the host of the upcoming culinary event titled Hidden Chefs: Discover the Chef in You. The competition, which takes place October 19 at the Queen’s Park Oval, will engage secondary schools from north Trinidad in a “Chef Intercol.” Each school team will have five students. The teams will have a designated captain, who will be an expert in the field, working with them on the day of the event. The competition has two challenges: a breakfast challenge and a main course challenge. The winner gets a challenge trophy and other prizes which will be in keeping with the theme of the event. The event, which is the brainchild of Gina-Liselle Gonzales, founder of the ten-member NGO, who is also visually impaired, said the event was conceived primarily to bring young people together and to highlight the possibilities for career opportunities within the culinary field. Also, it seeks to raise funds for the foundation to continue presentation of future educational workshops and events.
The hair technician and entrepreneur also said that Ying is aimed at helping young people to stay supportive of each other while, at the same time, being proud of their individuality and the differences that make them unique. But more so, it is geared towards youths who have some form of impairment, as she knows all too well the challenges such people experience. On the organisation’s “to do” list, is raising enough funds so it can offer counselling for youths, team-building workshops, mentor programmes, sporting and art programmes, academic funding and even a fashion and design programme for those interested in the field. It has already begun making strides having hosted several previous events including fund-raisers and workshops. In July it held the Ying Summer Sting, an all-inclusive “cool down” fund-raising event and in August and September it hosted two workshops—Life Long Learning, which focused on personal development, and The World of Work, which paid attention to resume writing, interview skills, telephone etiquette and dress code and grooming tips. Gonzales said while the organisation continues to host events, it also hopes to draw the attention of corporate T&T as the NGO seeks to make the lives of young people more meaningful.
• For more information on the event contact 222-7203 or [email protected] or its Facebook page by typing in Hidden Chefs.
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