Junior Chefs Set to Impress Esteemed Judges in Taste of Wadadli Cook-Off

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The anticipation is building as three distinguished Chef Judges eagerly prepare to savor the culinary creations of talented young competitors in the upcoming Taste of Wadadli Junior Chef Cook-Off Competition.

The grand finale is scheduled for Monday, December 4, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the esteemed Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.

Chef Olvanah Richardson Burnette, initially on a path toward business administration, discovered her passion for the culinary arts at the age of 17 at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.

Drawing inspiration from her experiences at St. James Club and Carlisle Bay Resort, she earned CHTA scholarships and the distinction of being the first Young Chef recognized by Chef Julian Waterer. Chef Olvanah’s 26-year journey has encompassed roles as a Chef, EMT volunteer, judge, and instructor at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute, culminating in a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.

Hailing from Freetown, Antigua, Chef Dean Samuel is a culinary virtuoso currently making waves in Anguilla. With over 25 years of expertise, specializing in pastry, Dean honed his skills at the Antigua and Barbuda Hotel Training School and further refined them in Naples, Charleston, Phoenix, and Anguilla’s Cap Juluca Hotel.

Formerly recognized as one of the top 25 chefs in the region, Dean champions dedication, creativity, and authenticity in Caribbean cuisine. His accolades include being named “Supervisor of the Year” in Anguilla and leading Team Anguilla to multiple gold wins in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition.

Mario Colindres, whose culinary journey began in El Salvador, has worn various hats—Pastry Chef, Production and Purchasing Manager, and Operations Manager.

In 2001, he brought his culinary prowess to Goddard Catering, St. Maarten, rising to the rank of Executive Chef and Operations Manager. Currently serving as the General Manager at Goddard Catering Group Antigua and Barbuda.

Adding an extra layer of excitement, the judges will unveil a secret ingredient on the day of the competition, where students will showcase Fungi as the star of their local dish presentation.

The Junior Chef Cook-Off competition is a feature of the second day of Tourism Week 2023 and will feature finalists representing St. Joseph’s Academy, Antigua Seventh Day Adventist School, Antigua State College, and Sir McChesney George Secondary School.

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