Young Caymanians have attained success in the culinary arts.
Graduates from the Ministry of Tourism’s Tourism Apprenticeship Training Programme have won awards and landed jobs in the tourism sector.
Bethany Ebanks graduated from the scheme in 2008 and went on to enrol at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, receiving a scholarship from the ministry to pursue her degree in bakery and pastry-making.
Following a two-year course of study, which included a five-month internship at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, she graduated and is now employed by Ortanique at Camana Bay as assistant pastry chef. She has also shared her experiences with current apprentices on the food preparation and food and beverage modules.
“Determination is key to anything, and even though the programme may be challenging at times, it is important to work hard, not give up and keep striving for the best,” she told the apprentices.
Next step for Ms. Ebanks is a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at a university in the United Kingdom to begin this year. She also said that she plans to open a cafe in Grand Cayman in the future.
Three other apprenticeship training programme participants have also been making inroads in the culinary arts, according to a press release by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. At the Culinary Society’s Awards ceremony, two current students were recognised for their outstanding efforts – Stefan Ebanks received Gold and Best Student Award for his dish, and Latoya Palmer received a Silver Award. Jordy Rankine, who graduated from the programme in 2010 and who is now employed at the Marriott Beach Resort, earned a Bronze Award.
The Tourism Apprenticeship Training Programme is a Department of Tourism initiative that began in 2007 in order to boost Caymanian participation in the tourism industry. Partners in the programme include the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and the International College of the Cayman Islands. The full-time course leads to the CARIBCERT professional Caribbean tourism industry qualification. There are currently 21 apprentices enrolled.