Chelsea Duty and Timisha Edwards are the newest recipients of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Culinary Scholarship award.
Ms. Edwards and Ms. Duty are both studying in a culinary degree program at the Johnson and Wales University in Florida.
Ms. Duty chose Johnson & Wales University because it is a well-known university that is recognized and respected all around the world.
“I want to be able to learn as much as I possibly can throughout my four years on campus,” she said. “I hope to own and operate my own restaurant in the Cayman Islands one day.”
Ms. Edwards credits her grandmother as the source of her love for food.
“My love for cooking started in my grandmother’s small kitchen where magic happened every time she stood by the stove. The way she brought so many friends and family together on Christmas morning still echoes in my mind and heart,” she said.
Graduating from Johnson & Wales in May 2013 with an associate degree in Culinary Arts, Ms. Edwards is now seeking a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, food service and beverage management with a concentration in baking and pastry. She will graduate in May 2016.
The Ritz-Carlton will pay all tuition fees and room and board valued at US$63,000 for both ladies during their time in the program.
“We are so fortunate that visitors to our property can experience the culinary capital of the Caribbean in the form of young Caymanian talent,” said Ritz-Carlton General Manager Marc Langevin.
He said The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman created this scholarship so aspiring Caymanian chefs could receive a degree from one of the industry’s most prestigious universities and perpetuate Cayman’s reputation for great culinary experiences.
Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef Frederic Morineau and his team will be available to both ladies throughout their university experience for guidance and opportunities for summer work experience and participation in events such as the Cayman Cookout. “We will certainly welcome the ladies into our kitchens anytime on their school breaks. Our mission is simply to help young Caymanians realize their dreams of becoming professionally trained chefs,” said Mr. Morineau.