Young chefs had the opportunity to show off their cooking skills recently at the Cayman Brac National Youth District Cook-Off.

Five teams of young chefs and a coach vied for the top spot at the contest on Oct. 29 at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School.

Five teams of young chefs and a coach vied for the top spot at the contest on Oct. 29 at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School. The winning team secured a spot to compete against teams from several other districts at the National Youth Cook-off on March 1, 2017, at Cayman’s annual Agriculture Show in Savannah, said James “Jamo” Myles, youth services coordinator for the government Youth Services Unit.

The overall winners were Team 5, consisting of Layman E. Scott Sr. High School student Eugenio Myles and Creek and Spot Bay Primary student Ronaldinho Vassel, with support from coach Zoe Vassel.

The teams prepared a pot of chili, judged by the public, along with a lionfish entrée and a drink judged by a panel consisting of Kerry Akinnibosun, Brittney Bodden and Faith Gealey.

“The winning team steamed their lionfish. It was delicious, and so was the chili from all competitors, but team 4, made up of LESHS students Sheila Watler and Kimberly Scott and coach PC Angie Watler won the chili contest by a wide margin,” Mr. Myles noted.

Isaac and Caleb Tibbetts and coach April Tibbetts.
Isaac and Caleb Tibbetts and coach April Tibbetts.

The winning teams faced some stiff competition from three other teams: Team 3 consisting of LESHS students Sahadeo Sohan Jr. and Natalie Bodden and coach Dwayne Bodden, Team 2 the Brac Jam Chefs Terry “Tito” Scott Jr. and Saskia Cameron, and Team 1 the Tibbetts Brothers consisting of Isaac and Caleb Tibbetts and coach April Tibbetts.

Contestants were supplied with ingredients including lionfish, onions, ground beef and cans of chili beans, butter and oil, rice, sugar, flour, salt and pepper, along with a prep table and a two-burner stove.

At the National Youth Cook-off, the contestants will also need to prepare a dessert and will be judged by a panel of seven judges. The chili will still be judged by the public.

The next District Youth Cook-off events are in North Side on Nov. 26, and Bodden Town on Dec. 10. The George Town cook-off will be on Jan. 23, and the final cook-off will be in West Bay on Feb. 18.

For more information on entering, contact James Myles at 939-0368 or [email protected]

Terry ‘Tito’ Scott and Saskia Cameron prepare their chili.
Terry ‘Tito’ Scott and Saskia Cameron prepare their chili.
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