Young chefs battle it out in district cook-offs

North Side district cook-off champions Team Mo, Amber McLaughlin, left, and Mohyndra Brown, right, with Amber’s mother Courtney, celebrate their win.

Three districts so far have entered a cooking battle to try to score the title of National Youth Cook-Off champion.

East End, Cayman Brac and North Side have already held their district cook-offs, according to event organizers the Youth Services Unit, and the next one will be Bodden Town, in its district competition at the Stacy Watler Pavilion in Lower Valley on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Two teams have already signed up for the Bodden Town cook-off and there is still time for others to register, the organizers said.

There will also be cook-offs in George Town and West Bay.

Those who make it through the individual district competitions will take part in the finals, which will be held at the 50th annual Agriculture Show on Saturday, March 1, 2017.

The latest cook-off was held on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Clifton Hunter High School kitchen, with Team Mo, made up of Mohyndra Brown and Amber McLaughlin, taking the North Side title.

The judges noted the team’s “great restaurant-like presentation.” The team won $100 and personalized chef jackets to wear at the finals.

The East End cook-off was held at East End Civic Centre on Saturday, Sept. 24 and was won by Team Jaeda, with Jaeda and Kristin Kirchman, while on Cayman Brac, the competition at Layman E. Scott High School was won by Team Straight out of Spott Bay, with Eugenio Myles and Ronaldinho Vassel.

Organizers said the Brac event attracted the largest cook-off crowd to date, with around 60 members of the public in attendance.

The George Town cook-off will be held after the National Heroes Day ceremony on Monday, Jan. 23 in Heroes Square at 1 p.m.

The West Bay competition will be held from 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Cayman Turtle Centre.

The acting head of the Youth Services Unit, James Myles said the caliber of teams in the cook-offs this year has been very high.

“With the event heading now into the more populated districts, we are anticipating larger crowds and a nail-biting finale,” he added.

As well as getting the title of “Top Young Chef 2017,” the winning team will also receive $500 and an as yet undisclosed prize from the Cayman Culinary Society.

To find out more or to sign up for the Bodden Town, George Town or West Bay cook-offs, contact James Myles on 943-1127 or at [email protected]

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