Barbados Preparing for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 Competition

07/17/2021 03:49 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Cooking candidates, Jessica Cummins (Centre) and Daryl Hunte (Right), at their weekly training session with the WorldSkills Barbados Expert in cooking , Chef Peter Edey (Left).

Preparation for the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 competition is well underway. Seven candidates have been chosen to be a part of the WorldSkills Barbados Training Squad, from which a team will be selected to represent Barbados in the Skill Areas of Cooking, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service.

Candidates for the training squad were chosen from among the WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Competition medallists. They were selected based on their performance during the Competitors Developmental Programme which was held in the lead up to the competition, and, the technical component of the WorldSkills Barbados Competition finals.

Over the last few months, each of the candidates under the guidance of their respective skill experts has been working tirelessly to perfect their craft for the upcoming competition. 

On Sunday June 27, 2021, the Restaurant Service candidates O’Sheri Vaughan-Dorant and Tonquanja Giddings got the opportunity to put what they have learnt so far to the test. The Terrior Wine Tasting Dinner, which was held at the Crave Restaurant, provided the candidates with first-hand experience of pairing wines with various foods and flavor profiles.

The WorldSkills Barbados Expert in Restaurant Service, Roderick Prescod, said that the event would allow the candidates to gain first-hand experience of items that they only heard about during the training session earlier in the month.

He further explained that the training event would increase the candidates’ knowledge of wines from Italy, and give them the confidence required to discuss wines that are part of the Fine Dining Module for Restaurant Service.

Meanwhile, Arlette Knight-Olton, the WorldSkills Barbados expert in hairdressing, reported that hairdressing candidate Rachelle Jones was steadily improving her technique in cutting, colouring, and styling hair of various lengths. 

At the WorldSkills Russia (WSR) Nationals – Digital and Hybrid Eurasian Hairdressing Competition, Rachelle was able to put her newfound knowledge to the test. The nationals, which ran from July 7 – 8, 2021, taught Rachelle more than just how to style hair and provide good customer service. She explained, “It taught me that time management and preparation is important. When we started on day one, there were a few things that I did not have and that made me realise that prepping beforehand is very important.” She continued: “All in all it was a very interesting journey because I have first-hand experience in what is required at the international competition.” 

Expert in cooking, Chef Peter Edey, and his four candidates Jessica Cummins, Darryl Hunte, Shenanke Nedd and Kodie Hinds have also been hard at work in the kitchen. The cooking candidates spent the past several months working on their skills in areas such as knife handling, sautéeing and preparing various cuisines. He said: “The training of competitors for the skills area of cooking has been progressing quite well. These young people are demonstrating their keen interest in cooking by applying the techniques that they are being taught, to hone their culinary skills.

“My focus has been on ensuring that the competitors have a sound understanding and knowledge of the fundamental skills and techniques required, as the WorldSkills competition is about demonstrating mastery of the basics and not relying on gadgets and new age equipment to get the job done.”

The 46th biennial WorldSkills Competition is scheduled to take place October 12 to 17 in China. In addition to training and development all members of the Training Squad will be assessed periodically as part of the selection process for the Barbados team to WorldSkills Shanghai 2022.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED!)