Training Squad Members get a Taste of Fine Wine

06/30/2021 12:50 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Terrior Wine Tasting Dinner: Training event for the Restaurant Service candidates, Tonquanja Giddings (front-left) and O'Sheri Vaughan-Dorant (front-right), who are preparing for the WorldSkill Shanghai 2022 competition. Accompanying them is the WorldSkills Barbados Expert in Restaurant Service, Roderick Prescod (back-left) and training assistant, Cherise Osbourne (back-right).

Preparation of the WorldSkills Training Squad from which a team will be selected to represent Barbados at the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 competition is well underway.

The 46th biennial WorldSkills Competition is scheduled to take place October 17 to 22 in China and Barbados is seeking to compete in the Skill Areas of Cooking, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service.

On Sunday June 27, 2021, Restaurant Service candidates O'Sheri Vaughan-Dorant and Tonquanja Giddings had the opportunity to put what they have learnt so far to the test. The Terrior Wine Tasting Dinner held at the Crave Restaurant provided the candidates with first-hand experience of pairing wines with various foods and flavour 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 further 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, the WorldSkills Barbados Expert in Hairdressing , Arlette Knight-Olton said that candidate Rachelle Jones was steadily refining her technique in cutting, colouring and styling hair of different lengths. She explained that the WorldSkills competitor needed to be someone who could think on their feet, who needed to plan and manage what they wanted to do during the competition. That meant the competitor needed to begin with the end in mind, she explained.

Expert in Cooking, Chef Peter Edey; and his four candidates Jessica Cummins, Darryl Hunte, Shenanke Nedd and Kodie Hinds have also been busy with training. The candidates spent the past several months working on their cooking skills including areas such as knife handling, sautéing and preparing different types of foods.

In addition to the training and development, all of the Training Squad members will be assessed periodically as part of selecting the team to represent Barbados at WorldSkills Shanghai 2022.