WSB Champions add Certified Culinarians to their list of Achievements!

06/10/2022 07:38 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Cooking Champion and former member of the WSB training squad, Shenanke Nedd, preparing her dish during the American Culinary Federation Inc. (ACF) Culinarian assessment.

Aspiring chefs and WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Cooking Champions, Shenanke Nedd and Jessica Cummins, have taken the first step in their journey to becoming certified chefs. 

On June 1, 2022, students from the Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute (CCCI), along with the WSB 2020 Cooking Champions, received their certification from the American Culinary Federation Inc. (ACF), and are now Certified Culinarians.

The ACF, is a professional organisation for chefs and cooks that provides educational resources, training, apprenticeship, competitions and programmatic accreditation, designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs.

Certified Executive Chef and WSB Expert in Cooking, Peter Edey, explained the certification process and what it meant to be a certified culinarian, he noted: “There are different levels all the way up to Certified Master Chef, but they are now coming into the entry level, which is Certified Culinarian, this means you have met a certain level of competency and skills required at this level.”

Chef Edey also highlighted the WSB Programme, which introduced Jessica and Shenanke to the ACF. He explained the role it played in preparing both Champions for the culinary certification process and how they benefited from it.

He stated: “The good thing that TVET Council did, through their WSB programme, they selected four people to train and they had one year of training here at the CCCI. That one year of training represented the course that you would do to become a Certified Culinarian. So, at the end of the training they did through the WSB programme, they only had to take the test, and now they are Certified Culinarians.”

During the practical phase of the culinary assessment, students were evaluated on their butchery and fabrication skills, as well as their preparation of classical sauces, and knife skills. 

Cooking Champion, Jessica Cummins shared her experience on the process and how she believes she will benefit from it. 

She stated: “It has been great being able to measure myself up to the standard of the ACF and to get an actual certification from them to validate all the work I’ve been doing for the past few years… the certification is recognized a bit more, especially when you are going to look for a job, trying to apply for certain places, it is a little bit more recognized as it is a world standard organization.” 

When asked about her next steps in culinary and WorldSkills Journey, Cummins added, “I was training for the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 competition, unfortunately that was cancelled, so Im still training to hopefully do some other competitions and still do my work. Upon completion of this certificate, I would like to do certified Sous Chef. This [Certified Culinarian] is just the first step, there are a whole lot of other degrees I would like to attain.”

The other WSB 2020 Cooking Champions and former training squad members who achieved the Certified Culinarian designation include Daryl Hunte and Jashown Willoughby.