4 HLSCC Alumni’s form the 2017 BVI National Culinary Team

The 2017 BVI National Culinary Team is in the midst of preparing for the annual Taste of the Caribbean Competition which has been re-named this year as the Caribbean 305. Of the eight member chefs representing the BVI, four HLSCC alumni’s have made this year’s team. Veteran alumnae Kenneth Molyneaux is joined by the newbie junior chefs, alumni Ariq Flax-Clarke, Lakeisha King, and Lakesha Barry.

The team is set to attend the Caribbean305, a culinary and cultural celebration that will take place on Miami’s Jungle Island on Saturday 3 June, 2017 at 8 p.m. This newly refreshed event highlights the artistry of Caribbean cuisine and attracts top chefs, bartenders and mix-ologists. Caribbean305 will feature culinary professionals from 16 Caribbean nations and territories, including Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Our newsroom was able to catch up with Mr. Clarke who advised that he heard the good news about being picked to represent the BVI on the BVI National Culinary team from his mom who received a call from the BVICCHA. “I was so thankful that persons in the community saw my progress in the culinary arts. Preparing for the competitions in Miami is both physical and mental. Practice is essential and while at Johnson and Wales University, I was able through my courses to do so. I will also travel to the BVI for ten days to practice with the entire team. This is essential as it builds teamwork and camaraderie amongst the team members. We must work together as a unit, cohesion is the key to winning the gold,” he remarked.

Mr. Clarke and is currently in his first year at Johnson and Wales University in Miami, Florida, Ms. King is currently working at Eco Resort Cooper Island Beach Club, and Ms. Barry is currently enrolled at Johnson & Wales University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Baking and Pastry as well as Food Service Management.

HLSCC Alumna secures two pageantry crowns

Shamoia 2017We are pleased to announce that Ms. Shamoia Maduro, a 2014 HLSCC graduate now attending Florida International University has been double crowned for the Spring semester 2017. Ms. Maduro, the founder of the well-known student group (WOPAHP – Woman of Power and High Potential) on Tortola continues to display the positive potential of women by securing two pageantry crowns within three months. Ms. Maduro has been crowned Ms. Florida International University 2017 and Miss Florida Caribbean Students Association 2017. Ms. Maduro is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management.