Published on : Thursday, July 31, 2014
The team working on the first-ever Praslin Culinary and Arts Fiesta to be held on September 5 to 7 in the Seychelles are putting the final touches to the three-day event.Held at Seychellois-Owned Domaine de La Reserve Hotel at Anse Petite Cour in the Baie Ste.Anne District of Praslin, a meeting was chaired by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, and attended by Principal Secretaries for Tourism Anne Lafortune and that of Culture Benjamine Rose;
members of the National Assembly for the Grand Anse Praslin district Marc Volcere and for Baie Ste.Anne Praslin Natasha Esther; tourism establishment owners; and principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Flavien Joubert.
Minister St.Ange said the main aim of this one-of-kind fiesta is to help reposition the island of Praslin as a tourism destination centered on authentic culinary delights, and to increase the island’s visibility.
During the meeting, it was discussed and agreed that there will be three competitions, namely: professional chef for a meat dish, a fish dish and for a dessert; a non-professional category for Praslinois home-cooking enthusiasts; and the construction of a Creole kiosk contest which will be used at Cote D’Or for the fiesta.For the two culinary contests, guidelines and criteria are being drafted by the Tourism Academy and these will be given to those taking part.
Those taking part must prepare authentic Creole dishes to present to the jury panel. For the professional culinary contest, each hotel is allowed to enter in all three categories, and it can be up to three chefs from the same establishment.Judging for the two culinary contests will be held at Domaine de La Reserve.A sum of R1,000 is to be paid by each hotel as registration fee for each participating chef. The top three winners in each category will receive prizes.