Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 8th 2013 Contents 10 Friday, November 8, 2013 • Issue 113
A review through the eyes of a supporter
The teams of high school students
started arriving, their facial expres-
sions mixed as they came into the
Queens Park Oval. Their expressions
included fear, dismay, insecurity and
enthusiasm, just to name a few.
At the briefing the teams became a
little more relaxed as they met their
randomly chosen "coaches" that would
assist them with their unknown tasks
that lay ahead.
The gates opened allowing the sup-
porters to gain entry into this inaugural
event, the atmosphere became lively
and full of energy, as the team support-
ers came in with banners and colours in
support of their respective teams.
The food items for use during the
challenges were colourfully displayed
with the hidden ingredient kept secret
until the last minute.
The teams took their places under
their beautifully decorated food sta-
tions. Each student was adorned in
their appropriate head wear with
aprons in team colours.
Looking at the teams now their inter-
est peaked and they became more com-
fortable with the unknown task at
Introduction of the teams began, of
the nine teams; there were three all
male teams who do not even have
home economics as a class at their re-
spective schools. They were all there
for the love of food and cooking. An-
other team there needs special mention
given the fact that their school is under
repair and they have not had any formal
classes since the semester started.
These teams were pumped!
The countdown began after the rules
were disclosed. The teams made a
dash to the tables where the food
items were placed and collected the
necessary items to make the first chal-
lenge -- breakfast. The secret ingredient
here was eggs. The teams had 45mins
to come up with a dish.
As the cooking began the aromas
wafted through the air to our noses.
Walking around to the different sta-
tions the teams were so energetic, their
coaches at their sides directing them to
come up with the best efforts to make
this breakfast challenge a tasty yet
The presentations that these young
students put forth were jaw dropping.
The creativity put forth from the
novices were amazing.
The prestigious judges chosen from
the community, with a wealth of ex-
pertise and experience in this culinary
art form, strategically moved from sta-
tion to station questioning, tasting and
giving constructive criticism to the
Each team with its members
watched and listened to the judges in-
tently, picking up each point and storing
it in their databases for future use. This
ended the breakfast challenge.
With approximately a 30-40 minute
intermission the crowd was entertained
by top DJs from Slam 100.5.
The second challenge's secret ingredi-
ent was chicken breast and if the
thought was that nothing can top the
energy from the breakfast challenges
that thought was dead wrong. Time for
completion of this meal was one hour.
The students became even more en-
gaged in the undertaking put before
Aromas from the seasonings used,
cornmeal cooking, rice/pasta boiling,
chicken and vegetables sautéing all
came together and settled like a low-
lying cloud above the Queens Park Oval.
The teams shouting out to their
members -- "bring this, get that" from
the tables where the ingredients were
placed. Tempo was hot.
The sensational duo of Lerbz (Slamm
100.5 & Synergy) and Bir (Synergy)
and smooth voice of JD (Ebony 104 fm)
entertained the crowd announcing and
joshing with team members alike.
The judges walked around from sta-
tion to station, again tasting, critiquing
and the team members as well as the
supporters remained geared up as they
received this valuable and insurmount-
The "plating" as the term is known of
the completed projects were true works
Holy Name Convent took the coveted
first and second prizes with Diego Mar-
tin Central Secondary School placing
third. The first prize was a Challenge
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
Main Total Bkfast Total Total Placed
Holy Name Convent
Dulce Sabor de HNC
Holy Name Convent
Diego Martin Central Secondary Joueurs d'equipe
South East POS Secondary
South East Soup-a-Stars 263
Bishop Anstey High School
The Pimento Girls
St Anthony's College
Iron Tiger Chefs
Queen's Royal College
Providence Girls' Catholic
Provi All Star Chefs
St Anthony's College
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