The Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) donated two scholarships to Christopher King and Sachin Brewster at their Culinary Tourism Awards Ceremony held at the PomMarine Hotel, Hastings, Christ church on Tuesday.
The two scholarships, valued at the sum of $2,500, were given to the two full-time students in Culinary Arts who have a GPA of 3.0.
Chief Executive Officer of the BTPA Marsha Alleyne said the scholarship represents one aspect of the BTPA strategy in that it sought to build and strengthen the human resources within the industry.
“As we seek to further develop culinary tourism, we must be sure to enhance the skills of our future culinary tourism ambassadors and therefore our partnership with the Barbados Community College Hospitality Institute is not only timely but also necessary,” Alleyne said, adding that the skills the students obtain from their studies at the Hospitality Institute will help them recognize how important local cuisine is for the tourism product.
“The skills the students obtain during their course of study aptly prepare them for the hospitality sector, whether it is in one of our established restaurants or in order to start their own culinary business. We must provide every opportunity to allow them to hone their skills, recognizing the importance of our cuisine to the development and sustainability of our tourism product,” she said.
The scholarship is intended to assist with the development of culinary professionals who are enrolled in the Associate Degree in Culinary Arts Programme at the Barbados Community College Hospitality Institute. (LG)