JIS News

Peter-Gaye McKoy, a 4-H ‘Clubite’ at the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon, copped the top spot in the Jamaica 4-H Clubs ‘Cook Off’ competition, held recently at the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial show.
Competing against five other 4-H participants from Mico Teachers’ College, St. Mary High School and St. Mary Technical High School, Miss McKoy won the most points in the various categories, which included best meal presentation, the tastiest meal, most hygienic, and use of the best preparation method.
In an interview with JIS News, Chief Judge and Cuisine Consultant, Pauline Chinsue noted that while the competition was good, there was room for improvement in some areas. “They (participants) need more training in food preparation in terms of food presentation, recipe writing, time management and creativity, even though they have done a good job,” she said.
She pointed out that this year’s competition was the first of its kind at Denbigh, and that the contest should be continued and further developed.
Describing the competition as “fun and very competitive”, the aspiring Executive Chef, Miss McKoy said that the experience has assisted her in a positive way, in terms of enhancing her culinary skills and by extension, her self-confidence.
“Even though I had limited ingredients to work with, I had to use up my creativity and imagination on the spot. as prior to the competition, I did not know what I was going to use,” she said.
Placing second was Quita Riley, a student at Mico Teachers’ College, and Jerome Thomas, a student at Ebony Park HEART Academy placed third. Other participants were Aston Pryce, Eric Lothian, and Samantha Tamasa.
The 4-H Clubs ‘Cook Off’ competition, organized by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), was made possible as a result of sponsorship by Nestle Jamaica Limited, through its Maggi Brand, Industrial Gases Limited (IGL) and Best Dressed Chicken.