Published on : Friday, July 7, 2017
The culinary arts can greatly benefit the Barbadian economy as said by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) launching of the Art of Cuisine 2017 – Barbados Meets the World, at Hotel PomMarine in Hastings, Christ Church. The event will see international and local chefs exchanging ideas on cuisine while making use of Barbadian products for whipping up dishes.
CEO of the BHTA, Rudy Grant said, “One of the elements critical in tourism relates to experiences which our visitors have… one of the things that we at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association we are seeking to do in collaboration with our partners at the BTMI, BTPA, Ministry of Tourism. We are seeking to ensure that the visitor experience is one that is surpassed when the visitors come to our destination. The culinary tourism provides an opportunity for persons visiting our destination to enjoy the authenticity of what we have to offer from that food perspective to visitors and to locals.”
Grant said that the initiative would provide local chefs with the opportunity to further develop their skills attract food enthusiasts. He said, “This programme, The Art of Cuisine – Barbados Meets The World, provides for menus developed only with the use of Barbadian products and that of course is very important, because it demonstrates that we have here in Barbados all of the ingredients necessary to provide world class international menus, that are tasty, that are appealing, that are beautiful to observe. This activity provides for an enhancement in relations to the skills and the techniques in relation to the presentation of food for our local chefs.”
Grant spoke about the link between tourism and other sectors and said that while Barbadian cuisine provides many marketing opportunities for the island, it will also benefit the agricultural sector. He said, “Tourism is our major economic earner and while we start today with this activity and this programme which is geared towards providing training for our local chefs, and also geared towards ensuring that there is further utilization of Barbadian products, we also recognise that there is a further potential for the further development of this activity into a marketing initiative which we can use to bring more visitors into Barbados.”