Minister Richards congratulates the two chefs representing Verchilds High School, Tremayne Isaac, (left) and Joestan Eddy.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The culinary imaginations of two young chefs, Tremayne Isaac and Joestan Eddy, representing Verchilds High School at the Department of Youth’s 11th annual High School Chefs’ competition impressed the judges and earned them the winning title.

The final events capped off a competitive and exciting near month-long cook-off challenge.

Six teams of two chefs from each public high school in St. Kitts participated in the intra cook-off on Nov. 7. At the Nov. 29 event, chefs had two-and-a-half hours to prepare and plate a main course and dessert, and prepare a signature local drink. The judges had a keen eye for detail and a critical palate for taste.

Minister of Youth Empowerment, the Honourable Shawn Richards, congratulated the participants and encouraged them to continue enhancing their skills.

“Congratulations to all the students,” Richards said. “In a real way you see young people being involved and given the opportunity to showcase their skills. “The competition provides an excellent training ground for preparing future professional chefs.”

Richards told the students that they are all winners and should be proud of themselves. The minister said he is very proud of the work they showcased.

Saddlers Secondary School chefs were awarded the first-runner up position, while Washington Archibald High School chefs came in second. Other participating schools were Basseterre High, Cayon High and Charles E. Mills Secondary.