Jonathan Gabriel Larmie, a student of the Accra Technical University, was adjudged the overall winner of the 2021 American National Cooking Competition, making him the first male to win the competition since its inception in 2015.
The 21-year-old got a total of 223 points and took home amazing prizes, including a four-month industrial internship opportunity at the Labadi Beach Hotel under the supervision of Chef Gary Lane.
In 2020, Jonathan represented Ghana at the 6th International Young Chef Olympiad in India. He also participated in the Frytol Enriching Lives cooking competition organised by Wilmar Africa.
Anita Abbey of Koforidua Technical University, however, placed second in the 2021 American National Cooking Competition, while Edward Ekow Asankoma Sam of Sunyani Technical University placed third.
This year’s American National Cooking Competition took place at the Flair Catering Institute, Cantonment, Accra on August 13, 2021.
All eight Technical Universities took part in the competition with their selected best student chefs and a runner. Participating Technical Universities were Accra Technical University, Kumasi Technical University, Koforidua Technical University and Tamale Technical University. The rest are Cape Coast Technical University, Takoradi Technical University, Sunyani Technical University and Ho Technical University.
The competition, which is in its fifth year, was organised by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC).
The USAPEEC has been at the forefront of helping build professionals within the hospitality sector through their innovative training and cooking competition among Technical Universities in Ghana.
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