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Jamaica Epicurean Escape Introduces Cook-Off among St Ann Schools - Steer Town Academy readies for Jamaica Epicurean Escape

Published:Thursday | May 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Nutty orange nug.
Steer Town Academy team (from left): Chad Traille, Ashleigh Allen, Tashana Taylor, Patrick Williams, home economics supervisor Larissa Jones, Tawana Cunningham and Daniel Andrews. - PhotoS by Carl Gilchrist
Chad Traille pouring the Nutty Orange Nug.
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 Steer Town Academy in St Ann prepared for this weekend's Jamaica Epicurean Escape with a mock presentation at the school on Monday. Head of department and home economics supervisor, Larissa Jones, had a team of three girls and three boys preparing several of the dishes they hope to prepare at the two-day festival.

The team of Tawana Cunningham, Ashleigh Allen, Tashana Taylor, Chad Traille, Patrick Williams and Daniel Andrews was able to whip up Stop-a-Gap chicken salsa with fluffy white queen rice, topped with Blue-Blue Stamp 'n' Go, Take-a-Bite fruit plate and a nutritious drink, Nutty Orange Nug.

The dishes were prepared in the school's award-winning Home Economics Department.

The Jamaica Epicurean Escape will this year up the ante with the introduction of the High School/Community College Cook-Off for educational institutions in St Ann. Eight schools have confirmed their participation in the competition, which will take place on the final day of the food festival, Sunday May 25, at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann.

The participating schools are: Moneague Community College, Westwood high School, Fern Court High School, Marcus Garvey Technical High, International University of the Caribbean - Tower Isle, Steer Town Academy, York Castle High, and Aabuthnott Gallimore High School.

The idea of the cook off came out of a request from a student who visited the festival in 2012, who asked how they (students) could be involved.

The competition will see an elimination round in which four finalists are chosen and then a cook-off among those four to determine the top three.

For more information on one of the island's premier family events visit www.jamaicaepicureanescape. Twitter @jaepicurean, #escapediscoverindulge, Facebook and Instagram @jaepicurean.