BoulderShares® is proud to announce a partnership with Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) whereby a young female pastry chef from Haiti, Christele Elie, received a scholarship to begin her studies for her Culinary Arts Associate Degree at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
Top students from Haiti were selected to pursue advanced studies regionally in order to return to Haiti and grow into their personal and professional dreams while simultaneously bolstering the tourism industry. The CHTAEF-Haiti Fund provides vocational and professional skills training to Haitian residents affected by the 2010 earthquake.
The Taste of the Caribbean 2012 competition was designed to enhance the efforts of the CHTAEF throughout the Caribbean. The seafood content was sponsored by BoulderShares, as were the polo shirts Culinary Team Haiti wore when not cooking. The winner of this contest received $2,000 for a charity of his or her choice.
Coincidentally, Chef Jouvens Jean, a native Haitian, won and donated his winnings back to the CHTAEF-Haiti Project. Coupled with the $8,000 sponsorship, CHTAEF was able to meet the $10,000 needed to accommodate the tuition and related education fees and send Christele to culinary school to pursue pastry studies.
Following is Christele’s letter of thanks to BoulderShares:
Christele began studies at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute in September 2012 and has excelled in all her academic endeavors there. She is driven to become the best pastry chef in Haiti and represent her country exceptionally. Christele is now embarking on an exciting internship at Galley Bay, one of the premiere resorts in Antigua.
Chef Valery Abraham, owner of Folies Gourmandes in Pétion-Ville—a suburb of Port-au-Prince in Haiti—has served as Christele’s mentor since February 2012. She commented “Christele is a quick learner and has a natural flair and focus for pastry. She has natural skills in plating techniques and never afraid to experiment.”