ABHTA Awards Culinary Scholarships to Budding Young Junior Chefs

Azarie Crump - St. Joseph's Academy

ABHTA Awards Culinary Scholarships to Budding Young Junior Chefs

Antigua and Barbuda, Tuesday June 4, 2024 – Inspired by the recent Taste of Wadadli Junior Chef Cook-Off Competition and the remarkable talent and skills displayed by young culinary students, the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association has awarded culinary scholarships to four outstanding students.

Three students currently in their final year of High School will each receive a full two-year scholarship to the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute all sponsored by the ABHTA’s Tourism Development Fund (TDF).

Scholarship recipients are Azarie Crump from Saint Joseph’s Academy, Shemiah Francis from All Saints Secondary School, and Gregoryann Thomas from Sir McChesney George Secondary School. Additionally, Ashauny Rattary of the Antigua State College will receive funding towards his studies in Food Science at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica.

Shemiah Francis – All Saints SS

These scholarships valued at almost EC$30,000 are made possible through the ABHTA’s Tourism Development Fund contributed by Hermitage Bay, Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Curtain Bluff, Copper and Lumber Store Hotel and Jumby Bay Island.  The TDF is designed to contribute to the development of the sector and such awards underscores the significance of these hotels supporting this initiative of the ABHTA.

Gregoryann Thomas – Sir McChesney George SS

The Taste of Wadadli Junior Chef Cook-Off Competition plays a crucial role in developing young local culinary talent and has a positive impact on the hospitality sector.

Ashauny Rattary – Antigua State College

By providing a platform for budding chefs to showcase their skills, the competition encourages creativity and excellence in culinary arts.

This not only prepares students for successful careers but also elevates the standards within the local hospitality industry, contributing to the overall growth and reputation of Antigua and Barbuda as a premier culinary destination.

Craig Marshall, Chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA), expressed his enthusiasm for the young chefs’ achievements. “We are incredibly proud of the talent and dedication demonstrated by these young chefs. Their passion for culinary arts is inspiring, and we are committed to supporting their educational journeys. These scholarships are a testament to our belief in nurturing the future leaders of our hospitality industry.”

The Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute is instrumental in developing individuals for the hospitality sector, providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel.

As the Association sets its sights on the 2024 competition, it is delighted by the talent and skills expressed by these young chefs and looks forward to witnessing the abilities of the new cohort of competitors. Aspiring young chefs across Antigua and Barbuda are encouraged to apply through their schools, as registration is now open. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 462.0374/4928.


The Tourism Development Fund (TDF), established November 2010, is a voluntary fund set up by the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) to make a greater contribution to projects and activities which will add value to the local tourism industry and generate benefits to the various stakeholders who derive economic wellbeing from its growth.  The Fund will be used to help develop the young people of Antigua and Barbuda by providing training opportunities to those already within the tourism industry and scholarships to those desirous of pursuing further education to enter the industry which is the lifeblood of the island’s economy. 


The ABHTA collectively represents the hospitality industry by educating, advocating and promoting to increase visitation and the economic benefits for Antigua and Barbuda. The primary focus is on the needs and best interests of the members of the Association. The membership of the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels & Tourism Association is open to all hotels, restaurants, airlines, and companies directly or indirectly involved in the tourism sector of Antigua and Barbuda. Joining the Association is a way of showing your support of the island’s tourism product and helping us to further develop our tourism industry.

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