Nine traditional caterers from four regions in Ghana pitched their skills against each other in a cooking competition to showcase their creativity in a locally made menu preparation, in Accra on Thursday.
The cook-off event, which was the culmination of three regional food service seminar was jointly organised by USA Rice Federation, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council and American Peanut Council.
The competition also served as a platform to provide an opportunity to traditional caterers to prepare new traditional recipes in more creative ways.
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ms. Dzifa Gomashie, said traditional caterers formed an important link between the hospitality sector and the tourism industry.
According to her, it was important to build the capacity of caterers to enhance their creativity in menu preparation.
Ms. Gomashie said the annual regional event has educated 1,200 traditional food service providers receiving education on food hygiene, proper food preservation and information on rice, poultry and peanut butter from the United States since its inception three years ago.
He said that good quality food would ensure that the population is healthy and strong.
The Regional Agricultural counsellor of the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) in Ghana, David Wolf, said USDA was excited and proud to have provided a unique forum for the artisanal food service industry in Ghana to demonstrate their great skills and creativity using high quality U.S food products.
Mr.Rockson Dankwah who emerged the overall winner of the competition expressed his gratitude to the sponsors for their support, and encouraged fellow contestants to work harder next time.
He was awarded with a five burner gas cooker, one bag of rice and one carton of chicken.
By Benedicta Folley