Ghanaian student chef wins American, Ghanaian chicken recipe competition

Mr Robert Jackson (left) presenting the dummy cheque to the winner, Ms Ngmenba-Engaa (2nd left). With them are Executive Director of FDA, Delese Mimi Darko (3rd left) and other dignitaries.

Mr Robert Jackson (left) presenting the dummy cheque to the winner, Ms Ngmenba-Engaa (2nd left). With them are Executive Director of FDA, Delese Mimi Darko (3rd left) and other dignitaries.

A Student chef of the Tamale Technical University (TTU) in the Northern Region, Josephine Ngmenba-Engaa, has won the 2017 edition of the American and Ghanaian Chicken Recipe Competition.

She beat six other contestants from sister- technical universities, to win a two-week trip to New York, where she would undergo intensive culinary training at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Mohammned Suleman, Accra TU; Michael Amoah, Sunyani TU; Albert Kemenyo, Takoradi TU; Rhoda Rejoice Obenu-Teye, Kumasi TU; Theresa Kumi, Koforidua TU and Elizabeth Awuya, Bolgatanga TU, took the second to fifth positions respectively.

All contestants received prizes including utensils, stoves, fabrics, and microwave.

The competition was jointly organised by the United States of America (USA) Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF).

In its third year, it aims at popularising chicken menus in Ghana; enhancing creativity among student-chefs in local and continental chicken menu preparation to boost the hospitality sub-sector.

At the awards ceremony on Thursday, US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson said the concept was introduced to complement government’s efforts to improve domestic poultry production and consumption.

He said the US was funding projects worth $56 million aimed to improve local entrepreneurship, ensure food security to transform the domestic value chain of the local industry.

He encouraged the consumption of poultry products to sustain and develop the sub-sector, and pledged to enhance the relations between the two countries for mutual benefit.

The event was attended by officials from the sponsoring organisation, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), industry players and lecturers and students from participating technical universities.

By Jonathan Donkor and Pricilla Allottey

 

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