Refugee Chef hosts National Pastry and Cookery Competition in preparation for Africa Contest
search for a national team for the African Pastry Cup
Chef Eric, (far left) with some of the contestants and officials of the Chefs Association of Ghana
A refugee Chef in Ghana, Douoba Eric’s Golden Chef Foundation has partnered with the Chefs Association of Ghana in organizing a national qualifying contest to get a National Pastry and Cookery Team for the African Pastry Cup and Bocuse dÓr Africa championship in Morocco in June this year. Professional Chefs from different parts of Ghana participated in the event and displayed their culinary skills to the excitement of the judges.
Winners of the national rounds from different African Countries will be pitting their skills against each other in Morocco in order to determine the 2 countries that will take part in the finals of the global Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France.
Chef Jove Ansah, an Executive of the Ghana Chefs Association who was one of the judges for the Accra event said such an event offers the opportunity for industry players to see their strengths and weaknesses so as to be able to properly align contestants towards what is expected on international platforms. He said working with Chef Eric has been great. “Eric is also a part of the association and its always a pleasure to work with him and together impact the industry and the economy of Ghana as a whole” he added. He was hopeful the final to represent Ghana in Morocco will make a great impacted. “I see some potential which we can groom further.
Two finalists were selected after the event with another 3 on standby to be groomed for the Morocco contest where the Team from Ghana is expected to make a strong impact and hopefully progress for the prestigious Bocuse d’or which is the International Gastronomic Competition in France next year.
Chef Eric as he is popularly called is an Ivorian Refugee who arrived in Ghana in 2011 as a result of post-electoral violence in Cote d’Ivoire. He works at the Golden Tulip in Accra and owns the Golden Chef Foundation, a private cheffing school in Ghana which he started since 2013 with little support from UNHCR. The school has been offering training programs and seminars on Cheffery Eric’s motivation is to help train young people and help Ghanaian chefs to stand out in the industry. He however indicated that the school still needs some support by way of equipment to be able to position itself well and make the necessary impact.
“Currently we lack some key equipment for training. If we can get that, I believe we will make a great impact that will affect the culinary industry in not just Ghana but West Africa” Eric Douoba
When asked where he sees himself in the next few years, Chef Eric indicated that he’s looking forward to expanding the school and getting people from other countries coming to train