Foodie Focus: A love for cuisine at the Caribbean Culinary Institute
Photo: Culinary students at the Caribbean Culinary Institute pose for a photo with chef and restaurateur, Khalil Ali.
Creating the perfect jus, searing the perfect steak, and baking the smoothest macarons are just some of the culinary secrets being taught at the Caribbean Culinary Institute, run by chef Khalil Ali, owner of Pêche Pâtisserie.
Formed earlier this year, the Caribbean Culinary Institute (CCI) features a wide variety of cooking courses for all, ranging from beginner to expert, bringing the secrets of haute cuisine to the anyone who seeks to widen their culinary experience.
Speaking with LoopTT during a Masterclass on steak preparation, Ali, who attended the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu and has over 16 years experience with French haute cuisine, said his passion for cooking led him to want to share his knowledge with others.
(Video: Chef Khalil teaches students at a Masterclass on steak preparation at the Caribbean Culinary Institute.)
The courses are all taught above Ali’s Chaguanas restaurant in a large, expertly designed, state-of-the-art kitchen with a range of cooking stations fitted with LCD screens so that students can follow Ali during his demonstrations.
Ali’s knowledge of haute cuisine, paired with straightforward, simple explanations, peel away the mystery of difficult technical terms, breaking down the information so that all students can understand.
The courses are designed for a wide range of ages from children to adults, specialising in pastries, breads, and even a handy meal-prep course which caters for busy professionals or university students on the go.
Caribbean Culinary Institute
The Institute’s culinary courses are taught by Ali along with a host of well-known chefs including Pierre Yves Le Bhin, Ca-el Seebalak, Sharaz Mohammed, Bernard Long, Amit Raval, Chef Takehiko Ishiwata of Canadian Japanese fusion restaurant Basho, and Nigel Wharwood.
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