The Jean and Norma Holder Hospitality Institute Wins Major International Award

The Jean and Norma Holder Hospitality Institute’s (JNHHI) flagship Culinary Arts programme has been hailed as the best in the region.

The programme, one of several offered at the JNHHI, earned the institute the title of Caribbean’s Best Culinary in the recently held World Culinary Awards 2023.

It was back in June that news emerged of the JNHHI’s nomination by the prestigious body. It was the first time the institute was nominated in the category, competing against schools in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Voting was held over the next several months and on October 16th, the category winner announcement was made in Dubai, that the JNHHI had won in the highly competitive category.

Reacting to the win, Director of the JNHHI, Jennifer Barrow noted that “ It is an honour to have been nominated and to have won from among all others who were nominated in the region. It is great to lead a team of faculty and support staff at the Jean and Norma Holder Hospitality Institute as we continue to strive to give our best to our students.  The Culinary Arts programme is our flagship programme and demand remains high, so this international award is testament to our efforts.  We remain committed to staying on top of trends and international standards and will use this award as the impetus to strive for even greater achievements as a specialised tertiary educational institution”

BCC Principal, Annette Alleyne said “to be nominated in the first instance along with other premier culinary training institutions in the region is certainly an honour, but to be selected as the best for this prestigious award is both humbling and gratifying. It is a testament to skill, creativity and the high quality of the work at the Hospitality Institute over the years under the leadership of former Director Mrs. Bernice Critchlow-Earle and current Director, Ms. Jennifer Barrow. We are ecstatic about this achievement.”

In congratulating the staff and students of the Institute for their accomplishments, BCC Chair, Dr. Allison Leacock said: “Honour and humility should be your twin guides in receiving this award. The Board of Management warmly congratulates the JNHHI Team on this achievement. We also challenge you to renew and refresh your vision, skills and service to be on the cutting edge of the industry so you are ready for the future. Let JNHHI stand out for its innovation, commitment to sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental – and the preservation and promotion of community-based values with the aim to make tourism a driver for Barbados’ development and well-being.” 

The World Culinary Awards, held in Dubai this year, revealed its category winners on October 16th, 2023. Now in its fourth year, the Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in the culinary industry through its annual awards programme. It is the sister event of the World Travel Awards which has been celebrating excellence in travel and tourism since 1994.

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