Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Last day for ‘Catch of the Week’


seafood sensations: Cro cro croquette, far right, served with bell pepper relish over a tomato confit and salmon roulade, served with a mango and red pepper relish.

Mark Fraser

 The Seafood Industry Development Company Ltd (SIDC), in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI), launched its “Catch of the Week” programme on April 7, at the Hilltop Restaurant, Chaguaramas.

“Catch of the Week” enters its final day today at the Hilltop Restaurant, from 12 to 2 p.m., and it aims to promote the consumption of local seafood and seafood products. The seven-day event will feature the locally grown tilapia, as well as marine species such as cro cro, sea trout (silver salmon), cavalli and delicatessen fishery products such as gravlax and smoked tuna.

This event is one of the activities which support the Ministry of Food Production’s campaign “Put TnT on your Table” and its aquaculture initiatives as it seek to promote the consumption and use of local seafood products.

Director of TTHTI Dr Patricia Butcher expressed her gratitude to SIDC for commencing an initiative such as this, which she hopes would increase local seafood as a dining meat. 

She elaborated that by expo­sing the students (young chefs) of TTHTI to a variety of local seafood, the public know­ledge about seafood would increase and so, too, would their interest.

Manuj Kanick, director of SIDC, brought greetings on behalf of SIDC’s chairman, Brian Baig. He highlighted the importance of educating the country about seafood knowledge, as well as supporting entrepreneurs in fish production. 

A key project Kanick discussed was learning how to grow seafood species in-house and encouraging tilapia farming by offering training and development. 

He explained the creation of these projects was to facilitate shortcomings in the seafood industry, which is taking part on a global scale that may trickle down to Trinidad and Tobago.

Dishes were prepared by chef Kwesi Selvon and his team, and the event was hosted by Rianne Edmond (project assistant Trade and Market Development SIDC) and Heather John (marketing and customer service manager TTHTI).

“Catch of the Week” begins the first of many collaborations between both organisations as SIDC has agreed to be the seafood sponsor for TTHTI’s much-anticipated Iron Chef Competition.