Men Who Cook is still going strong after 30 years and last Saturday night’s edition at the Trinidad Country Club proved that the Women’s Organisation for the Underprivileged (WOUP) is a group with longevity.
Over 40 chefs and patissiers came out to show off their wares and it appeared as though the desserts were out front overall. The desserts looked sumptuous and were interestingly labelled with names like “Sexy and Sweet”, “Sugar Boy and Coco Devils producing Cheesecake”, black forest cake, marble-cheese cake, pone and a variety of mouth watering cupcakes.
In the food department there was a variety of meats and fish with names like “Fishy not Fairy Tale”, “Yes it’s Shrimp”, “Tantalizing Chick”, “Curry Quack Cluck with Pois d’Angole (Curry Duck and Yardie with Green Peas), “Japanese Wings”, “Trini Jerk”, “Caricom Pork”, “A Tale of Two Ducks” (Curry Duck) and “Chicken Cacciatore”.
The straight forward names included “Sio’s Ribs”, “Honey BBQue Ribs’, “Richy’s Ribs”, “Pepper Ribs”, “Callaloo a la JB”, “Crab filled Breast of Chicken”, “Spicy Chicken in Coconut lime Sauce”.
In the vegetable department Keith Toby outdid himself with a dish without a name, his braised melongene was superb. So too was his “Okra Surprise” and “Moy Moy”.
Dune Ali is the longest running chef in Men Who Cook having been there from the inception while Conrad Aleong set a record as his “Honey B B Que Ribs” was finished in just about five minutes.
Keith Simpson’s “Tale of Two Ducks” and “Sigler Jack’s Curry Duck and Yardie” were stories by themselves with the latter dedicated to Garth Gooding—A Man Who Cooked.
Students from the Servol Diego Martin Regional Life Centre dressed in their black and white outfits were involved in helping.
Entertainment for the evening was supplied by the band Take Five with Sonia Donawa, Jennifer Dickson and Derrick Patience. Bernadette Scott and her brother Louis and Cerilia Lopez made special appearances.
WOUP has donated to 15 charities since it was registered in 1987 and started Men Who Cook in 1988 with the husbands of the six women who founded the organisation.
Here are some highlights from Saturday night at the Country Club.