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Last September, the Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG), organized the maiden edition of the West African Food Festival (WAFFEST).

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Ghana, 07th November 2018

The Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG) under the leadership of its President Chef Isaac Kofi Sackey and his national executive organized the maiden edition of the West African Food Festival (WAFFEST) from the 19th to the 21st of September 2018.

This was the first major festival for the West African region after the CAG recently joined the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs) and was seen as an advocacy platform to encourage and stimulate more African chefs to form an Association and join the Worldchefs fraternity.

WAFFEST attracted participation from countries like Togo, Benin, Gambia, Nigeria, Liberia and host country Ghana. Other observers and judges who attended included Chef Shaun Smith (South Africa), Chef Ilkin Hanifa Akbarzade (Azerbaijan) and Chef John Hill house (Fiesta Residence Hotel- Ghana )

It was support by the Ghana Tourism Authority and Ghana Tourism Federation and was graced by the presence of Mr Akwasi Agyeman (CEO Ghana tourism Authority) and Mrs Bella Ahu (GHATOF President).

 

WAFFEST going forward will become an annual regional initiative to help foster West African networking relationships, celebrate and showcase our regional cuisine on a global platform, promote sustainability and chef development, and through regional competitions build capacity towards competing internationally on a world standard.

Part of the festival was also devoted to youth development and Technical University food production students were invited to attend and compete in preparing and presenting indigenous West African dishes.

WAFFEST was embraced by key stakeholders in the Tourism sector of the participating countries and this helped ensure the success of this maiden festival. Going forward it is anticipated to be a permanent feature on the tourism calendar in Ghana and the rest of the region. 

Long live CAG, long live African Chefs, and long live Worldchefs.

 

 

Chef Issac Sackey

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