The Belize Tourism Industry Association initiated an Advanced level culinary training today at the ITVET compound. The three-day training is being facilitated by a certified Mexican Chef. John Burgos, Executive Director of the BTIA, spoke on the content of the training.
John Burgos, Executive Director, Belize Tourism Industry Association: “Today is the initiation of a problem that we began to discuss with the Mexican Embassy last year which we signed an MOU so we were able to provide more advanced opportunities for people in the service industry in Belize so that we can improve the quality of the service being offered. So what we are doing over the next three days is an advanced culinary training. We have a certified chef trainer from Quintana Roo, his name is Raul Recendes so he’s works with different hotels and chains of restaurants so he’s going to be the one sharing his knowledge and expertise. Today basically you’re looking at just a refresher of some of how you set up your kitchen, some of the best practices cleanliness, cross contamination and how to avoid that stuff and then on Tuesday and Wednesday he’s going to go more into the technical stuff, the more practical stuff where he’s going to be doing some molecular techniques. For all the training that the Belize Tourism Industry Association offers we always provide it with a training recognizing that they participated it states the level and the number of hours. This is a twenty hour training program so that’s going to be stated there. The long term vision right now with working with the training institute in Quintana Roo is we want to be able to have their programs be fully recognized within Belize through the Ministry of Education but that’s going to be a process that we’re going to have to pursue but that is the long term vision of this partnership. We want to reach out to the community, to the stakeholders; please reach out to the BTIA office, let us know what other training opportunities- we’re doing culinary but we’re going to be venturing into customer service, we’re going to be venturing into waiting staff, housekeeping staff, bartending, we’re even going to look at best practices for tour operators and tour guides.”
BTIA will also coordinate trainings for bartending and customer service.