The Armed Forces Catering Training School (AFCTS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Training Doctrines Command (TRADOC), has bagged the ultimate trophy as Champions of the 2022 West Africa Food Festival (WAFFEST) Challenge, Technical Universities and Catering Institutions category.

WAFFEST ’22 is the festival’s third edition since 2018, and was a 4-day celebration, which Ghana hosted at the Alisa Hotel, Ridge, Accra, with the closing ceremony being at the Coconut Groove Hotel, Accra, from 2-5 November, 2022.

AFCTS participated in the WAFFEST Technical Universities and Catering Institutions category on the grounds that, that school of GAF, has been affiliated with the Accra Technical University (ATU) since August 2018.

The Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG), in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), hosted WAFFEST ’22 with participation from thirteen (13) national chefs’ associations from Burkina Faso, Cameroun, The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, with Azerbaijan, Lesotho, Rwanda and South Africa as guest countries, where Azerbaijan and South Africa were the Guest Chef Judges of the contest.

The event highlighted the spectacular unity in diversity of the West African people through their gastronomic cultures, and the subregion as a primary culinary destination for food tourism; whiles Ghana, as the host nation showcased an array of indigenous meals, their method of preparation and the ways in which they can be promoted.

The meeting promoted the traditional food segment of tourism among chefs and traditional caterers in West Africa, highlighting how their work can lead to a reduction in imports of the industry commodities, while increasing the value of local produce, through placement of local dishes on international menus.

The chefs associations also generated a working document to end food waste and contribute to accelerating Africa’s effort in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by year 2030.

Events at the festival included Culinary Conference, Cooking Challenge between participating countries, Jollof War, and an excursion and sightseeing tour for participants within the Greater Accra region.

WAFFEST commenced in Accra, Ghana in September 2018, by the Chefs’ Association of Ghana (CAG) in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Foundation (GTF), Tourism Society of Ghana and Ghana Tourism Authority. Subsequently, the 2nd edition of WAFFEST was held in October, 2019 in Accra, whiles Liberia took over in 2021 in Monrovia, and Nigeria is due to host the 4th edition in 2023.

WAFFEST which aims at promoting West African cuisines, also highlights cooking skills, encourages food tourism, cultures, music, workforce development and helps committed chefs. The 2022 edition featured a general class where lessons about the making of varied West African cuisines took place, and afforded the opportunity for world education about West African dishes.



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