Seychellois cuisine is the cuisine of the Republic of Seychelles, an archipelago country consisting of 115 islands. Fish plays a prominent part in country’s cuisine because of its location in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles’s cuisine has been influenced by African, British, French, Indian and Chinese cuisines.The use of spices such as ginger, lemongrass, coriander and tamarind are a significant component of Seychellois cuisine.Fresh fish and fruits are sold by street vendors in various places.
Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.
Alexandra Schnell is 19 years old, she is a second year student currently studying at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) in the Advanced Diploma inFood Production and Culinary Arts . This young, passionate and talented trainee is driven by hard work and determination which is the backbone of making it in this industry. Coming from a Seychellois/ Swiss background she is able to fluently speak three languages and have inherit qualities from both backgrounds which enables her to understand the complexity of both cuisines.
Alexandra has undergone various job attachments and training from prestigious hotels in the Seychelles namely Hilton Resort and Spa, Le Meridien of starwood and the Boat House. This hard working young Chef also does part time at one of the leading Catering establishment ISPC Seychelles, where she works with the finest Chefs locally and also internationally to cater for banquets, graduations and VIP functions.
Her goal in life as a young adult is to gain maximum knowledge in her field of work. She always does her best in everything, and not taking any challenges as barriers but as opportunities and experiences.
With the population of not more than 90,000 inhabitants the Seychelles islands depends highly on the tourism industry, therefore the need of professional and qualified hoteliers is a top priority for this unique tropical archipelago situated 4 to 10 degrees south of the equator.
In 2007 after 10 years under the name of Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Training College (SHTTC) the college changed to the Current Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) which is situated exactly where before used to be the former American Tracking Station. Located at the hilltop of La Misere the academy has one of the most beautiful scenery, overlooking the longest bay in Seychelles on the South Westerly Coast of the island of Mahe.
After 18 years of success, the Academy is currently extending and modernizing its facilities, upon completion the academy will be equipped to host more than 600 students locally and internationally to join the academy on different courses. A project of building hillside villas will soon follow so to bring the real life practical aspect to the students.
The aim of the academy is to train, develop and upgrade committed school leavers and tourism employees with the aim of ensuring a highly competent tourism workforce in order to enhance the country’s overall competitiveness towards the achievement of sustainable tourism development.