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Priests can cook…

Looking dapper in his straw hat, Fr Cornelius Phillip FMI presents his delicious fish.

Can priests cook? Yes! But with the help of other cooks if they want to serve hundreds of hungry patrons! There was a large turnout to taste the priestly fare. Most of the priests Catholic News saw at the event served the dishes (yes, we know priests can serve) but we did see Deacon Derek Walcott showing off his culinary skills with his ‘You Ent See Shrimp’ for patrons. Take a look at who else was there, captured by photographer Gerard-Paul Wanliss.

Interesting dish names at Priests Can Cook I

Some 1000 patrons congregated at the St John’s Ambulance Hall last Friday (September 29) to taste the culinary delights of over 40 priests and deacons at the Priests Can Cook fundraising event.

The venue was packed to capacity as patrons dined on a variety of mouth-watering dishes served by clergy and assistants donned in aprons and white chef hats. Attendees included President Anthony Carmona, Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Msgr Julien Kabore, Head of Mission at the Nunciature.

Participating clergy included Msgrs Cuthbert Alexander and Esau Joseph, Frs Simon Peter Ango, Robert Christo, Steve Duncan, Matthew d’Hereaux, Arnold Francis, Kenneth Assing, Christopher Lumsden, Deacons Lennox Toussaint, Michael Smith and Derek Walcott (see Page 12 & 13)

Dishes included pollock served with tamarind sauce, ‘Pullet from the Pulpit’, ‘Gracious Geera Pork’, ‘Lamb of God fish’, scrumptious curry goat, curry dumplings and the highlight of the evening – Archbishop Joseph Harris’ roasted pork.

The staff of St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain managed the dessert stall while St Anthony’s College, St Mary’s College, Presentation College, Chaguanas and San Fernando, prepared dishes.

The event began with an opening prayer by acting Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju, dressed in apron and chef’s hat. Live entertainment was provided by ace saxophonist Pedro Lezama, Sacred Heart Girls’ RC Primary Parang Band, the Camejo Clan, Take Five band with lead singer Derek Patience, and Desperadoes Steel Orchestra. Emcees were Glenn Davis and Peter C Lewis.

One lucky patron, Brenda Campbell, won the door prize of two tickets to Barbados via Caribbean Airlines.

Priests Can Cook was organised by the staff of Archbishop’s House and the Catholic Education Board of Management, with support from the St Mary’s College Past Students’  Union to raise enough funds to help four schools, Our Lady of Laventille, Diego Martin Boys’, Petit Valley Boys’ and La Romaine RC. – KJ