50 chefs and cooks from touristic beach towns in the South of Guatemala graduated from the Seafood Cuisine Diploma
The Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- awarded with a scholarship for the Seafood Cuisine Diploma to 50 chefs and cooks from Las Lisas and El Chapeton, beach towns located 175 kilometers South from Guatemala City. The diploma was given by the Technical Training and Productivity Institute -Intecap- in alliance with the Ministry of Economy and the local government of Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa.
The “Seafood Cuisine” Diploma is part of the plan to support the reactivation of the economy in the beach area of the South of Guatemala. On this occasion, two graduation acts were held, the first in the village of Las Lisas, where 26 chefs and cooks graduated, and the other one in the village of El Chapeton with the graduation of 24 chefs and cooks who learned innovative recipes based on seafood.
The objective is to expand the gastronomic offer of hotels, restaurants, and dining rooms in the beach area so that they can offer it as a tourist attraction. The diploma course lasted 80 theoretical-practical hours for the preparation of dishes with products from artisanal fishing. Additionally, the participants learned how to implement good manufacturing practices and marketing of the finished product.
The chefs and cooks who participated in the Gastronomic Diversification Diploma continued their training with a scholarship for the “Seafood Cuisine” Diploma granted by Fundazucar as part of the inter-institutional alliance, which promotes a strategy for local economic development.
The Economic Development Strategy for Fishing and Gastronomic Tourism aims to expand the gastronomic offer of hotels, restaurants, and dining rooms in the beach area of the municipalities of Iztapa and Sipacate, Escuintla; Chiquimulilla and Taxisco, Santa Rosa; and San Andres Villa Seca and Champerico, Retalhuleu.