Two of Gambia’s top chefs led by The President of Gambia Chef Association Chef Saikou Bojang participated in the recently concluded sub regional food festival and cooking competition where the duo emerged as runners up in two categories.

Team Gambia made it in the best plated desert and best decorated cake category exploring special skills in pastry.

The West Africa food festival and cooking competition hosted by Liberia is an avenue for west African chefs to display their skills and compete in various categories.

More chefs joined the third edition, which witnessed a display of unique and exciting cuisine starting with the chefs cooking competition, pastry contest, young chefs award alongside an inter schools cooking competition and exhibition.

The Gambian team who were champions in the previous edition failed to retain their championship title after arriving late for the competition due to air ticketing issues.

The team however managed a decent runners up entry in two categories due to the efforts of Chef Assan Demba and Chef Saikou Jawara.

The Gambia battled with 8 participating west African countries, namely: Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Gambia, Benin, Mali and Sierra Leone while guest countries includes South Africa , Botswana, Rwanda, U.A.E. Dubai, Philippines, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia Nepal and Azerbaijan.

Award winning international Chef and President of the Gambia Chef Association, Saikou Bojang,  who also doubles as the director of Programs for the African chef alliance  served as a judge alongside other top chefs in the African continent.

Chef Bojang expressed his delight to be selected among many chefs in Africa to serve as a judge.

“Through food we become better. Now can we empower those behind the scenes to making sure our food is prepared nicely and presented in the best way possible. All hospitality sectors around the world can’t survive without chefs..,” the six time international award winning chef and President of the Gambia chef association who is an Ambassador for Gambian  gastronomy, told Alkamba Times.

Chef Bojang congratulated his colleagues for raising the Gambian flag by displaying the best of Gambian cuisine.

The Gambia chefs association is the only national team that has won all international competitions for three consecutive years in a row under Mr Bojang’s tutelage.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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