PRESS RELEASE – It is a great pleasure to feature this week’s outstanding employee from Cap Maison. This week we feature a young man who has grown tremendously from the ground up (Literally from the ground).
Allan Jn Baptiste started his career during the year 1999 in the Grounds Department as a Gardener with ‘The Bodyholiday LeSPORT’, for approximate three (3) months.
Then, he acquired an opportunity to work as a Store Keeper. There he would be responsible for delivering supplies and ingredients to the kitchen.
Little did he know that his fate would change upon interacting and building a close relationship with the Pastry Chef at the time. Allan was asked whether he would be interested in becoming a Chef, which he said yes.
Determined to better himself and grow as a young professional, Allan would stay back until 11pm everyday to train in the kitchen after his 9am-5pm/7am-3pm shift.
Allan learned and trained hard for approximately 4 months and within 1 year he made a full transition into the kitchen as a Pastry Chef (Chef Allan Jn Baptiste).
Within that same year Chef Allan participated in the SLHTA’s Annou Tjuit Sent Lisi (Lets Cook St Lucia) competition winning the 2nd place prize.
After 6 years at LeSPORT, Chef Allan moved on to Discovery at Marigot Bay (Now Capella) as an Assistant Pastry Chef.
During his stint at Discovery, he got an opportunity to cater for the 2008 entertainers of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. Wyclef Jean who was one of the artists in the 2008 Jazz Festival called Chef Allan on stage and said that his Cheesecake was the BEST he has ever had and then they exchanged Jackets.
It was at that moment someone from the crowd spotted Chef Allan, and within a few days he received a call from General Manager Ross Stevenson, followed by a call from Executive Chef Craig Jones.
Six (6) year later, Allan is still the Pastry Chef at Cap Maison. Chef Allan has participated in several of the SLHTA Competitions, visiting secondary schools in the Chefs in Schools Programme to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation.
Allan has also received the opportunity to travel to Barbados and Bermuda to master his skills and learn the art of using chocolate in pastries.
Allan Jn Baptiste is a graduate of the Bocage Secondary School.