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Saipan chef returns from US culinary convention

A CHEF is not only trained in food preparation but should also be an advocate for sustainability and against food waste, said Grandvrio Resort executive chef Samson Tan who just returned from the American Culinary Federation convention in Orlando, Florida.

“I am happy to share with my colleagues here in the CNMI what I’ve learned,” he said referring to the convention held from Aug. 4 to 8 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

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Grandvrio Resort executive chef Samson Tan(left) with the other participants of the American Culinary Federation convention.
Grandvrio Resort executive chef Samson Tan, wife Glorybel and friends.  Contributed photos

Tan, whose participation was endorsed by the Micronesian Chefs Association and the Grandvrio Resort management, was invited to the convention as the CNMI’s sole representative.

“I was overwhelmed by the experience and I also met new friends,” he said.

Among other things, the participants learned about the latest innovations in their profession and the food industry. For example, Tan said the convention discussed the “next frontier of local cuisine.”

“There is a big clamor now for using locally grown food,” he added.

On Saipan, he said his “main focus now is to share with my colleagues the important things I’ve learned in Orlando.”

Tan said CNMI chefs are not far behind international standards.

“And we can be at par,” he added. He believes that hotels, restaurants and food catering services should regularly upgrade the skills and knowledge of their cooks and chefs.

Tan expressed his appreciation to the businesses and people who supported his participation in the Orlando convention: the Route Inn Hotels, chief executive officer Katsutoshi Nagayama, Grandvrio Resort Saipan management, the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Delta Trading Company, Pacific Engineering Group & Services, PEGS, RNV Construction, Panda Stores, Joeten Enterprises, FM Manpower Services, Chalan Kanoa Diocese Bishop Ryan Jimenez, friends and Tan’s wife Glorybel who accompanied him.

Tan said his wife, who works as a health ministry coordinator of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, learned a lot about healthy food preparations at the convention.