Duck curry aroma tantalizes hundreds at the National Park

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Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr Dhaneswhar Deonarine and Tourism Minister (ag), Mr Irfaan Ali putting the finishing touches to their duck curry (Photo by Adrian Narine)

WITH the aroma of Sujata curry filling the National Park Tarmac, King’s annual Duck Curry competition tantalised the taste buds of hundreds of persons yesterday. Participants from Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad, USA, Jamaica and St Vincent started early preparations as they sought to earn the distinction of being “The best duck curry chef in the Caribbean”.

The Suriname Team in 2013 definitely blew the judges’ mind with their version of curry, the first time a foreign team won the competition in Guyana.
Cooking up a storm at the National Park was Tourism Minister (ag) Irfaan Ali with his team comprising of staff from the Ministry of Tourism. Ali put his skills to the test while cooking duck curry with the ‘works’. He completely ‘wowed’ patrons as their amazement showed on their faces as they tasted the Minister’s cooking.
Key performers at the event included renowned Chutney King Rikki Jai, Guyana Baboo Terry Gajraj, Sally Sagram and the Extreme Band from Trinidad; The E-Networks Emerging Voices top 3, Guyana Chutney Queen Fiona and the Caribbean Hotshots. Admission was free and the action started from midday.
The proceeds of the duck curry competition are in aid of the Radio Needy Children’s Fund with plans to have games for kids in aid of the United Women for Children with Special Needs.
King’s duck curry competition would not be possible without the generous corporate support of Sujata Curry Powder, Banks DIH, Digicel, Golden Brook coconut oil, Guyana Lottery, Maggi, Ministry of Tourism, Impressions, TVG, E-Networks, and Massy.