Williams is currently a senior chef with Le Bon Vivant (LBV) in Muri. His food experience started when he was cooking part time while studying sports science in New Zealand, working in the kitchen eventually became a passion.
Pokino is undertaking a chef apprenticeship for the ‘Seafood Man’ at Muri Market, following in the footsteps of his older brother and father in the Culinary Arts; he is studying with CITTI in the City & Guilds L1 Certificate in Food Preparation & Cookery.
The Cook Islands last competed at this competition in Guam in 2017 when national team members Teraitua Cuthers-Boxhoorn (head chef of Cocoputt & Ale House) received a bronze medal and Dayna Tuiravakai (pastry chef with LBV) missed out by a few points on a bronze medal for the Global Young Chefs event, led by former trainer and association president Sam Timoko.
CI Chefs Association president and trainer, Karlene Taokia travelled with Williams and Pokino, while the finance director Ovaia Liew also joined the team.
The World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) is an international body of Chefs Associations worldwide where 103 member nations are divided into seven continents (sectors).
The Cook Islands is one of the smallest member nations of WACS and has been affiliated since 2012. It is part of the Pacific Rim Continent that includes: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea.
The Global Chefs Challenge series is a biennial event, where member nations are divided into five continents: Africa & Middle East, Americas, Asia, Europe and Pacific Rim. There are three competition categories for the challenge: Global Chefs Challenge (24yrs+), Global Young Chefs - The Hans Bueschkens Trophy (under 24yrs) and the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge.
Winners from each continent, then go on to compete in the Global Chefs Challenge Finals in the host country of the World Chefs Congress (biennial).
Getting the team to Australia would not have been possible without the support of CI Tourism, RaroPro, Terina Teiri Karati, Back to Back Solutions, AJ Taxis, family, friends, and the other Pacific Rim nations says the association.