Chef Radiance Modeste

Radiance Modeste, of Virgin Gorda, is a recent graduate of the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies and a junior chef on the National Culinary Team. In June, she was the youngest competitor in the Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami, where she took first prize in the seafood category. The following are her words, condensed and edited by Claire Shefchik.

She started cooking from a very young age. She started out watching her father, and then went on watching YouTube and stuff, just teaching myself. Growing up, she wanted to be a dentist, but her passion cooking and baking. She loves them both equally, so feel that this is what she is going to do for years to come