The annual culinary event Bermuda Gourmet Getaway (BGG) left foodies around the island with full stomachs and satisfied palates; however, the five-day food and wine celebration also helped two budding chefs pursue their dreams.

Held in conjunction with BGG, the Bermuda Culinary Arts Development Fund (BCADF) is managed by Total Marketing & Communications and was established to provide financial assistance to enable young Bermudians to further their education in the culinary arts and hospitality industry.

This year's recipients, Brian Richens and Ashley Tucker, successfully demonstrated their commitment to the hospitality industry and have received a combined total of $7500 to put towards their further education and the development of their careers.

After earning a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, Mr. Richens, worked at Harrington Hundreds Grocery store as a manager in the Dairy and Freezer Department. While there, he got the opportunity to fill in for the store's chef on occasion, which sparked an unexpected passion for food.