Ariq Flax-Clarke was born on September 13th, 1997, and is currently in his last year of high school at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre. For Ariq, cooking is everything. From the age of six he developed a love for cooking and would make his way to the kitchen in the middle of the night while everyone was asleep, to prepare dishes for the next day’s lunch or simply to practice.
Upon graduation from BFEC in July 2014, Ariq intends to attend the Johnson and Wales University in Miami, Florida to enhance his culinary skills. Ariq won the first annual Junior Chef Challenge in November 2012 and is currently the reigning champion. The Junior Chef Challenge was was held last year as an addition to the Janice Blyden Table Setting and Service Competition co-hosted by the BVI Tourist Board and Rosewood Little Dix Bay.
Ariq’s first job was working at one of the BVI’s top resorts, Rosewood Little Dix Bay. During the Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks, he is allowed the opportunity to hone his skills and has come to the realization that his ultimate goal is to become an executive chef. To Ariq, Bobby Flay is one of the greatest chefs in the world and is a favourite of his, from whom he draws inspiration. Diners Drive Ins and Dives, Restaurant Impossible and Chopped are among those shows on the Food Network that Ariq frequently views for learning purposes. Ariq, however, is most inspired by his grandmother, the late Norma Flax, chef extraordinaire, who taught him the basics of the kitchen at a very young age.
Ariq loves to make desserts, pizza, and salads. He creates many pasta dishes that would rival any that are produced in the BVI’s top restaurants. His Lemongrass Ice Cream always leaves you wanting more.
When Ariq isn’t in the kitchen, he enjoys fishing, remote control boat racing and playing his favourite pop songs on the piano.