Thirteen members of the Barbados Culinary Team left the island this morning, headed to Miami to represent the island at this year`s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean.
They are Chefs Damian Leach, Willis Griffith, Kirk Ruck and Wilwore Jordan; Pastry Chefs Javon Cummins and Ron Maynard; Junior Chefs Nicolas Ifill and Marvin Applewhaite and Bartenders Ryan Adamson and Philip Antoine, who will be competing against 13 other Caribbean countries.
They are accompanied by team manager Henderson Butcher, bartender manager Jamaal Bowen and bartender trainer Rohan Hackshaw during the event, which runs from tomorrow to Friday, June 10.
In addition to the competition, the team will also be participating in a number of educational seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations all created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations, with titles including Global Trends, The Art of Plating, Healthy Menu Trends and Innovative Products and Technology for the food Service Industry Today.
CEO of the BHTA, Sue Springer, in wishing the team the best of luck during Taste said, “This is what you have been training so hard for over the past few months. We have seen your progress and we are confident that you will do your best and make Barbados proud as we celebrate our 50th year of Independence.
“Just as I encourage you to do your best during your team and individual competitions, I also want to advise you to take full advantage of all the other aspects of Taste, from the networking with other chefs across the region, to gaining knowledge from the many seminars and workshops, to learning more about new trends in the industry. Taste is much more than a competition - it is also a major training and development event and you should all ensure that you take in everything it has to offer.”
The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) Michelle Smith-Mayers and Judy Wilkinson, Chef Glen Alleyne and other BHTA members and industry supporters also headed to Miami with the team.