All the hard work has paid off for the local National Chef Team, which has brought home the Caribbean Team of the Year award amongst others.
The 2013 Barbados National Chef Team has won Caribbean Team of the Year at the just concluded Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean event that took place in Miami from June 26 to June 30.
After weeks of preparations and with the positive criticism of members of the public, the National Chef Team has outperformed the competition to give Barbados another trophy for the mantle.
In addition to Team of the Year award, the chefs placed first in the Team Competition, Seafood Competition and also won Junior Chef of the Year. They placed second in Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Beef Competition and Rum of Puerto Rico competitions.
Moreover, the team also received the top nod in the categories of the Best Use of Beef, Best Seafood and in the bartending niche, the Most Creative Use of ingredients.
Congratulations are pouring out to members of the team, made up of training managers – Chefs Graham Licorish and Peter Edey; competition kitchen manager – Chef Michael Harrison; Chefs Andre Nurse, Nathan Crichlow and Kenneth Whittington; Junior Chef Javon Cummins; Pastry Chef Julian Broome and Bartender Rohan Hackshaw.
Over the years the Barbados Culinary Team has done extremely well at Taste, bringing home a number of medals and titles including Team of the Year, Chef of the Year and Most Innovative Menu among others, as well as the first Bartender of the Year title in 2012.
Taste of the Caribbean is the annual celebration of Caribbean cuisine and beverage and also provides the opportunity for the contestants to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues as they compete before a large audience of industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts.