Nine Bajans for Taste Of The Caribbean
Eight chefs and one bartender will represent Barbados at this year’s Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste Of The Caribbean competition in Miami, United States, from June 28 to July 2.
They are team captain chef Jason Jospeh, chefs Willis Griffith, Marvin Applewaithe and Antonio Sivers, pastry chefs Keisha Nurse, Katrina Depeiza-Hall and Trenel Ifill, junior chef Trevon Stoute, and bartender Rohan Hackshaw.
Led by team manager chef Creig Greenidge and bartender manager Jamaal Bowen, they will be defending the coveted title of Caribbean Team Of The Year, which Barbados walked away with in 2013, along with Team Gold, Gold (Seafood), Best Use Of Seafood, and Junior Chef Of The Year, among other medals.
Michelle Smith-Mayers, assistant executive vice-president of the BHTA, said the members of the team had been busy training for the competition for the past few months and were looking forward to an exciting competition: “They have been practising and training for a while and are ready for the competition.
The team [are] focused on what they want to achieve at competition and each of them will be doing their best to come out on top this year,” she said.
Smith-Mayers noted that in addition to winning awards at the competition, members of the team were also looking forward to the development aspect of Taste Of The Caribbean.
“This event isn’t only about competition. It is also a major training and development tool for our chefs and bartenders, as it also features educational seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations,” she said.
Adding that the process of training the team was also about more than competition, as it was also used to build culinary talent on the island, she said: “Chefs like our team manager Creig Greenidge, who runs his own catering company, as well as chefs Michael Harrison, Angela Garraway, John Hazzard and Michael Hinds and this year’s bartender manager Jamaal, have all come through this process, and it makes them much stronger food and beverage experts. It has helped them to excel in their careers.” (PR)