Barbados culinary team off to Miami

Members of the 2017 Barbados Culinary Team left the island this morning in high spirits, headed to Miami to represent the island at this year’s Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean, the region’s premier culinary competition and showcase.

They are: Chefs Damian Leach, Willis Griffith, Kirk Ruck, Andre Nurse, Javon Cummins and Ron Maynard; Junior Chef Nicolas Ifill and Mixologist Ryan Adamson. The team is accompanied by Team Manager Henderson Butcher, Team Training Assistant Glenroy Alleyne and Bartender Training Manager Jamaal Bowen.

The 2017 Barbados culinary team at the Grantley Adams International Airport this morning before heading off to Taste of the Caribbean in Miami.

Barbados will be competing against 13 other Caribbean islands during the event which runs fromJune 2 to 6. Team members will also have the opportunity to broaden their skills and techniques by participating in a number of innovative and educational seminars for food and beverage professionals.

Butcher explained that the team just completed months of training in preparation for Taste of the Caribbean and was ready for the competition.

“We have taken them through some serious training which they will now take with them to the competition and deliver Caribbean cuisine in an international style,” he said.

“We have had lots of help from sponsors and a number of persons who passed through the training sessions and gave advice, which we were grateful for. We are now at the point where we will be delivering very proudly for Barbados.”

Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Roseanne Myers, wished the team good luck.

“Though I won’t be there with you in person when you compete, I will be there in spirit and want to wish you the very best as you fly that Barbados flag very high. We hope that you will come back with the gold that you deserve,” she told the team members.

The BHTA’s chief executive officer Rudy Grant left the island ahead of the team earlier this week to attend CHTA Board meetings and to lend support to the culinary team.

8 Responses to Barbados culinary team off to Miami

  1. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter June 2, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Good luck guys !!! Repping the Bajan flag 🙂 🙂

  2. Patricia Rock
    Patricia Rock June 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Good luck to the team

  3. Ruth Layne
    Ruth Layne June 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Team Barbados go for it

  4. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch June 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Good luck

  5. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond June 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Best Wishes .

  6. Sonia T Phillips
    Sonia T Phillips June 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Goodluck fellow’s keep the flavors up and the drinks too,hold wunna heads high and lick’s them stiff

  7. Karen Reid June 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Good luck guys!!
    Question:women aren’t great chefs too?

  8. Karen Reid June 3, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Good luck guys!
    Btw ,women aren’t great chefs too?


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