Barbados has a new Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year.
They are Damian Leach, Shemar Bishop, Rodney Corbin and Shane McClean, who took the respective titles in the just concluded Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) 2018 Barbados Culinary Competition.
Leach, who retained his 2016 title, and Bishop are from Cocktail Kitchen while Corbin is from Sea Breeze Hotel and McClean from Buzo Ostoria Italiana.
The winners and runners-up in each category now have the opportunity to join the award-winning Barbados Culinary Team and be trained to represent Barbados at local and international culinary and bartender competitions, exhibitions and other food and beverage appearances. That training will be under the guidance of some of the most celebrated chefs and bartender maestros.
The first competition appearance by the team will be at the 2018 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition, hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) from June 22 to 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.
“The Taste of the Caribbean event is a wonderful experience which will allow our team members the opportunity to display their mastery and creativity to food and beverage aficionados and professionals from across the globe,” BHTA’s CEO Rudy Grant said.
“Moreover, individual participants will be able to compete for the honour of Caribbean Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year, each of which has been won by members of previous teams.”
He further stated that in addition to the individual competition prizes, he was again looking forward to Barbados winning Gold in the much coveted Caribbean National Team of the Year Award category.]]>