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‘Know when to cheer’- Gold medal Chef Kenneth Molyneaux

- tells supporters travelling with National Culinary Team to Taste of the Caribbean event
Taste of the Caribbean is being held in Miami, Florida from June 21 – 26, 2019 and will see a Virgin Islands team of eleven and other support/backup members taking on the annual challenge in food and beverage competitions. Photo: VINO
Gold medal chef and Virgin Islander, Kenneth Molyneaux is a judge at the Taste of the Caribbean event this year and has forewarned the team not to expect him to go easy on them as he will judge them hard to ensure they put their best forward. Photo: VINO
Gold medal chef and Virgin Islander, Kenneth Molyneaux is a judge at the Taste of the Caribbean event this year and has forewarned the team not to expect him to go easy on them as he will judge them hard to ensure they put their best forward. Photo: VINO
From left: Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Junior Minister of Tourism Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rhymer (R5) at the farewell for the National Culinary Team at Village Cay on June 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
From left: Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Junior Minister of Tourism Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rhymer (R5) at the farewell for the National Culinary Team at Village Cay on June 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the farewell for the National Culinary Team at Village Cay on June 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the farewell for the National Culinary Team at Village Cay on June 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With a larger than usual contingent of supporters heading to Miami, Florida to support the Virgin Islands’ National Culinary Team at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean event, Chef Kenneth Molyneaux has cautioned, “..try not to cheer on too much.”

The gold medal Chief, while commending the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government and the private sector for supporting the team, noted “It takes a lot of guts, a lot of heart, and when you have the country’s support there by you it makes you feel even more stronger in moving forward.”

The team departed these shores today June 19, 2019 and will be in competitions starting Friday. “We are going two days ahead, I am not going to be there with them, I cannot socialise with them when I am over there.”

Molyneaux is a judge at the event this year and has forewarned the team not to expect him to go easy on them as he will judge them hard to ensure they put their best forward.

Know when to cheer

The top Virgin Islands chef admonished those at the farewell to not just show support for the team here at home but also while in competition in Miami. “We are a small gathering right here and trust me when we go to Miami it is a total different feeling. It’s like you are up against the whole of the United States, that’s how it feels.”

Mr Molyneaux; however, cautioned, “The support is good but I always try to encourage not to cheer on too much when the guys are actually cooking. Because you know when people cooking and you hearing all this noise you could get distracted, if you are not used to being in the spotlight.”

He said that based on his personal past experiences he advised, “If you are going to cheer on the team you got to know when to do it. You could tell when your team behind, you could tell when they are in front.”

The spotlight

Mr Molyneaux believes he has seen something in the team he thinks they haven’t seen in themselves. “That ambition, is like they want to win but there are steps that you need to go before you win and the discipline starts from here. When they go to Miami and they don’t take that discipline, I am going to be real, they are going to fall apart, because pressure, when the pressure hits, that is when you are actually in the spotlight, its different from when you are among your peers.”

Whipped in shape

Chairman of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association Nona Vanterpool-Bonelli told those gathered at the farewell event that it was just two months ago that they relied on the advice of Chef Molineux to determine whether or not the Virgin Islands could have a team at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean.

“After consulting with Kenneth, we had a practice dinner, he looked at the team, he said, yea I could whip them in shape, we could be ready in time,” said Mrs Mrs Vanterpool-Bonelli adding, “He took them, he nurtured them, he critiqued them and that’s why we have a team heading to Miami.”

That led to her seeking the blessing of her Board and from then it has been a fervent commitment which also fitted into the rebranding phase of the BVICCHA.

Among those present at Village Cay on Monday night, June 17, 2019 to bid the team farewell were Junior Minister of Tourism Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rhymer (R5) among other sponsors, including TICO, Rite Way, VISTS, JTV, and Supa Value.

8 Responses to “‘Know when to cheer’- Gold medal Chef Kenneth Molyneaux”

  • .... (19/06/2019, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
    Them for who them want!!
  • Truth (19/06/2019, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (22) Reply
    Team bronze probably, maybe gold in 1 event but no winners. This team is a joke, all the chefs in the country and they choose to send a college lead team, joke. The only time Team BVI won gold there was an old white guy in charge, they have never come close since.

    Team leader won Gold in one event, if so good why are these chefs restaurants not the top in the country?

    Help was offered and shunned, they are only interested in themselves not the country.

    Good luck to them, but you are putting the wrong foot forward.
    • @Truth (19/06/2019, 16:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      "Team bronze probably, maybe gold in 1 event but no winners." While you may be right, I'm rooting for them to prove you wrong. And, please allay my curiosity -- how could they earn, "Team bronze probably, maybe gold in 1 event" and still not be considered winners?
      • Truth (19/06/2019, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
        In the competitions awards are given to nearly everyone, the levels are Gold Silver and Bronze, there is only 1 team that can win but many teams can attain Gold as long as their percentage is high enough like getting an A in school.

        To win you must be the highest scoring team, they will not be, by a long way.
  • ccc (19/06/2019, 14:35) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    VIP in so the bvi has taken off like a jet plane

    All the best to the team
  • The Reaper (19/06/2019, 17:44) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    know when to cheer. Really Who cheer for Buju Tell me. Sad
  • Most Importantly (20/06/2019, 07:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is Ms. Barry? I heard she went away to school and is doing so good why no one is acknowledging her hard work!? AND BY THE WAY She is still apart of the "National Culinary Team".


    Bias People you guys are.
  • fat (20/06/2019, 11:45) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    From the looks of the team, they indeed like to cook @ eat. Best of luck Team BVI


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