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VI excels at annual 'Taste of the Caribbean' 2018

The Virgin Islands (VI) National Culinary Team proved to be ‘worth their salt,’ when they participated and copped several top accolades in the annual 'Taste of the Caribbean' 2018, held in Miami in the United States of America, from June 22 to 26, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
VI Bartender, Everson Rawlins snagged the bronze medal in the Bartender of the Year Competition. Photo: Team of Reporters
VI Bartender, Everson Rawlins snagged the bronze medal in the Bartender of the Year Competition. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Gorda native and VI School of Technical Studies student, Radiance Modeste—reportedly the youngest in the competition at 17-years-old—was adjudged the overall winner of the seafood competition. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Gorda native and VI School of Technical Studies student, Radiance Modeste—reportedly the youngest in the competition at 17-years-old—was adjudged the overall winner of the seafood competition. Photo: Team of Reporters
Ariq F. Clarke, also of Virgin Gorda, secured a silver medal in the Junior Chef of the Year Competition and an honourable mention in the ‘Certified Angus Beef Competition.’Photo: Team of Reporters
Ariq F. Clarke, also of Virgin Gorda, secured a silver medal in the Junior Chef of the Year Competition and an honourable mention in the ‘Certified Angus Beef Competition.’Photo: Team of Reporters
MIAMI, Florida, USA - The Virgin Islands (VI) National Culinary Team proved to be ‘worth their salt,’ when they participated and copped several top accolades in the annual 'Taste of the Caribbean' 2018, held in Miami in the United States of America, from June 22 to 26, 2018.

The team, comprising mostly young people, outshined their regional counterparts in the one week competition hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) at the 'Hyatt Regency Miami' in Miami.

Virgin Gorda native and VI School of Technical Studies student, Radiance Modeste—reportedly the youngest in the competition at 17-years-old—was adjudged the overall winner of the seafood competition.

Ariq F. Clarke, also of Virgin Gorda, secured a silver medal in the Junior Chef of the Year Competition as well as an honourable mention in the ‘Certified Angus Beef Competition.’ The two are former winners of the “BVI Tourist Board Junior Chef Competition”,  and had travelled with the Board to the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Food and Wine Festival in 2015.

Culinary Arts

Clarke—a Johnson and Wales School of Culinary Arts, North Miami Campus student—participated in the event with schoolmate Lakesha M. Barry, who also received an honourable mention in the ‘Chocolate Competition.’

Clarke and Barry were also teammates in the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival while VI Bartender, Everson Rawlins, snagged the bronze medal in the 'Bartender of the Year' competition.  

Speaking to the team’s outstanding performance, Chairman of the VI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association, Mr Louis Potter, said “…we are pleased with the success of our team of junior chefs.”

VI Strong

According to Mr Potter, the VI team persevered in the toughest of circumstances, overcoming difficulties brought on by the passage of two major hurricanes, “overcoming the limitations imposed by last year’s storms, I think the team exemplified the essence of BVI Strong…I was impressed and proud of the performance of the team...I know our investment in this young team will reap dividends in the future.” 

Since its inception in 1993, the 'Taste of the Caribbean,' is said to be the region’s premier culinary competition, food and beverage educational exchange, and Caribbean cultural showcase. The event features the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams as they unite at taste to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats of the islands.

 

3 Responses to “VI excels at annual 'Taste of the Caribbean' 2018”

  • ... (29/06/2018, 10:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    congratulations Team BVI
  • True (29/06/2018, 11:59) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hi the girl won the seafood all the rest didn't win anything, all this does is self inflate mediocre cooks just like at school now you get a participation award thats all these mentions are, sad that they fired the guy that brought home the team Gold.
    • Nada Truth (29/06/2018, 14:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      What does an honuorable mention mean? What does a bronze medal equate to? And what does a silver medal mean? Please tell me the truth. I am clueless, despite I can read. Or perhaps you have me confused.


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