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VI finishes 3rd in ‘Street Pork Competition’ in USA

- National Culinary Team in USA for Taste of the Caribbean competition
The Virgin Islands team preparing a traditional ‘street style pork dish’ at the Contemporary Caribbean Individual Street Pork Competition held in Miami, Florida on June 22, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands’ Senior Chef Caswall Ponte, 5th from left, and Chef Jolece Fraser, 4th from left, took third place in the Contemporary Caribbean Individual Street Pork Competition held in Miami, Florida on June 22, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands’ Senior Chef Caswall Ponte, 5th from left, and Chef Jolece Fraser, 4th from left, took third place in the Contemporary Caribbean Individual Street Pork Competition held in Miami, Florida on June 22, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Virgin Islands team opted to do the whole pork roast, which was a major attraction to many, before it was pulled to pieces to make a local styled dish. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Virgin Islands team opted to do the whole pork roast, which was a major attraction to many, before it was pulled to pieces to make a local styled dish. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Virgin Islands (VI) Culinary Team at the 2019 Taste of the Caribbean event. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Virgin Islands (VI) Culinary Team at the 2019 Taste of the Caribbean event. Photo: Team of Reporters
MIAMI, Florida, USA- The Virgin Islands (VI) Culinary Team copped its first medal on its mission to the 2019 Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami, Florida, with Senior Chef Caswall Ponte and Chef Jolece Fraser taking third place in the Contemporary Caribbean Individual Street Pork Competition held yesterday, June 22, 2019.

The duo, backed by other team members to put on display the VI’s best traditional “street style pork dish”, opted to do the whole pork roast, which was a major attraction to many, before it was pulled to pieces to make a local styled dish.

Youthful VI

The event, Caribbean 305 Contemporary Street Pork Cook-off, held at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami, saw fourteen Caribbean countries participating, the majority of which were dominated with seasoned adult chefs. For the VI team, it mainly was made up of youths.

And for taking third place in this competition, Chef Ponte expressed his satisfaction. In the JTV live stream of the event last night, Ponte said, “I want to thank the BVI and the great team they gave me. I want to tell them thanks very much because, comparing to the other countries, they gave me a lot of youths and I am proud of them.”

Chef Jolece Fraser, who was Ponte’s right hand person, said, “We worked hard and I am very thankful for third place.”

On hand to congratulate the team was Chairman of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) Nona Vanterpool-Bonalli, along with several others who travelled to Miami to support the team.

The main events of the Taste of the Caribbean competition begin today, June 23, 2019.

9 Responses to “VI finishes 3rd in ‘Street Pork Competition’ in USA”

  • Joc (23/06/2019, 12:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yaaa Ponte and Jo!!!
  • mother hen (23/06/2019, 12:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is great vino how they say you all only post negative stories

    Big up to the culinary team
  • -------------------- (23/06/2019, 13:13) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea yea bvi
  • My Goodness! (23/06/2019, 13:22) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not everyone can stomach that. I am not criticizing. It’s a good thing for those in this field but I can’t stand to see that with its tail and all. Kudos for those who can. Shows that everyone is really made different.

    Congratulations...
  • wet (23/06/2019, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    that pig making me hungry
  • Truth (23/06/2019, 21:51) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    funny never seen a whole pig roast in the BVI as a local dish, must be a college thing
    • Wow (24/06/2019, 08:46) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pig Roast was something big back in the days. Growing up as a child, no yard in the BVI was without a pig. But our culture has been so lost along the way!
      You've learnt something new!

      Kudos to the Team!
  • one eye (24/06/2019, 05:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big up after February 25, the bvi on the move


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