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#512904 - 04/06/16 11:03 AM Taste of Belize 2016  
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Indulge in succulent Belizean cuisines at the “2016 Taste of Belize” on May 14th 2016, on the grounds of the Orange Walk District’s Muffles College Auditorium!

As a diverse country, Belize offers a wealth of foodie-appeal, from delectable ancient Maya flavours to the cultural spices of the Garifuna and Mestizos!

This signature Belize Tourism Board (BTB) event is the ultimate venue, featuring different culinary competitions, such as the Belize Master Chef and Amateur Cook. Other Competitions include Bartender of the Year, Cup Cake Decorating and Cake Decorating Competition.

The BTB is excited to celebrate the creativeness of Belize’s food industry and we invite you to savour the flavours of Belize during this day and night event!

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Application forms for each category are as follows (Click to download forms):

Belize Master Chef

Belize Amateur Cook

Cake Decorator of the Year

Cupcake Decorator of the Year

Bartender of the Year ( Form will be uploaded shortly)

Taste of Belize category outline and judging criteria are as follows (Click to download):

Belize Master Chef

Belize Amateur Cook

Cake Decorator of the Year

Cupcake Decorator of the Year

Bartender of the Year ( Outline will be uploaded shortly).

#513197 - 04/20/16 04:26 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Marty]  
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Taste of Belize 2016 Will Be Bigger and Better

This year, the Belize Tourism Board will be bringing back the Taste of Belize, a competitive culinary show. Chefs, bakers and bartenders from across the country will face off in a one-day competition to determine the best in their trade.  According to Capacity Building and Sustainable Tourism Officer, Shona Babb, the Taste of Belize allows those who attend to literally eat their way through the different foods.

Shola Babb, Capacity Building & Sustainable Tourism Officer, B.T.B.

“We want to go back to the grassroots; have the people from all over the country participate this time. So we are asking for everybody across the country if they want to be a vendor or if they want to compete in the competitions to apply to get the ball rolling.”

Duane Moody

“This year, you are moving it to the Muffles College. Talk to us about that and the different competitions that people can compete in.”

Shola Babb

Shola Babb

“It’s going to be a day and night event at the Muffles College Auditorium; it starts at nine o’clock and it goes till about eleven o’clock in the evening. In the morning, we are going to have the cupcake and the cake and amateur chef competition and in the afternoon, it is going to be the bartending and the master chef competitions. Those are our biggest ones where we really see showmanship because we have the bartending competition which gets very interesting this year. We have three rounds; the first with them bringing their original drinks and then we have a mystery basket and we have a speed round. So that should be awesome in itself. The master chef is opened to chefs who have been cooking for two years or more. It is going to be an extraordinary competition; it looks somewhat lie Chopped that you see on television. You have the appetizer; two chefs might go and then you have the entrée, two chefs might go as well and at the end, we’ll have a well rounded winner. We at the moment are calling all the hotels and restaurants across Belize asking them if they would like to participate in our vendor marketplace. What we are expecting or what we are hoping for is to have restaurants and hotels from Corozal to Punta Gorda showing their best dishes and sharing it with the country for the people who will be visiting the marketplace.”

Taste of Belize will be held on the fourteenth of May at Muffles College Auditorium and the deadline for all applications—vendors and competitors is April twenty-ninth. General admission for the day events are ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children. The evening event start at six p.m. and admission is fifteen and ten dollars respectively for adults and children. VIP admission is fifty dollars each. 

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#515767 - 07/05/16 03:59 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Marty]  
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Taste of Belize, a Culinary Experience Like no Other

Jana Puga

After a hiatus, this Saturday, Muffles College Auditorium in Orange Walk will come alive for the Taste of Belize event and its signature competitive culinary show. Chefs, bakers and bartenders from across the country will face off in a one-day competition to determine the best in their trade. Puga also took the opportunity to invite Belizeans to come out to the unique event.

Jana Puga, Media & Public Relations Officer, B.T.B.

“We are inviting everyone to come out, it’s an event for the entire family; it is happening all day long. Between nine and eleven, we are having three competitions: the amateur chef, the cake decorator and the cupcake decorator competitions. And between six to eleven, we are having our major competitions which are the master chef and the bartender competitions.”

Duane Moody

“Now why is this even important?”

Jana Puga

“Well it is our signature culinary event. We believe that cuisine in Belize is not only for the tourists that are coming in. We want to keep it going as well with Belizeans to keep our traditions alive especially in terms of food.”

Duane Moody

“So who’s invited to the event?”

Jana Puga

“Everyone’s invited.  Like I said, it is an event that the whole family can enjoy. There will be food, drinks, entertainment going on.”

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#515855 - 07/10/16 04:27 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Marty]  
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Congratulations Eva Longsworth top Master Chef Taste of Belize 2016, Orange Walk Town, Belize! Second place Maresha Reid of Pirates Treasure Restaurant and Bar and third place Samuel Gonzalez of Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace!!!!! (L to R) Maresha Reid, Eva Longsworth, Samuel Gonzalez and judges Sean Kuylen and Rob Pronk. Judge Jennie Staines not shown.

Eva Longsworth, BTB 2016 Master Chef

Eva Longsworth is the 2016 BTB Taste of Belize Master Chef

After four long years of hiatus, the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) Taste of Belize competition was revived, and on Saturday, July 9th, Orange Walk Town hosted a heated series of cook-offs to find Belize’s top chef! Focusing on fresh, homegrown ingredients from all corners of the county, including liquors and spices, meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, the BTB welcomed competitors with ample spirit and creativity to showcase.

At the end of the night, Eva Longsworth of Corozal took the highly coveted title of Master Chef, while Mark Jacobs of Punta Gorda walked away as Bartender of the Year. Cayo’s Kevin Chi is the 2016 Amateur Chef, while Orange Walk boasts both Maria Del Carmen Urbina as Top Cake Decorator and Adrienne Young as their top Cupcake Decorator.

Held at the Muffles College auditorium, the event saw cupcake and cake decorating, plus the amateur chef face-off from 9AM till 3PM. After a short break to prepare for the evening’s events, the bartending and master chef competition began at 6PM. Big cash prizes, scholarships and gifts were on the line, and each category’s competitors worked hard to impress judges.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

#515866 - 07/10/16 08:40 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Marty]  
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My friends call me Judyann
#515876 - 07/11/16 01:37 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Judyann H.]  
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Hey Judyann, Larry here. I will be coming down in August to try out your cheffing skills. Plan on Sat night Aug. 20th!

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#515880 - 07/11/16 05:01 AM Re: Taste of Belize 2016 [Re: Marty]  
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Taste of Belize 2016

An exquisite, culinary experience...

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On Saturday, July 9, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its signature culinary event, ‘The Taste of Belize.” For the first time, the event took place in “Shuga City,” >Orange Walk Town. The all-day event was filled with competitions, as well as lots to eat and drink.  Below is a breakdown of the competitions and the winners for each.

Amateur Cook Competition: Competitors were given one hour and a half (1.5) to prepare a main dish, after which the top three winners were chosen.

3rd Place: Ms. Lucelli Sam from Crave House of Flavors, San Ignacio

2nd Place: Mr. Gurick Orosco from the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Belize City

Winner/Amateur Cook of the Year: Mr. Kevin Chi from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, San Ignacio

Cake Decorating Competition: Competitors were given ninety (90) minutes to decorate their pre-baked cakes.

3rd Place: Ms. Elisa Quetzal

2nd Place: Ms. Mayerah Polanco

Winner/Cake Decorator of the Year: Ms. Maria Del Carmen Urbina

Cupcake Decorating Competition: Competitors were given forty (40) minutes to decorate their pre-baked cupcakes.

2nd Place: Mr. Masahito Kumagae

Winner/Cupcake Decorator of the Year: Ms. Adrienne Young

Bartending Competition: Participants competed in three elimination rounds. In the first round, they were given ten (10) minutes to prepare their original recipe.  The second round was the speed round. The competitors were given three (3) drink recipes to complete as quickly as possible.  In the third/final round, the remaining competitors were given a mystery basket each, with 4 products. They were then given ten (10) minutes to create two original recipes  and five (5) minutes to execute to create the two original drinks using three of the mystery ingredients.

3rd Place: Mr. Adrian Cowo, An independent bartender in Belize City

2nd Place: Mr. Ricael Moran from Happy Lobster Restaurant & Bar, Caye Caulker

Winner/Bartender of the Year: Mr. Mark Jacobs from Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Hopkins.

Master Chef Competition: Participants competed in three elimination rounds. In the first round, competitors were given fifteen (15) minutes to prepare an appetizer.  In the second round, competitors were given forty five (45) minutes to prepare an entrée.  In the third/final round, competitors were given thirty (30) minutes to prepare a dessert.

3rd Place: Mr. Samuel Gonzalez from Rain Restaurant & Roof Top Terrace, San Pedro

2nd Place: Ms. Maresha Reid from Pirate’s Treasure Restaurant and Bar, San Pedro

Winner/Master Chef of the Year: Ms. Eva Longsworth, an independent culinary artist from Corozal district.

The BTB wishes to thank all participants for their stellar work and also all the sponsors and those who attended the event for making it such a success!

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