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Taste of the Caribbean 2019

Posted By: Marty

Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/11/19 08:05 PM

Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology will spice once again this year’s Taste of the Caribbean as Belizean chefs and bartenders go head on against the region’s finest.

Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. It will be held from June 22 – 25 in Miami, Florida.

Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams unite at Taste of the Caribbean to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats.

One of the main objectives for the Taste of the Caribbean is to provide a platform for the development of food and beverage professionals. Educational sessions will be provided and participants from Belize will use the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills and knowledge. The event is also a great opportunity to promote Belize, its culture and excellent cuisine. Competitions will be held in the following categories: Caribbean National Team of the Year; Caribbean Chef of the Year; Caribbean Junior Chef; Caribbean Pastry Chef and Caribbean Bartender, Individual Beef Competition and Individual Seafood Competition.

In 2018, Team Belize brought home a unified silver medal. They also received silver and bronze in other individual competitions.

This year Team Belize will be comprised of Team Manager: Rob Pronk; Senior Chef: Sean Kuylen; Senior Chef: Eva Longsworth; Junior Chef: Rojel Lisbey; Pastry Chef: Maria Urbina and Bartender: Mark Jacobs. The team will also include Elisa Carr and Emir Sosa, winners from Taste of Belize 2018, who will shadow the team in preparation for next year’s competition.

This year, the Caribbean 305 event, which is a culinary display on June 22 as part of Taste of the Caribbean, has added an individual “Street Pork” and Individual Seafood Competition, during which Team Belize will also participate. This event gives those attending the opportunity to savor all of the diverse gastronomic delights the Caribbean has to offer at one extraordinary culinary and cultural celebration.

Team Belize is currently conducting various practice sessions to prepare for the team competition, as well as individual competitions. This year’s sponsors of Team Belize include the BTB, Madisco, Total Marketing & Distribution, Tropic Air, Belikin, Southside Meats and Traveller’s Liquors.

TEAM BELIZE FOR TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN 2019

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From left to right: Eva Longsworth, Maria Urbina, Elisa Carr, Chef Sean Kuylen, Chef Rob Pronk, Rojel Lisbey, Mark Jacobs and Emir Sosa.
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Re: Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/17/19 12:27 PM


Taste of the Caribbean | Final Practice Session Photos

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/18/19 12:09 PM

Belize Best Flavors Take on The Caribbean

Right now, 5 Belizean culinary experts are preparing to compete in this year's Taste of the Caribbean. It's a regional competition in which the Caribbean's best chefs and culinary teams go up against each other to see who's the best of the best in the kitchen. It also serves a great marketing tool for each competing country to put their best dishes on display.

This year, with the support of the Belize Tourism Board, the team of 5 Belizeans competing are Team manager, Rob Pronk, Senior Chef Sean Kuylen, Senior Chef Evan Longsworth, Junior Chef Rojel Lisbey, Pastry Chef Maria Urbina, and Bartender Mark Jacobs. The tournament will be held from June 22nd to the 25th in Miami, Florida.

And as a sort of preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean, the BTB held an event this weekend to show just what the Belizean chefs are capable of. It happened yesterday at the ITVET compound, and 7News stopped by. Here's what the BTB Director had to say about Belize's chances of winning the competition:

Karen Bevans - Director, BTB
"We believe that when travelers visit Belize, and leave from here, the #1 thing the spoke about is our food, second, our people. So, our people and our food always stand out, and leave and good experience in the minds of our travelers. I think we were in the past not taking ourselves to another level, taking ourselves out there in the region, so people could know of Belize, and what Belize has to offer. So, we started last year, and we plan to continue. The reception year has been great. The team did a very, very good job. We got the silver, and we expect that this year, we will do even better. They've been practicing; this is the fifth preparation session, and we expect that good results will come back home."

Reporter
"So, how do you go about scoping out to find the perfect chefs to create the team?"

Karen Bevans
"No, we have the Taste of Belize competition every 2 years, and the winners from the Taste of Belize attend the Taste of the Caribbean."

Reporter
"So, tell us how the competition works. You said it's like chopped?"

Rob Pronk - Professional Chef
"Yeah, basically, it's a mystery basket competition. So, we don't know in advanced what kind of fruits we're gonna get, what kind of proteins. So, we get that thrown at us, and we have to come up with ideas to put that [together]. We have 4 hours totally to cook for 40 people. So, that's 3 times 4, a 120 plates we have to put out in 4 hours time. We are prepared. We have some ideas [about] what we're gonna do, but we don't know exactly what we're gonna do. It's still a mystery."

Sean Kuylen - Professional Chef
"The way of cooking will be dictated by the cut of meat. So, if they give us a nice piece of meat, then we can grill it like medium or medium rare. However, if they give us something tough like a cow-foot or so, we have to do like braise it. So, we really don't know. So, when we're playing today. It's not playing, but we're practicing to get all the curve balls that they can give us, you know, like chopped. So, we don't know they will give us, but we've been practicing."

Reporter
"How do you prepare with your desserts?"

Maria Urbina - Professional Baker
"I've been putting together the elements - well, I do cakes everyday, so I'm comfortable with that. But, when you plate it, you have to put different elements on it. So, I've been practicing what flavors go along with the black cake, and how to make it - how to plate it."

The BTB notes that last year, Team Belize brought home a unified silver medal. They also received silver and bronze in other individual competitions.

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Re: Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/19/19 01:50 PM

Wishing you all the best!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/27/19 10:30 PM

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Belize’s Culinary Master Win More Medals At Miami Competition

Belize’s culinary masters earned silver in one category and bronze medals in three other categories at the Taste of the Caribbean finals last night.

The silver was won in the bartender category, represened by Mark Jacobs, while Team Belize got bronze in the seafood, junior chef (Rogel Lisbey) and pastry (Maria Urbina) categories.

Two of the chefs, Sean Kuylen and Eva Longsworth also received honorary certificates for their culinary skills.

Chef Sean told the Reporter before departing Miami,.Florida en-route back to Belize a while ago that the competition was intense. He had won the Whole Hog cooking competition on Saturday night. The team also included Chef Rob Pronk.

The Reporter
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Re: Taste of the Caribbean 2019 - 06/28/19 11:34 AM

Final Results

CARIBBEAN NATIONAL TEAM

WINNER – CARIBBEAN NATIONAL TEAM

Barbados

GOLD MEDALS

  • Barbados
  • Cayman Islands

SILVER MEDALS

  • Bahamas
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Curaηao
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Belize
  • Grenada
  • St. Lucia
  • Suriname

 

CARIBBEAN CHEF COMPETITION SPONSORED BY RAK PORCELAIN

WINNER – CARIBBEAN CHEF OF THE YEAR

Cayman Islands – Jason Thomas Ao

GOLD MEDALS

  • Bahamas – Jamal Small
  • Bonaire – Rhashindra Donge
  • Cayman Islands – Jason Thomas Ao
  • Jamaica – Odane Whitelock

SILVER MEDALS

  • Barbados – Nicholas Ifill
  • BVI – Caswell Ponte
  • Puerto Rico – Hector Gonzalez
  • Suriname – Rabidin Gredchan
  • Turks & Caicos – Ooi Swee Toon

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Curacao – Ayron Pieters
  • Grenada – Josh Buckmire
  • St Lucia – Clayton Julien

HONORARY MENTION

Belize – Eva Longsworth

CARIBBEAN BARTENDER COMPETITION, SPONSORED BY THE HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA

WINNER – CARIBBEAN BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

Curacao – Jurnick Merced

GOLD MEDALS

  • Barbados – Alex Chandler
  • BVI – Everson Rawlins
  • Curacao – Jurnick Merced

SILVER MEDALS

  • Bahamas – Derrick Blackmon
  • Belize – Mark Jacobs
  • Bonaire – Kelvin Ventura
  • Cayman Islands – Cory Scruggs
  • Puerto Rico – Ariel Otero
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Isaiah Trumpet
  • Turks & Caicos – Delorno Mosley

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Jamaica – Kemp Beckford
  • Grenada – Antonio Bayne
  • Suriname – Stefano Feliksdal

HONORARY MENTION

St Lucia – Craig Andes

 

CARIBBEAN JUNIOR CHEF COMPETITION

WINNER – CARIBBEAN JUNIOR CHEF COMPETITION

Bahamas – Hazen Rolle

GOLD MEDALS

  • Bahamas – Hazen Rolle
  • St Lucia – Zyhim Cadet
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Jodi Eversley

SILVER MEDALS

  • Barbados – Kiara Riley
  • Bonaire – Akira Cecilia
  • Cayman Islands – Bradley McLaughlin
  • Jamaica – David Gayle

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Belize – Rojel Lisbey
  • BVI – Radiance Modest
  • Curacao – Mygor Jacobs
  • Grenada – Samesha Dominique
  • Puerto Rico – Laleyshka O’Neill
  • Suriname – Quincy Karijodikromo
  • Turks & Caicos – Kevin Missick

 

CARIBBEAN PASTRY CHEF COMPETITION

WINNER – CARIBBEAN PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR

Turks & Caicos – Rajasekar Ravindran

GOLD MEDALS

  • Bonaire – Elise Weerstand
  • Cayman Islands – Baranidharan Thirunavukkarasu
  • St Lucia – Emmany Hippolyte
  • Turks & Caicos – Rajasekar Ravindran

SILVER MEDALS

  • Barbados – Damian Leach
  • Curacao – Luigi Chavarria

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Bahamas – Celeste Smith
  • Belize – Maria Urbina
  • BVI – Lakesha King
  • Grenada – Nelcia Mapson
  • Jamaica – Peggy Nelson
  • Puerto Rico – Misael Berrios
  • Suriname – Mitchel Klaiber
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Keenan Lezama

 

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS

 

BEEF COMPETITION, Sponsored by Certified Angus Beef

WINNER – Beef Competition

Bonaire – Dhanesh De Kok

GOLD MEDALS

Bonaire – Dhanesh De Kok

SILVER MEDALS

  • BVI – Caswall Ponte
  • Bahamas – Asteir Dean
  • Barbados – Shanese Phoenix
  • Puerto Rico – Roberto Catala

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Curacao – Ken Henry Suly
  • Grenada – Josh Buckmire
  • Jamaica – Vaneisha Small
  • St Lucia – Vernance Dore

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Belize – Sean Kuylen
  • Cayman Islands – Brittney Bodden
  • Suriname – Ivan Imanredjo
  • Turks & Caicos – Eversley Rowe

 

SEAFOOD COMPETITION

WINNER – SEAFOOD COMPETITION

Cayman Islands – Dimuth Munasingha

SILVER MEDALS

  • Cayman Islands – Dimuth Munasingha
  • Bahamas – Tevin Kemp
  • St. Lucia – Ricardo Josue

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Barbados – Shamar Bishop
  • Belize – Eliza Carr
  • Bonaire – Rick Baak
  • BVI – Ariq Flax-Clarke
  • Curacao – Aisheron Philips
  • Grenada –  Kellon Maximay
  • Jamaica – Tommy Citeron
  • Puerto Rico – Roberto Catala
  • Turks & Caicos – Wilkiens Martin

HONORABLE MENTION

Suriname – Giovanny Ho-A-Tham

 

CHOCOLATE COMPETITION Sponsored by The House of Angostura

WINNER – CHOCOLATE COMPETITION Sponsored by The House of Angostura

Bonaire – Elise Weerstand

GOLD MEDALS

  • Bonaire – Elise Weerstand
  • Turks & Caicos – Rajaskar Ravindran

SILVER MEDALS

  • Barbados – Jamal Whittaker
  • BVI – Lakesha Barry
  • Grenada –  Nelcia Mapson
  • St. Lucia – Steffie Marius
  • Suriname – Xaviera Mijnhijmer

BRONZE MEDALS

  • Curacao – Isaias Ariza
  • Jamaica – Monique Jones
  • Puerto Rico – Misael Berrios

 

BARTENDER SPECIAL AWARDS

Best Non Alcoholic Drink

Winner – Trinidad & Tobago

Best Rum Drink

Winner – St. Lucia

Best Vodka Drink

Winner – Curacao

Best Mystery Bar Drink, presented by The House of Angostura

Winner – Cayman Islands

Josue Merced-Reyes Spirit of the Competition

WINNER – Grenada

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Tony Mack Spirit of the Competition

WINNER – Floris Van Loo, Bonaire

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