The Saint Lucia Culinary Team to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (Castries, Saint Lucia) – Today at approximately 10:40am, the Saint Lucia Culinary Team departed on LIAT 371 en route to Barbados, where they will continue their journey to Miami. A group of seven talented chefs were selected to create the Saint Lucia Culinary Team 2012, after a successful Cook-Off was hosted at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Spa and Beach Resort, on February 07, 2012.
The team is anxiously awaiting their arrival in Miami for the opportunity to compete in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean, hosted at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, June 20-24, 2012, against ten other teams, namely; Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, BVI, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and USVI.
In addition to the usual prestigious prizes such as Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year and Team of the Year; the team will also be contending in various competitions such as, Best Seafood Dish, Best Beef Dish and Authentic Island Cuisine (Taste of the Nations).
The CHTA’s Taste of the Caribbean Competition is described by many, as the one Caribbean food and beverage event and competition not to be missed by any association (and island). The one annual event provides the perfect opportunity to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts. Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations.
The Saint Lucia Culinary Team, will be returning home to Saint Lucia on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:15pm via the George F.L. Charles Airport. We bid them the warmest Saint Lucian wishes and pray for GOLD as a reward for their dedication, potential and passion for the culinary industry.
About the SLHTA: As the principal tourism private sector agency in St. Lucia, the SLHTA is responsible for facilitating tourism sector development and management in St. Lucia. The SLHTA is a private non-profit membership organization that functions as the “official organization and national spokesperson” for the hospitality Industry and its wide membership. The Association has a grouping of over two hundred members covering a wide segment of the economic spectrum of St. Lucia to include the tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors. The SLHTA is dedicated to representing, informing, educating and upholding the interests of its membership in the tourism industry, which has earned it the reputation as the “Voice of the Hospitality Industry”.