National Culinary Team wins 5 medals at Taste of the Caribbean

Kristy Ramnarine

Updated: 1.42 p.m.

Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 National Culinary Team has won a total of five medals including Team of the Year Silver at the Taste of the Caribbean competition.

The event took place at the Hyatt Regency in Miami from June 23-25, where Team of the Year Gold 2019 was won by the Cayman Islands and Barbados.

According to a media release from the Trinidad, Hotels and Restaurants Association (THRTA) junior chef Jodi Eversley, produced an exceptional offering which earned her a well-deserved gold medal, whilst in the Pastry Chef competition, Keenan Lezama’s dessert offering, packed with indigenous T&T flavours, earned him a bronze medal.

In the Bartender Competition, Isaiah Trumpet, represented Trinidad and Tobago and delivered strong performances across all four categories: Non-Alcoholic cocktail, Vodka cocktail, Rum cocktail, and Mystery Bar. Due to his age (19), he was restricted from tasting any of his cocktails during the entire competition based on US law. Notwithstanding, Isaiah won the Gold medal in the Best Non-Alcoholic cocktail and a Silver medal for his overall Bartender performance.

Junior Chef, Jodi after completing her Individual competition plate at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami. Photo courtesy THRTA.

Junior Chef, Jodi after completing her Individual competition plate at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami. Photo courtesy THRTA.

It was the first time a team of students from the TT Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) participated at the prestigious culinary competition. Led by captain Jeremy Lovell, the team also comprised senior chefs Shonelle Greenidge and Gerard Cox.

The THRTA has been fielding national culinary teams to Taste of the Caribbean competition since 1997.

Trinidad & Tobago has achieved culinary leadership in the Caribbean with over 103 medals and numerous titles earned over the past 15 appearances, including Caribbean National Team of the Year for an unprecedented seven times.

Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food and beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams 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.

Members of the TT National Culinary Team 2019. Photo courtesy THRTA.

Members of the TT National Culinary Team 2019. Photo courtesy THRTA.

Taste of the Caribbean provides a forum for food and beverage professionals to gather practical information, develop skills, sample and purchase, strengthen and establish supplier relationships and meeting new vendors. Participate in innovative and exciting educational sessions that promise to enhance individual skills and increase the value of your business.