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Curaçao Culinary Team Ready for Taste of the Caribbean

(Willemstad, June 21, 2019)– The Curaçao Culinary Team is ready for the Taste of the Caribbean competition that will take place in Miami from June 21 to June 26. This year’s competition promises to be an incredible learning experience for the young Curaçao Culinary Team with the guidance of Team Manager, Hans van Triest, international celebrity chef and winner of Caribbean Chef of the year 2006.

Taste of the Caribbean provides a forum for gathering practical information and developing skills in the food & beverage business. This year’s Taste of the Caribbean will bring innovative and exciting educational sessions for food & beverage professionals that promise to enhance individual skills. Furthermore, it is a great platform to showcase Curaçao’s culinary talents.

On Saturday June 22, the team will be participating in the Caribbean305 event, which is a showcase event of all the islands, where over a 1000 guests will be able to taste various delicacies from Curaçao. Starting this Sunday, the team will compete in several competitions including, Bartending Competitions (Rum, non-alcoholic, vodka & Mystery Basket), Chocolate Competition, Pastry Competition, Seafood Competition, Beef Competition, Chef of the Year Competition, Junior Chef Competition.

The Culinary Team and CHATA are very grateful for the support of its sponsors that made it possible for these young professionals to represent Curaçao abroad and all the volunteers and team coaches that contributed to the development and training of our ambassadors.

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*From left to right on the picture: 
Jurnick Merced – Bartender of the Year
Isaias Ariza – Chocolate Chef
Mygor Jacobs – Junior Chef
Henry Suly – Assistant Chef
Aisheron Philips – Chef
Helmi Smeulders – Kitchen Coach
Luigi Chavarria – Pastry Chef
Ayron Pieters – Senior Chef
Brenton Balentien – Bartender Runner – Up
Frans Smits – Kitchen Coach 

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