(Willemstad June 12, 2016) – Curaçao’s Culinary Team has successfully represented Curaçao at this year’s Taste of the Caribbean competition organized by Caribbean Hotel & tourism Association (CHTA) in Miami. These highly motivated young chefs and bartender had the opportunity to create signature dishes and have various guests enjoy their creations.
The Taste of the Caribbean consisted of several bartender competitions, pastry and cheesecake competition, beef and seafood competition and a team competition where the Culinary Team cooked for 30 people. The main event ‘Taste of the Islands’ took place on Thursday June 9th, where teams prepared local bites for the public. CTB provided the booth, which was a huge success and attracted hundreds of visitors.
The chefs form one of the most decorated national team representing Curaçao, amassing 14 medals at the Taste of the Caribbean. The Curaçao Culinary Team won silver for the overall team competition; Adriyel Lourens won silver in the Senior Chef competition and bronze in the Beef competition; Ramsley Leander won silver in the Cheesecake competition and bronze in the Pastry Chef competition; Dane Ribeiro Rodriguez won gold in the Seafood competition and silver in the Junior Chef competition. Lastly, Fabian Cleopa won silver in the Bartender competition.
The success of the Culinary Team depends on more than just the team members. Sponsors also played a vital part in achieving the medals. Thanks to the sponsors: Academy Hotel, Air Handling Services Bonaire, Caprilies Kliniek, Caribbean Bakery Supplies, Chamber of Commerce, Curaçao Marriott Resort, Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Crocs (Boolchand’s), Dani’s Plantage & Grocery Imports, David Bertad Photography, Deli Nova, ENNIA, Esperamos Supermarket, Fayad Fruit & Vegetables, Fuik Microgreens, Insel Air, Island Treasures, Landhuis Chobolobo, Licores Maduro, Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Me & Uniforms, Point Snack, Polar Beer, Restaurant Nemo, Salas Sport Shop, TASTE by Tastisfaction and Thirty Steps Taxi Association.