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International Chef Hans van Triest and International Bartender Raakesh Madoo join the Curaçao Culinary Team Competitions

Willemstad September 20th 2017, On September 23rd and September 26th culinary hopefuls can
compete to form part of the Curaçao Culinary Team 2018. The Curaçao Culinary Team 2018 will
represent Curaçao internationally at the Taste of the Caribbean competitions.
Each year CHATA sends a delegation of young culinary talents, known as the Curaçao Culinary Team to

Each year CHATA sends a delegation of young culinary talents, known as the Curaçao Culinary Team to
represent Curaçao in Miami at the Taste of the Caribbean competitions. During this event, many chefs and
bartenders of the Caribbean will compete for the title of best chefs and bartenders of the Caribbean.

According to Miles Mercera, President & CEO of CHATA, these competitions provide our young local chefs
with the opportunity to compete internationally against the best chefs in the Caribbean. Over the course of
the past years we have seen many of our young local chefs grow tremendously due to these competitions
and as a result, many now hold prestigious positions in various of our local hotels and restaurants. In
addition to this these competitions are also a great opportunity to showcase the culinary delights of our

CHATA will select 4 chefs and 1 pastry chef during the cooking competitions that will be held on Saturday,
September 23rd 2017 in partnership with Deli Nova & Marnix College Cas Cora. During the competitions, the cooks will have 4 hours to prepare an appetizer and a main course for the judges out of the Mystery Basket provided to them. Junior Chefs will get an additional 30 minutes to finish their plate. For the Pastry
Competition, the chef will have to bring their own recipe and items.

Next to local chefs, CHATA will also select 1 bartender to form part of the Curaçao Culinary Team 2018.
In partnership with Licores Maduro, CHATA will hold the bartender competitions at the Store (Licores
Maduro) on Tuesday, September 26th. During the competition, the bartenders will have to present 3 drinks. All finalists will then move to the next round where a drink must be prepared out of a Mystery Basket. At the end of the day, 1 bartender will be chosen based on the number of points accumulated throughout the day.

The judges of the competition consist of experienced culinary professionals such as Hans Van Triest
(Caribbean Chef of the Year 2006 & European Celebrity Chef) and Raakesh Madoo (Head Bartender
Judge for the annual Taste of the Caribbean competitions for CHTA).
CHATA would like to thank TUI, Papagayo Curaçao, ACOYA Curaçao and CTB for the opportunity in
having these two professionals present during the upcoming competitions where they will also guide the
participants into success.

About the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association
Founded in 1967, the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA), represents the interest of all private parties in the tourism sector. CHATA’s main mission is to deliver a visible, leading and effective (marketing) contribution towards a vibrant and sustainable Curaçao tourism/hospitality product. In cooperation with its many partners in the private and governmental sector, it strives to develop Curaçao to meet its full potential.

At present, CHATA has over 200 members including, hotels and apartments, airlines, car rentals, restaurants, tour operators and destination management, attractions, the airport, industry and trade development, World Trade Center, advertising and publishing, banking, insurance, training and consultancy, resort development, dive operators, shops and other tourism related businesses.


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