Trinidad & Tobago Culinary Team Wins Top Honors

The Trinidad & Tobago culinary team won their fifth Team of the Year title and other top honors at the 2011 Taste of the Caribbean Competition. This is their fifth Caribbean Team of the Year title in six years. Lead by team-captain Raymond Joseph, Trinidad & Tobago also won gold in the Chef of the Year and Bartender competitions. The competition was held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, from June 22-26, 2011.

The competition, organized by the Caribbean Hotel Tourism Association, involved 16 regional teams that included Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each team prepared and presented food and drink that were judged on taste, execution of skills and presentation.

Members of the 2011 National Culinary Team were Adrian Cumberbatch (Carlton Savannah Hotel), bartender Danyiel Jones (Martini Makers, Trinidad), alternate bartender Abiola Jules (Hyatt Regency Trinidad), Chef Ryan Bailey (Hyatt Regency Trinidad), Chef Jeremy Lovell (Courtyard Marriott Hotel), Chef Devon Joseph (Chaud Restaurant), Pastry Chef Cheryl Shorrt-Charles (Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute), and team captain Chef Raymond Joseph (Hyatt Regency Trinidad).

Other medals and awards achieved by the eight-member team include silver in the Pastry Chef of the Year and Junior Chef of the Year competitions; bronze in the Seafood and Beef Mystery Basket competitions and First Place honors in the bartender competition-Vodka, Rum and Best Cocktail categories.

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