GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister Hon. Ingrid Arrindell of the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), welcomes the initiative taken by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) for the country’s return to the Taste of the Caribbean Competition 2016.
The country has been absent for several years and the SHTA is considering re-entering the culinary competition. The SHTA recently announced an open call for Chef’s and Bartenders that would like to participate in the June 2016 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) competition in Miami June 12-14), representing Sint Maarten/St. Martin team.
The open call started on January 4th and will close on Friday, January 15th, 2016.
“I am calling on the country’s Chefs and Bartenders to jump towards this opportunity to profile the destination at the next Taste of the Caribbean in June.
“I commend the SHTA for reviving this as it is important that the destination continues to profile itself at various events. There is a lot of competition out there, and we have to make sure that we are also present.
“The competition is an opportunity for our best Chefs and Bartenders from North and South to showcase there Caribbean special drink mixes and culinary master pieces,” Minister of Tourism Ingrid Arrindell said on Tuesday.
Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition and cultural showcase held once a year where the best chefs and culinary teams unite to learn, demonstrate their skills and provide the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most savory and delectable treats of the islands. It’s a showcase of the hottest and most popular trends in Caribbean gastronomy.
Over 10 teams from the Caribbean throw their culinary hats into the ring to compete for the honor of becoming the best chef, culinary team, bartender and pastry chef in the Caribbean.
Each participating team represents a Caribbean island and has competed on a national level to qualify and participate. Each team of composed of two senior chefs, one junior chef, one bartender, one pastry chef, and one manager. The participating team members represent hotels, restaurants or educational institutions in the Caribbean which are member of the CHTA.