PHILIPSBURG – On Wednesday May 4th 2016, Infinity Restaurant at Oyster Bay Beach Resort played host to the 2016 St. Maarten Culinary Team first fundraising dinner. Patrons saw the team consisting of Team Captain Dino Jagtiani, main chefs David Cudicio – Dreams Restaurant FWI, Pieter Holstein – Food Collective Rum&Peas, Pastry Chef Ronald Stephane – Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, Junior Chef Suzirea Adoptie – NIPA Institute and co-captain Bart Peut – Sundial School, cook together for together for the first time.
The team presented their craft to a sold out dining room exactly the size of the Taste of the Caribbean competition specifications. The 5 course dinner enjoyed by all formed part of a duo function for the team; the opportunity to present their skills while raising funds for the team to travel.
The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association, the largest private sector representative along with the Organizing Committee Culinary Competition SXM 2016, announces the Culinary Competition Sint Maarten/Saint Martin 2016.
Since 1993, Taste of the Caribbean has been the one Caribbean Culinary competition not to be missed! This is an annual opportunity to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and food & beverage veterans.
Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations. A forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line. Teams from all over the Caribbean will be vying for the titles of
culinary team of the year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year, Caribbean Pastry Chef of the year, Caribbean Bartender of the year, and Apprentice of the year.
“We hope that the public entities and the private sector join in the effort to put this team together and ensure their participation by way of their sponsorship. St. Maarten has always performed well at these competitions and we would like to continue to perform well. This can only be done by providing the team members with the correct resources and tools to execute their skills”.
SHTA and the team would like to thank our main sponsors SMTA, Sonesta Great Bay, PDG, Divi Resorts, PDG, Antillean Liqu, Golf Association, SHTA, Dreams Restaurant for their contributions towards the team, practice sessions and fundraising/practice dinners.
To support the 2016 SXM Culinary Team, click here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/SXMCulinaryTeam