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2018 BHTA CHEFS AND BARTENDER OF THE YEAR NAMED
Published on March 2, 2018

BARBADOS has a new Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year.

They are Damian Leach, Shemar Bishop, Rodney Corbin and Shane McClean, who took the respective titles in the just concluded Barbados Hotel and Tourism Associations’s (BHTA) 2018 Barbados Culinary Competition.

Leach, who retained his 2016 title, and Bishop are from Cocktail Kitchen while Corbin is from Sea Breeze Hotel and McClean from Buzo Ostoria Italiana.

The winners and runners-up in each caregory now have the opportunity to join the award-winning Barbados Culinary Team and be trained to represent Barbados at local and international culinary and bartender competitions, exhibitions and other food and beverage appearances. That training will be under the guidance of some of the most celebrated chefs and bartender maestros.

The first competition appearance by the Team will be at the 2018 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition, hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) from June 22 to 26, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.

In this regard, BHTA’s CEO, Rudy Grant said, “The Taste of the Caribbean event is a wonderful experience which will allow our team members the opportunity to display their mastery and creativity to food and beverage aficionados and professionals from across the globe. Moreover, individual participants will be able to compete for the honour of Caribbean Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year, each of which has been won by members of previous teams.”

He further stated that in addition to the individual competition prizes, he was again looking forward to Barbados winning Gold in the much coveted Caribbean National Team of the Year Award category.

The full results of the Barbados Culinary Competition 2018 are as follows:

BARBADOS CULINARY CHEF OF THE YEAR (2018)

Winner           Damian Leach                       Cocktail Kitchen

2nd                   Nicholas Ifill                           Seabreeze Beach Hotel

3rd                    Willis Griffith                         Nino’s by the Sea

4th                    Derio Boyce                            Ocean Two Hotel
 

BARBADOS JUNIOR CHEF OF THE YEAR

Winner           Shamar Bishop                     Cocktail Kitchen

2nd                   Kiara Riley                              Sea Breeze Beach Hotel

 

BARBADOS PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR

Winner           Rodney Corbin                      Sea Breeze Beach Hotel     

2nd                   Jamal Whittaker                      Coral Reef Club

3rd                    Ezra Beckles                           Turtle Beach Resort

4th                    Shanese Phoenix                      Crystal Cove Hotel


BARBADOS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

Winner           Shane McClean                    Buzo Ostoria Italiana

2nd                   Adrian Bryan                          Mount Gay Distilleries         

3rd                    Alex Chandler                         Bar by Infusion          

 


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