The team begun training, held three days a week at the Divi Southwinds under the leadership of Butcher, who says preparations are on scheduled.
“We only have a few more weeks of training and practice sessions and we are trying to make the most of our time. With the competition just around the corner we are now ensuring that we have our timing and team work on point; finalising our menus and dishes and ensuring that our choices are different and uniquely Barbadian. Basically, we are ensuring that our offering for the competition is flawless,” Butcher said.
Taste of the Caribbean is the annual celebration of Caribbean cuisine and beverage and also provides the opportunity for the contestants to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues as they compete before a large audience of industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts.
Over the years Barbados has done well at Taste bringing home a number of medals and titles including Team of the Year, Chef of the Year Bartender of the Year and Most Innovative Menu, among others.
Michelle Smith-Mayers of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, coordinators of the team says the event is extremely important to the overall development of the team.
“Last year the team won 11 awards and of course they are eagerly looking forward to improving this. More importantly, they are also excited about the overall invaluable experience and knowledge they gain at Taste including the educational seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations all geared towards enhancing their performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations,” Smith-Mayers said.
The team will be hosting two-three course Gourmet Lunches this year for the public, on Friday, May 8 and 22 at the Grille, Hilton Barbados Resort at 12:30 p.m., where the team will be putting the past few months of training into practice.