Taste of Jamaica
The Best Dressed Chicken Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo is marked as one of the best yet. For this year's staging, Patrice Malcolm, sous chef/garde manager The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, copped the coveted 2015 Chef of the Year award.
Malcolm was all smiles when she walked onstage during the awards ceremony following the conclusion of the two-day event - October 10 and 11, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James. Malcolm walked away with her trophy, a gift basket and a cheque valued at $15,000. She also won second place in the ice carving competition.
Runners-up in the Chef of the Year category were Francis Woolery of the Holiday Inn and Odaine Whitelock of Hedonism II in the second and third spot, respectively.
In the new addition to the 2015 competition, the Elle & Vire CrËme Br°lÈe face-off, first place went to Amelia Baker of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, while runner-up was Tavia Shepherd of Beaches Negril Resort & Spa.
In the Best Dressed Chicken category, first place went to Tameka Robinson of Jewel Paradise Cove Beach & Spa; second place was Jamique Mair of The Knutsford Court Hotel; and third place was Jermaine Aarons of the Holiday Inn Hotel.
Organised by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica, the organisation had a lot to be proud of - superb talent and the high level of creativity displayed by all participants.
For the CPJ Beef Competition, Richard Pinnock of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel copped first place, while Wellesley Thomas of the Holiday Inn Hotel was second place. Dwayne Lamont of The Knutsford Court Hotel was third, while Michael Thomas of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel came in fourth.
The Rainforest Seafood leg had Derren Luke of Holiday Inn Hotel in first position, Richard Pinnock of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel came in second place, and Damion Gordon of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in the third spot.
Next year promises to be grander as they seek to further promote the island's culinary talents and dishes on the local and