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Team Divalicious shines at Nationwide Cook-off competition

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The Fluffy DIva, Miss Kitty is ready to serve up the dessert of champions, Victoria Farms candied bacon Ice Dream cheesecake, to the judges at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.
The entree: Ham fried rice stuffed double thick pork chop with avocado and pineapple salad served with spicy drizzle.
Miss Kitty of Team Divalicious is a vision of concentration as she begins to plate the team’s appetizer, Thai-influenced Coconut Ramen Soup with Hard Boiled Egg and Cilantro at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.
Go Team LASCO!Team Divalicious sure felt the love and support from sponsor LASCO at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.From Left: Nicole Masters, LASCO Distributors Brand Manager; Georgia Crawford-Williams; Christian Sweeney, Executive Chef at Fuzion Food Service; and Miss Kitty.
Judge, Lloraine Clooney, Executive Chef and CEO of Oasis on the Oxford is ready to taste Team Divalicious’ appetizer, the Thai influenced Coconut Ramen Soup with Hard Boiled Egg and Cilantro at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.
Georgia Crawford-Williams of Team Divalicious checks on her pork chop as she prepares to plate the entree of ‘Ham fried rice stuffed double thick pork chop with avocado and pineapple salad served with spicy drizzle’ at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.
Team Divalicious, Miss Kitty (left) and Georgia Crawford-Williams (centre) brings the heat in the kitchen with the aid of Christian Sweeney, Executive Chef of Fuzion Food Service (right) at the Nationwide Cook –Off Competition on Monday, November 14.
The Appetiser. Thai influenced Coconut Ramen Soup with Hard Boiled Egg and Cilantro
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Miss Kitty and Georgia Crawford-Williams kicked off a sensational fanfare of cooking on Monday, November 14 at the studios of Nationwide FM under the indomitable guidance of Christian Sweeney, executive chef of Fuzion Food service. Powered by LASCO, Team Divalicious started their journey to the title with menu items easily spotted at a five-star international restaurant.

The menu which had to be prepared and cooked within 50 minutes included Thai-influenced Coconut Ramen Soup with Hard-Boiled Egg - key component of the challenge - and cilantro for the appetiser; the entrÈe was a ham fried rice stuffed double thick pork chop with avocado and pineapple salad served with spicy drizzle and, of course, with no meal being truly complete without dessert, the ladies whipped up a Victoria Farms candied bacon Ice Dream cheesecake.

Amid the hectic pace of the kitchen, Miss Kitty was not shy to assure the judges of the experience Team Divalicious intended to deliver.

"We are taking your palate on a journey without a visa," declared the Fluffy Diva. "We have decided to do something different. With pork, it's normally jerked, stewed or barbecued, but today we've stuffed it. Normally, pear is just pear, but we've paired it with pineapple to give you sweet and savoury in a great flavour combination. And the Ice Dream with the candied bacon is absolutely amazing. We are the team to beat."

Very pleased with the results produced by his mentees, Chef Sweeney shared the key to making great dishes like Team Divalicious.

"You can't create a quality dish without quality ingredients. That's the first step, quality ingredients; after that your end result should be nothing short of good."

LASCO Distributors Brand Manager Nicole Masters shared similar sentiments.

"At LASCO, our mission is to provide quality products at affordable prices to ensure our Jamaican consumers take value home. We are very proud of the products we distribute in the market and excited to see the versatility of their use in traditional and contemporary meal solutions. Our partnership with Team Divalicious, Chef Sweeney and Victoria Farms has blossomed into some extremely creative and delicious recipes for this year's competition," stated Masters.

This year's competitors will also face off in an Ultimate Drink Mixology Competition; Team Divalicious sponsored by LASCO iCool on Thursday, November 17 and a Breakfast Challenge on Friday, November 18 before the winners are announced at a gala event Friday evening at the studios of Nationwide FM.