Gem Myers and DJ Gemini took an 'Evening of Fine Jamaican Cuisines' to great heights last Saturday night with brilliant showmanship at the Rose Hall Great House in St James.
The event, hosted by the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA), was oversubscribed, forcing organisers to sell tickets at the gate.
Now in its fifth year, the foodie affair features a variety of cuisines prepared by the executive chefs of various hotels in the tourism belt - ranging as far as Royalton White Sands in Trelawny to Grand Palladium in Hanover.
In an indirect competition for creative bragging rights, showmanship crept easily into the food booths, featuring the creme de la creme that Sandals, Half Moon, Round Hill, Tryall Club, Hilton Rose Hall, Coyaba Beach Resort, Holiday Inn, HEART Kenilworth Campus, Grand Palladium, Royalton, Riu Montego Bay, Goddard Catering, and Smith & Stewart Ice Cream (Crazy Jim) have to offer.
Appleton, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Wisynco, and Pure Country kept the bars, which were scattered around the massive Rose Hall Great House, alive, while Triple Gla'r Lighting kept the focus on the uplights that breathed life into the historic attraction.
Within half an hour of the 8 p.m. start time , the chefs and their teams had their hands full serving a group of discerning customers who have become accustomed to sampling the best of the best in the hospitality sector.
Those who gave of their time did so in order to fill the JHTA's coffers with an estimated $2 million. The money is to be used to sustain the Montego Bay chapter's 'Save the Child' programme, where one child is removed from the streets of the city and assisted with school expenses; and maintain House Number 10 at the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town.
In addition, eight scholarships valued at $30,000 each were awarded to top performers in the west.