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Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Terry Banks, Maxi Priest and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams enjoying OCEAN Style reservednyc, last Thursday.
Celebrity Stylist Phillip Bloch with Bevy Smith, host of Bravo's Fashion Queens, wearing Diane von Furstenberg.
From left: Caron Chung pauses for a photo with Manuela Goren and her husband, James.
From left: Chef Tibbitts of Flying Fish Restaurant in The Bahamas, Chef Purmessur of Coconut Bay Resort in St Lucia, Damon Victorson, and Shorne Andaz.
Vocalist R'kardo St'Von thrilling the audience with Allison Pagan.
It's a happy bunch in the form of (from left) James and Manuela Goren, with Marina and Antonio Flamini. - Contributed Photo

Celebrities, politicians, musicians, business executives, fashionistas and most of the movers and shakers in New York, were all drawn together last Thursday to a beautiful Fifth Avenue loft and penthouse, to experience RESERVEDnyc - Chefs of the Caribbean.

Only the third instalment of the OCEAN Style Culinary Series (and second in New York), RESERVEDnyc brought together an interesting mix of Caribbean and individuals living in the NYC area, all with a shared interest in the culinary arts.

Reggae superstar Maxi Priest was one of the notables on hand who said, "It's always inspiring to see Caribbean innovation. I was so impressed by the concept, the food, venue and turnout. I am blessed to have travelled the world and attended many different types of events, but I love when I see people promoting the Caribbean and its talented individuals in a big way on a global level. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Congratulations to OCEAN Style and Douglas Gordon for taking a good idea, and making it a reality."

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was also in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed the event noted, "It was a marvellous time had by all. The borough of Brooklyn with its rich diversity eagerly awaits Gordon and OCEAN Style's next wonderful affair."

Stars of the night

Without question, the true stars of the night were five highly accomplished chefs in the form of Chef Parmesans of Coconut Bay Resort in St Lucia, Chef Tim Tibet's of Flying Fish Restaurant in Freeport, Bahamas and New York based chefs Sean John of Spurtree Restaurant and Shorne Benjamin of ShorneCulinaire and Andaz, and Brian Lumley of 689 by Brian Lumley, Kingston Jamaica.

"We held the event to showcase Caribbean culinary talent and provide an enjoyable and entertaining evening and in the process support two great causes - the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's Scholarship Foundation," explained OCEAN Style editor Douglas Gordon.

The event was supported by Delta Air Lines, Vikram Chatwal Hotels, Iberostar Resorts, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, American Friends of Jamaica, Institute of Culinary Education, Coconut Bay Resort and WIN Caribbean.

Guests were treated to live entertainment by the very talented St Lucian saxophonist Robert 'Zi' Taylor and vocalists Ricardo St'Von and Fay Ola with Thierry Remion, Howard Britz and Daniel Gould making up the rest of the band.

OCEAN Style will continue their fundraising efforts online for three (3) weeks online via a super raffle that will benefit the AFJ. The value of the seven prizes available exceed JA$1.8M and include a 4 day/3 night luxury weekend at Iberostar, a custom designer gown by Femheka by Raxann Chin, a personal stylist makeover and US$1000 shopping spree with Phillip Bloch, a personal studio tour and wrap show experience on the set of Basketball Wives LA with John Salley, a weekend getaway to The Spa Retreat in Negril, a Chloe 'Bridget' handbag and dinner for six at Miss Lily's.

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