12 Chefs of Christmas Thank-you dinner
Best Dressed Chicken's 12 Chefs of Christmas promotion brought 12 celebrity chefs and their guests together in one place to eat, drink and be merry at the Grog Shoppe, Devon House, in Kingston last Thursday.
Last Christmas, the 12 celebrated chefs Ansel Beason, Charissa Henry, Colin Hylton, Oji Jaja, Allison Porter Smalling, Anna-Kay Tomlinson, Ravi Anne, Lorraine Fung, Celeste Gordon, Brian Lumley, Jacqui Tyson and Michele Williams catered at the homes of 12 lucky winners.
Chief Executive Officer and President of Jamaica Broilers Christopher Levy gave a brief welcome and prayed before leading everyone to the dining area.
During the evening, a few chefs were given the opportunity to share their experience attending to their guests last year.
Chef Jacqui Tyson catered for her family on Christmas Eve off Red Hills Road. With a spread that included chicken, ham, lobster, beef and lamb, Tyson noted, "It was a different way to enjoy Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. She was so happy."
For chef Michele Williams it was a wonderful experience. "It is a beautiful family with young children. They were comfortable and relaxed. It was an intimate gathering of about 12 to 15 persons. They had a fantastic time."
For Allison Porter Smalling, her family requested their dinner in the new year on January 3. Catering to a St Thomas family, she noted, was a great experience. "I am very happy that I went out of Kingston - the people were really nice. I don't think they wanted me to come back to Kingston. It was a good experience and I would definitely do it again next year."
Brian Lumley spent Christmas Day with his ecstatic winner, Datilda Morgan. Lumley prepared most of the dishes before getting to the home of the St Catherine family. "She was elated that she didn't have to cook this year and it was like a perfect gift to a chef coming from a chef," Lumley added.
Lumley, who has now left the island, got the surprise of his life with his family and friends' unexpected entrance. He was also presented with a birthday and send-off cake decorated with the flag of Jamaica and Qatar and a chef's hat.
Guests had the opportunity to hit the dance floor and dance the night away while being entertained by singer Wright Richards and friends on the bands.