|At last year's Taste of the Caribbean event, the team from Barbados was named Culinary Team of the Year. // (c) 2011 CHTA|
Culinary aficionados will head to Miami to learn the tricks of the trade while 10 teams from the Caribbean battle it out during the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's (CHTA) annual "Taste of the Caribbean" competition. The event showcasing Caribbean cuisine will hit Miami from June 22 - 26, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency.
Taste of the Caribbean, organized by the CHTA, is a competition-style event that showcases the region's best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chef's and bartenders with the ultimate crowning of "Chef of the Year," "Pastry Chef of the Year," "Junior Chef of the Year" and "Bartender of the Year."
This year, Taste of the Caribbean features 10 teams vying for top Caribbean culinary honors. Competing teams hail from Anguilla, The Islands of The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Taste of the Caribbean's annual event offers an opportunity for food and beverage staff to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition before a large audience of industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts.
Taste of the Caribbean features an educational component for competition participants, CHTA members and Caribbean governments which highlight some of the latest culinary trends and topics. The registration fee for CHTA member hoteliers and food and beverage delegates is $150 per person and includes workshops, entrance to competitions, networking reception and entrance to the closing dinner.