For Taste of the Caribbean team: SHTA calls up pastry chefs and bartenders

POSTED: 02/29/16 6:06 PM

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association announced the open call for pastry chefs and bartenders. The call started on Monday and will close next Monday, February 29.

Pastry chefs and bartenders who have registered will compete for a spot on the culinary team during a local competition to be held on March 12th at the Sundial School. The winners will earn a place on team that will be represent the island at CHTA Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami from June 6 to 10.

In the local competition pastry chefs must prepare a signature dish for eight persons. Time to prepare is four hours.

Bartenders must prepare three signature drinks. Time to prepare will be thirty minutes for the three drinks. All pastries and beverages must have a Caribbean identity and flavors in particular, a Sint Maarten/Saint Martin flair and taste.

Interested bartenders and pastry chefs can register via email at office@shta.com. The email’s subject line should read: Taste of Caribbean Open Call 2.

Since 1993, Taste of the Caribbean has been the one Caribbean Culinary competition not to be missed. This is an annual opportunity to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and food & beverage veterans. Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations. A forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line. Teams from all over the Caribbean will be vying for the titles of culinary team of the year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year, Caribbean Pastry Chef of the year, Caribbean Bartender of the year, and Apprentice of the year.

After being absent from the competition for several years, St. Maarten will be making its way back to this prestigious culinary competition. The team to represent St. Maarten will consist of chefs and bartenders from both sides of the island. Through this initiative SHTA endeavors to showcase the multitude of culinary and bartending talent on St. Maarten.

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