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Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Belizean culinary brilliance and mixology will once again be featured on this year’s Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition. This is one of the region’s premier culinary competitions and sees chefs and bartenders going head to head to show their country’s cuisine and drinks. It is also an educational exchange and cultural showcase and will be held in Miami Florida from June 22 to 25.

In 2018, Team Belize brought home a unified silver medal and also received silver and bronze in other individual competitions. This year, Team Belize will be comprised of Rob Pronk, Team Manager; Sean Kuylen and Eva Longsworth, Senior Chefs; Rojel Lisbey, Junior Chef; Maria Urbina, Pastry Chef; and Mark Jacobs, Bartender. The team will also include Elisa Carr and Emir Sosa, winners from Taste of Belize 2018, who will shadow the team in preparation for next year’s competition.

Competitions will be held in the following categories: Caribbean National Team of the Year; Caribbean Chef of the Year; Caribbean Junior Chef; Caribbean Pastry Chef and Caribbean Bartender, Individual Beef Competition and Individual Seafood Competition. This year, the Caribbean 305 event, which is a culinary display on June 22 as part of Taste of the Caribbean, has added an individual “Street Pork” and Individual Seafood Competition, during which Team Belize will also participate. This event gives those attending the opportunity to savor all of the diverse culinary delights the Caribbean has to offer at one extraordinary culinary and cultural celebration.

One of the main objectives for the Taste of the Caribbean is to provide a platform for the development of food and beverage professionals. Educational sessions will be provided and participants from Belize will use the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills and knowledge. The event is also a great opportunity to promote Belize, its culture, and cuisine.

Team Belize is currently conducting various practice sessions to prepare for the team competition, as well as individual competitions. This year’s sponsors of Team Belize include the BTB, Madisco, Total Marketing & Distribution, Tropic Air, Belikin, Southside Meats and Traveler’s Liquors.