Trinidad and Tobago Gets Ready To Host The World At Taste T&T 2011
The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) of Trinidad and Tobago launched the much anticipated Taste T&T International Culinary Festival, on Friday October 7, at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.
Minister of Tourism, Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith gave the media, sponsors and other stakeholders a taste of the many new flavours offered by this year’s premier culinary event. One of the highlights was the announcement by the Minister, of the attendance of American Iron Chef Jose Garces, who will work alongside local and regional chefs during culinary festival which will be hosted from October 29th to 30th at the Jean Pierre Complex and Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
Chef Garces will also join local chefs to judge the culinary competition which will be held during the festival and feature teams of culinary students from the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute and the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute battling for cash prizes and bragging rights.
Among the many new elements that patrons can expect to experience at the event are daily rum and wine tastings. Another highlight is the participation of Danish Gastronomic entrepreneur Master Chef Myer who will be conducting a two day workshop for culinary students, chef and other stakeholders on October 24th and 25th.
The regional line-up boasts top names in the Caribbean’s food industry including, Jamaican Chef Roan Hylton; Chef Dexter Burris of Grenada; from Antigua, Chef Maurine Bowers and Anguillan Chef Glendon Carty. Two top Mexican chefs will also be participating in the event.
Highlighting the importance of Tobago to the nation’s culinary heritage, a strong contingent of Tobago’s prominent “blue-food” cooks will also be featured at the event.
There will also be a strong educational component, with workshops and demonstration kitchens led by local and foreign chefs for culinary students and secondary school students and teachers on both islands.
Designed to be a fun, entertaining and educational family-friendly experience, Taste T&T is also intended to give culinary students, local chefs and food entrepreneurs an opportunity to enhance their skills.
For more information on the Taste T&T 2011 International Culinary Festival please contact the TDC’s Corporate Communications Unit at 868-675-7034 ext 242 or visit us on the Web at www.tdc.co.tt and Facebook at www.facebook.com/islandsoftrinidadandtobago
Trinidad and Tobago’s Tourism Minister Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith (centre) shares a light moment with Tourism Development Company CEO Sandra Perkins(left) and Taste T&T International Culinary Festival Chef Consultant Debra Sardinah-Metivier (right) at the launch of Culinary Festival on Friday.