I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for getting involved again this year in the Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition at the Montego Bay Convention Centre hosted by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica.
We are still celebrating the success of our young team at the just concluded Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Team Jamaica did its best (in terms of the quality of medals won) in all the years competing by copping ten (10 ) medals; namely 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze and one Honorary mention. We also earned two (2) titles Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year and Caribbean Ice Carver of the Year. Only two (2) members of the team had experience in competing at the Taste of the Caribbean.
True to our core principles of unearthing new talent and eating what we grow in creative ways, we were able to train a team that exceeded our expectations. It is clear to see that the CFJ is making its mark on the local hospitality and food landscape. As our members' represent the future of food and beverage in Jamaica, so they must embrace, elevate, promote and celebrate Jamaican food and culture with a passion.
The bold flavours of our cuisine have global appeal and we are blessed with a market basket filled with seasonal offerings. Our creative hands turn the gifts from our farming community into fresh local seasonal work of art that nourishes the body. The Culinary Federation of Jamaica would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors big or small who have been with us over the years and see the results of their investment in spirit of this competition. In this global market place, knowledge is power so we need to start seeing more talented chefs take up leadership roles and secure their future as well as Jamaica's food culture.
This is a win- win situation for all so enjoy the event and just maybe you will be representing Jamaica in Miami next June.
DENNIS MCINTOSH PRESIDENT, CULINARY FEDERATION OF JAMAICA