SuperClubs resorts produced another strong performance recently at the 38th Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Professional Culinary Arts Exposition. The event climaxed with Grand Lido Braco walking away with the coveted Dutch Pot trophy for best performance by an establishment, the symbol of island wide culinary supremacy.
All seven of the SuperClubs resorts totalled over 20 gold, 62 silver, 79 bronze medals and 39 certificates of merit.
The shows newest category, the Master Chef Mystery Basket competition, proved to be the shows highlight. It was won by Adrian Weichenberger from Starfish Trelawny. The category was judged not only for taste but also for presentation and creativity.
This component had a vegetarian theme where participants were given a basket, unaware of its contents.
The judges` mandate was that each chef had to create a vegetarian dish within an hour, using the mystery items in the basket.
The Chefs got approximately 45 minutes to create a recipe - Adrian completed his in 35 minutes. They then had 1 hour to complete there dish. They were also judged on ability to minimise waste
Weichenberger created Honey-Peanut crusted Tofu with Chick Peas Puree presented on crispy Vegetables and Sweet Potato Roesti accompanied by a Mango Yogurt and Pineapple Chutney. this gave Weichenberger the gold medal in the category as well as the JCDC`s Master Chef award, $30,000 and the Governor General`s trophy.
In another first in the history of JCDC, the Bartender of the year was won for the first time by a female, Alicia Essor from Hedonism II, a performance that earned her a two year scholarship from the Western Hospitality Institute to study for an associate degree. The scholarship is valued at $75,000 per year.
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