Taste of Wadadli Pastry Chef Competition: Sweet Sensations Await in the Ultimate Baking Showdown

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The culinary scene is heating up as seven talented local Pastry Chefs take center stage in the Taste of Wadadli Pastry Chef Competition.

Presented by the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation, and Investment, this event aims to crown the island’s best Pastry Chef, who will represent Team Antigua and Barbuda at the prestigious Taste of the Caribbean in Miami later this year.

Handpicked from the hotels and restaurants within the membership of the ABHTA, these pastry artisans are bringing their A-game to the table.

In the preliminary rounds, each chef has been challenged to craft a delectable dessert showcasing the richness of local fruits and tubers.

The competition is already underway and will continue until April 25, 2024.

Meet the talented lineup of chefs:

Kimone Stewart, Pastry Chef at Pineapple Beach Club
Tameka Hamilton, Chef De Partie at Blue Waters Resort and Spa
Vivia Ingram, Executive Sous Chef at Jumby Bay Island
Britanya McLaren, Pastry Cook at Hermitage Bay
Johnisha Hixson, Pastry Cook at Royalton Antigua
Sophy Federick, Pastry Cook at Galley Bay Resort & Spa
Tehrica Benta, Chef Tutor at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute

In the coming weeks, a distinguished panel of judges will visit each chef’s kitchen to evaluate their skills within a three-hour timeframe.

Scores will be tallied, leading to a thrilling finale on May 11, 2024, hosted at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.

Guiding the competition with their expertise are esteemed judges:

Chef Olvanah Richardson-Burnette, Executive Sous Chef at Blue Waters Resort & Spa
Chef Maurine Bowers, Executive Pastry Chef at Curtain Bluff
Cleo Henry, Chef Instructor
Jesse Thomas, Director of Agri-Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation, and Investment
Chef Mark Smith, Head Pastry Chef, Mill Reef Club

Stay tuned as these culinary maestros vie for the title of Taste of Wadadli Pastry Chef, showcasing the island’s rich flavours and culinary strength.

The ABHTA collectively represents the hospitality industry by educating, advocating and promoting to increase visitation and the economic benefits for Antigua and Barbuda.

The primary focus is on the needs and best interests of the members of the Association.

The membership of the Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association is open to all hotels, restaurants, airlines, and companies directly or indirectly involved in the tourism sector of Antigua and Barbuda.

Joining the Association is a way of showing your support of the island’s tourism product and helping us to further develop our tourism industry.

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