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Press Release 2012

Trinidad Culinary Team Has Golden Touch

Team wins team gold at Taste of The Caribbean culinary competition

Press Release 2012

Port of Spain, Trinidad (June 26, 2012) - As part of continued efforts to solidify Trinidad & Tobago as the premier destination for epicurean travelers to the Caribbean, the culinary team from the sister-islands once again proved to have the "golden touch" by winning their sixth consecutive team gold medal at the Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition, held June 20-24, 2012. Led by team-captain Raymond Joseph, the squad won gold for the team, Chef of the Year, Devon Joseph, Junior Chef of the Year, Isaiah Connell and Bartender, Daniyel Jones.

Organized by the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and TourismAssociation (THRTA) as a member of the Caribbean Hotel Tourism Association, the five-day competition, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel, featured 11 regional teams that included Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaao, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and United States Virgin Islands. Each team prepared and presented food and drink that were judged on taste, execution of skills and presentation.

Other medals and awards achieved by the victorious eight-member squad included silver to Kendell Mulzal for Pastry Chef of the Year; Devon Joseph in the Cheese competitions; bronze to Rajesh Goolcharan for Seafood; Arnold Jupiter in the Beef competition and honors to Daniyel Jones in the bartender competition, in the best Vodka, Rum and Most Creative Cocktail categories. The award-wining team was guided by Louanna Chai-Alves, executive director, THRTA and Michelle Young, team manager.

Members of the 2012 National Culinary Team were Chef Arnold Jupiter (DSM Cuisine), bartender Daniyel Jones (Martini Makers), alternate bartender Carla Cupid (Hyatt Regency Trinidad), Junior Chef Isaiah Connell (Toppers Restaurant), alternate chef Rajesh Goolcharan (Ramphal Caterers), Chef Devon Joseph (Chaud Restaurant), Pastry Chef Kendell Mulzac (Hyatt Regency Trinidad) and team captain Chef Raymond Joseph (Courtyard by Marriott).

About Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities.

Trinidad, the 'cultural capital of the Caribbean,' is home to the world famous Carnival, the birthplace of the steel pan drum and was the host destination for the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the five-time consecutive award winner for World's Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards from 2003 to 2007 and 2009.


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