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Local Barbadian Chefs to spice up Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival 2010

The paring of fine dining with a Barbadian twist and the soothing, tropical backdrop of the island promises to wet the palates of both visiting and local patrons to the first ever Barbados Food & Wine and Rum festival, scheduled to kick off on November 19, running through November 22, 2010

Coming on the tail of the Food & Wine event calendar featuring the Food Network’s South Beach Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum festival promises to carry on the Food & Wine reputation of esteemed events, while bringing a uniquely Barbadian flare and character to the festival repertoire.

Standing proudly as the only Caribbean island with its own Zagat guide, Barbados provides an ideal epicurean stop for the coveted Food & Wine festival. This only serves as a small jewel in the island’s culinary crown, especially on the heels of most recent achievement of the Barbados’ culinary team winning gold at the just concluded Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean competition in Puerto Rico. This gives further meaning to the island’s culinary successes and the top notch prowess of our locally grown chefs.

So, it is no surprise that the four-day epicurean festival will showcase the island’s top culinary offerings as prepared by a cadre of top local chefs, who will endeavor to confirm the reason why Barbados is regarded as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. During the festival, Barbados will proudly present its crème de la crème of local talent, who are set to masterfully introduce a medley of local delicacies to the international audience of patrons.

Angela Garraway Holland

Heading the list and leading the charge for local female chefs is Angela Garaway-Holland, Executive Chef at the Hilton Barbados, who brings a wealth of more than 20 years experience in the hotel industry. She will be the featured local chef at the Moonlight Magic event at the Hilton Barbados, where she and her team will prepare a range of delightful bites created from some of the award-winning recipes of the headline chefs.

Peter Eddy

Next to be featured on the programme itinerary will be Peter Edey, International Caribbean Chef, and Henderson Butcher, who will share the stage with Tim Love at the Taste of Two Cities event to be held at the George Washington House. This event will see a synergy of cultures, where American Thanksgiving and Barbadian Independence will meet to form a fusion of cultural and culinary delight.

Another homegrown talent, John Hazzard, co-owner and Executive Chef of Marketfive by John Hazzard, will share the spotlight at the Wine World Ambrosia: Savour Barbados event at the Lion Castle Polo Estate, where chefs and their culinary teams will prepare spectacular creations under the stars.

Barbadian-born Paul Yellin, the acclaimed ‘Rum Chef’ and producer of the book ‘Infusion’, will return to the island for the event to serve up his signature dishes at the Rhythms of Rum Cuisine lunch at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre.

In addition to these featured local chefs, completing the line up are: Alfredo Batson, Chef and Manager of three restaurants at Sea Breeze Beach Hotel; Mark DeGrunchy, Co-owner and Executive Chef at Café Luna; Carsten Flindt, Chef and Owner of Patisserie Bistro Flindt; Kirk Kirton, Chef at Treasure Beach Hotel; Thamrongvit Makavong, Chef at Zen Restaurant; Barry Taylor, Executive Chef, Naru Restaurant and Lounge; and, David Yarde, Executive Chef at Bistro Monet.

John Hazzard

In addition to a strong line up of local talent, the island will also have the opportunity to showcase its local food products, as chefs will utilize various locally grown and manufactured products to complete their dishes.

This eclectic mix of talent, style and products will offer patrons the opportunity to experience the variety which makes the Barbados dining product such a contender within the regional and international culinary community. In addition, the chefs will have the unique chance to prove themselves on the international culinary stage, from which invaluable exposure would be garnered for them and the island as a culinary destination of choice.

Overall, the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum festival will feature cooking demonstrations and wine and spirit seminars by overseas chefs, along with other featured events include Late Night on the Bay, Barbados After Dark and Setting Sail.

These events will take place at restaurants, select hotels and places of interest across the island of Barbados, including Sandy Lane, The Cliff restaurant, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion and St Nicholas Abbey.

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