Bajan chefs three-time winners of People’s Choice Award in Washington

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) took home first place for the People’s Choice Award during the DC Embassy Chef Challenge held at Union Station in Washington DC on March 7. This is the third time that Barbados has been a winner in the competition.

Representing Barbados were Chefs Damian Leach of Cocktail Kitchen and Ann-Marie Leach, a vegan chef and wellness coach at Yummy Mummies, along with Dameain Williams, one of the island’s leading mixologists. The Embassy Chef Challenge is a distinguished international culinary competition where embassy chefs from across the globe come together for one night to showcase their country’s cuisine and cooking techniques in a friendly and flavorful showdown.

“We remain proud of our island’s incredible culinary talent,” said Tenisha Holder, Senior Business Development Officer with BTMI USA, who accompanied the group, leading the destination marketing efforts. Our talented chefs and mixologist did an excellent job highlighting all the elements that make Barbados such a special place and reinforcing why we are the culinary capital of the Caribbean. We share this win with Barbadians everywhere, whose talent and passion for food and drink shines through at the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival”.

The Embassy Chef Challenge provides a platform to showcase Bajan food and drink, especially rum-based drinks, since Barbados serves as the birthplace of this centuries-old spirit. (CM)

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