The 2014 National Culinary Team will now be cashless at the Taste of the Caribbean Competition…..but that’s a good thing!!
(Bank of The Bahamas Limited) has provided the chefs, bartender and ice carver with a beautifully illustrated Prepaid BOB Card which will be pre-loaded with funds that the Culinary Team will be able to use during their stateside stay.
“We are most pleased to have the team use the BOB Prepaid card during this competition.” said Charlotte Knowles Thompson, Executive Administrator with the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA); the organization who, along with industry partners such as the Ministry of Tourism, is facilitating the team’s ability to compete at Taste. “As Team Administrator I have to ensure we adhere to a budget, this is the perfect device to use for purchasing provisions for the competition, within our spending limit!”
The Team will travel to Miami on June 28th 2014 to compete against just under a dozen Caribbean Nations, in what has come to be known as one of the most prestigious Culinary, Cocktail and Ice Sculpting Competitions in the region. Last year the Bahamian Team brought home 13 medals, winning the highest number of medals in the competition: 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals. In addition, the 2013 Team won the coveted “Tony Mack Spirit of the Competition Award”, which is awarded to the team who displays the highest level of team spirit throughout the competition.
“We are very excited about this year’s competition. Bahamian Cuisine is part of our culture; the food, and the beverage cocktails which we consider indigenous to The Bahamas are as rich and diverse as our history” said Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice President of the BHTA, “As we seek to showcase that which makes our country unique in an increasingly competitive Tourism Industry, we can look to our Culinary and Cocktail Arts as being one of the best examples of this country’s inherent talent and distinction. We are pleased to have Bank of The Bahamas Limited cross-pollinate their support, from Prepaid Cards to Cuisine”.
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association
Caption: Back row: Marv Cunningham, Bartender, Indra Solihin, Ice Carver, Richmond Fowler II, Seafood Chef, Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, Team Manager and Pastry Chef, Michael Adderley Team Manager, Charon McKenzie, Beef Chef and Jamal Small, Chef of the Year Competition. Front Row: Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice President, BHTA, Vaughn Delany, Deputy Managing Director, BOB, Charlotte Knowles-Thompson, Executive Administrator, BHTA and Tianya Johnson, Assistant Manager Operations, BOB Card Centre)