REV, a two-time sponsor for The Bahamas’ national culinary team in the Taste of Caribbean, has announced it will deliver complimentary REV Trio services to members of the national team in celebration of their winning performance at this year's culinary competition. The Bahamian team faced 13 opposing groups in Taste of Caribbean 2016, held at Miami, Florida's Hyatt Regency on June 6-10, and returned with nine medals - five gold medals for Caribbean National Team of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Bartender of the Year, Seafood Chef of the Year, and Seafood Competition; two silver medals for the Junior Chef of the Year and Individual Beef competitions; and two bronze medals in the cheesecake and pastry competitions. Additionally, Mixologist Marv Cunningham was inducted into the Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame and received a special award for best vodka drink.
Now, REV is following up its previous contribution of $10,000 to the team with a six-month subscription to upgraded triple play services at no additional cost to the winning team members. REV will deliver cable TV and home phone services as well as broadband Internet with speed increases between 40 and 100 per cent to the food and beverage professionals.
Through REV's new Trio offer, customers have experienced significant savings and enjoyed greater value across the REV services. This same benefit will be extended to the nation's winning culinary team.
"We are tremendously proud of our Bahamas national culinary team who represented The Bahamas with excellence in the regional competition and demonstrated just a taste of what our country has to offer on the culinary scene," REV Marketing Manager Melissa Baker said. "The contribution we're making is just a way of congratulating the team on such an impressive performance. We look forward to a continued partnership with the culinary team as we carry on our tradition of supporting Bahamian heritage."
Team mixologist Marv Cunningham extended appreciation to REV, noting that the culinary team was significantly encouraged by REV's sponsorship and representation at Taste of Caribbean 2016.
"I want to express my gratitude to REV," Cunningham said. "Words can't describe how grateful we are to have had you battle with us at the competition."
He added that the savings accrued from the REV Trio reward would allow him to invest more funds into improving his craft.
Along with Cunningham, the 2016 Bahamian national culinary team comprises Ron Johnson, team manager; Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, chef and team co-manager; Shelby Coleby, chef; Leonardis Moss, team junior chef; Richmond Fowler II, chef; Jamal Small, chef; Charon McKenzie, chef; Marvonne Thurston, junior chef and Savannah Adderley, junior chef.
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) supports the national culinary team with assistance from industry partners and sponsors.
"Cable Bahamas is the gift that keeps on giving," BHTA President Stuart Bowe said. "The chefs on the national culinary team made many personal sacrifices to serve their country. This is an incredible gesture of generosity from Cable Bahamas."
Caption: REV will deliver complimentary REV Trio services to members of The Bahamas’ national culinary team in celebration of their winning performance at this year's Taste of the Caribbean competition. Pictured front row, from left: Team Captain Ron Johnson, Team Mixologist and Co-Captain Marv Cunningham, Co-Captain Sheldon Tracey Sweeting and Chef Richmond Fowler II. Back row, from left: Carlton Francis, BHTA Vice President Suzanne Pattusch, Apprentice Marvonne Thurston, Chef Shelby Coleby, Apprentice Savannah Adderley, BHTA President Stuart Bowe, Chef Charon McKenzie, Chef Jamal Small, Marketing Manager of Cable Bahamas Melissa Baker and Junior Chef Leonardis Moss. Kemuel Stubbs, Photo: BIS
The Nassau Guardian
Published: June 27, 2016