Cayman chefs taste Big Apple

Two Cayman Islands’ chefs are showing off their culinary skills in New York this week at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s Caribbean Week 2006 Celebrity Chef Programme.

Denise Bodden, National Trust for the Cayman Islands and Keith Griffin, Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar will join nine other top chefs from the Caribbean region to allow New Yorkers to savour the exquisite tastes and delicacies of Caribbean cuisine.

A CTO press release notes that conveying a full range of cooking styles and flavours, the 11 Caribbean chefs will showcase their dishes at numerous in-store cooking demonstrations as follows: Bloomingdale’s 59th Street Store, June 12-17; Williams-Sonoma at the Time Warner Center, June 12-16; and Macy’s Herald Square, June 15 and 16.

The chefs also will appear at the Media Marketplace and cocktail reception at the Marriott Marquis on June 14; Caribbean Fashion Preview and cocktail reception at the Copacabana on June 15; and 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on June 16 at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Aside from the Cayman chefs the others come from Antigua & Barbuda, Cable Beach Resorts, The Bahamas, Old Bahama Bay Yacht & Harbour, The Bahamas, Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Coco Palm Hotel, St. Lucia, Paradise View Restaurant, St. Martin/St. Maarten.

‘With its multicultural influences and centuries of tradition, Caribbean cuisine is the food of the gods. Our celebrity chefs will give New York City an authentic taste of the blissful flavours of the region,’ said Hugh Riley, CTO’s Director of Marketing for the Americas.

‘We consider the 11 chefs in the program to be celebrities because they – and the prestigious establishments they represent – exhibit extensive culinary expertise and a strong knowledge of their craft,’ he added.

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