Taste of Cayman winners presented with event awards

It was all smiles for winners of the various categories at Taste of Cayman 2013.

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink received the People’s Choice Award at a ceremony held at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association office on West Bay Road. That accolade came with a cheque for $1,000.

Chef Thomas Tennant beamed with delight at the latest success for a restaurant which has embraced the popular annual food and drink festival.

“It feels really good and is testament to the hard work and dedication that has been put in over the two and a half to three years we have been open,” he told the Compass. “It is recognition of what we do every day, supporting local farmers, producers and communities. It is validation for them as well as us as a restaurant and a business.”

The restaurant previously won Best Dessert in 2010 and 2012 and an honourable mention in 2011 for their presentation of lionfish.

“We are very happy with the accolade of favourite restaurant and are going for best food in 2014,” he added.

Move to February

Jane van der Bol, executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, which arranges Taste of Cayman as the nonprofit organisation’s largest fundraiser of the year, said the festival had been a great success.

She also noted that the 2014 Taste of Cayman may move to a date in early February, possibly 8 February.

“We definitely want to stay at Camana Bay Festival Green and are in negotiations right now. This weekend [Taste fell] on a long weekend and that affected our numbers.

“We found out that [the equivalent date in 2014] would also be a long weekend, so we thought we would spread it out further from Cayman Cookout and also took into consideration events at that time of year. We certainly did not want to compete with other events that have made it their weekend and 8 February seemed to be the weekend of choice,” she said.

All winners were honoured with a special engraved plate. “Best Drink” was Wreck Bar at Rum Point for their mudslide; “Best Food” was Seven at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for their jerk and maple-glazed Niman Ranch pork belly; “Best Dessert” went to Ortanique for their churros; and Thai Orchid was honoured with “Best Booth”.

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