Table Talk Food Awards come to Cayman Islands

Anyone who’s a foodie in Jamaica is familiar with the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held in Kingston each year.  

People in Cayman will now also get a “taste” of what it’s all about when the first Cayman Islands edition of the awards is held on Nov. 5 at Pedro St. James. 

Participating local restaurants, including Ortanique and Peppers, will join in the festivities, offering dishes to attendees, with The Best Dressed Chicken from Jamaica pavilion taking center stage. 

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards is now in its 17th year, and thus has become well established as the most anticipated culinary event of the year in its home country. It expanded to Trinidad and Tobago in 2013, and therefore the Cayman Islands is the second Caribbean location to which it is bringing its format and festivities. 

“[W]e are delighted that with the support of The Best Dressed Chicken we are able to welcome the Cayman Islands into the fold,” said Novia McDonald Whyte, senior associate editor, lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer. 

The local judges’ panel comprises a cross section of the community but with one common denominator: They all love and appreciate good food. 

For the last seven months, Jo-Anne Stephens, David Stephens, Jeremy Hurst, Richard Barton, Maureen Cubbon, Pamela Small, Alan Markoff, Catherine Guilbard, Sebastien Guilbard, Eric Bush and Olivia Scott Ramirez have been compiling a list of their choices for the best restaurants and chefs on the island, based on a number of different categories. 

Winners on the night will be given awards for best place to raise a toast/celebrate; best wine experience; best place for breakfast; best Sunday brunch; best place for lunch; best place for dinner; best Caribbean cuisine; best place for dessert; best decor; best farm to table restaurant; best cheap eats (under $10); best-kept secret; outstanding service; best local product; restaurant of the year; the Sister Islands’ restaurant of the year; and chef of the year. 

“The opportunity to bring the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards to the Cayman Islands means that we will be able to recognize the culinary greats within the industry and applaud their efforts in creating exceptional dining experiences,” said Joan Forrest Henry, divisional sales manager, The Best Dressed Chicken. 

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to don elegant attire. It promises to be a great night of cuisine, cocktails and entertainment. 

Tickets are $100 each. Call Clint Hunter at 926-2008 for more information and ticket sales. 

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Novia McDonald Whyte, senior associate editor, lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer. – Photo: Vicki Wheaton

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Best Sunday Brunch is one of the award categories.

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Best Sunday Brunch is one of the award categories.
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