It’s a second course for the Table Talk Food Awards on Nov. 10, when the best of Cayman’s restaurants and chefs are recognized by The Best Dressed Chicken and Jamaica Observer.

 Awards will be presented in 19 categories.

First bite

On the afternoon of the inaugural staging of the Table Talk Food Awards last year, there was rain. A lot of rain. Originally scheduled for an outdoor venue, the hosts had to quickly re-route the event to the ballroom of the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort.

What followed was a “taste”ful evening of food, entertainment and socializing.

“It’s fair to say that curiosity ruled the room at the start of last year’s event,” says Christopher Levy, president and CEO of Jamaica Broilers Group, whose flagship brand, The Best Dressed Chicken, is the presenting sponsor of the Table Talk Food Awards. “But the truth is that people love to see when others are recognized for good work and that is the essence of these awards.”

From left, Karis-Ann Gordon, Racquel Watson, Joan Forrest-Henry, and Avadaugn Sinclair from The Best Dressed Chicken.
From left, Karis-Ann Gordon, Racquel Watson, Joan Forrest-Henry, and Avadaugn Sinclair from The Best Dressed Chicken.

Second helpings

The awards night this year will again be held at the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, and is shaping up to be an even more memorable affair.

Once again, awards will be presented in 19 categories, including the prestigious Chairman’s and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Guests can expect a sensational evening celebrating all things food in the Cayman Islands. The formal awards presentation will be followed by a grand epicurean adventure presented by the chefs of the Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, several specially selected local restaurants, as well as famed Jamaican chef Jacqui Tyson.

“The Cayman Islands is a remarkable culinary experience, from the haute cuisine of fine restaurants to the home cooked goodness of roadside shacks. It has always been our mission to celebrate both excellence and diversity in any of the markets that the Table Talk Food Awards is presented and now more than ever, the Cayman Islands offers the perfect expression of that vision,” says Novia McDonald Whyte, senior associate editor of Jamaica Observer.

Chef Vidyadhara Shetty holds his trifecta of awards: Chef of the Year, Best Décor and Best Place for Dinner.
Chef Vidyadhara Shetty holds his trifecta of awards: Chef of the Year, Best Décor and Best Place for Dinner.

Competition

The Cayman Compass and The Best Dressed Chicken are sponsoring a competition with the prize of a Table Talk Food Awards VIP Experience. The lucky winner will get dinner for four people, including wine, at the award-winning Blue Cilantro Restaurant. They will also receive four VIP tickets to the Cayman Edition Awards Gala. Value of the prize is $1,000, and readers can enter at www.caymancompass.com/contests.

Tickets for the Table Talk Food Awards are $100 each and available at the Pinnacle Media reception desk from Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash or check accepted. Local charity, Feed Our Future, will receive proceeds from ticket sales. Dress code is semiformal.

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