Saint Lucia culinary team 2014 captures 12 awards

Saint Lucia culinary team 2014 captures 12 awards
The St. Lucia team got a hero's welcome on their return to the island after winning a silver medal overall at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami.
The St. Lucia team got a hero’s welcome on their return to the island after winning a silver medal overall at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami.

SLHTA – According to Walt Disney, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

This is indeed so for the 2014 Saint Lucia culinary team who performed exceptionally well at the Annual Taste of the Caribbean Competition. It was a tough competition according to participants, but it was also an opportunity to show the world that Saint Lucia deserves a place in the spotlight.

On Thursday, July 3, 2014, a group of delegates from the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) hosted a welcome-back cocktail at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for the team upon their arrival.

At the cocktail reception, Executive Vice President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, Noorani Azeez, took the opportunity to congratulate the team on their success.

“I want to thank you profoundly for setting a fantastic stage for us to pursue as we lift the standards of culinary arts in Saint Lucia,” he said.

Azeez also expressed his gratitude to Zina Haynes for working tirelessly to ensure that the team was ready for the competition.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Donavan Williams, also applauded the team on their achievement.

“It’s a really good sign when you can demonstrate tangibly that your abilities can carry this expectation to provide us with the product that we have today. And the fact that you won so many awards, tells me not only that you are talented but that you also committed and that you can achieve,” Williams said.

He further indicated that food and beverage plays a huge role in the product that Saint Lucia has to offer.

Alva Preville – Delirius – Most Creative Cocktails and Silver Medal

Refer Leonce – Silver Medal
Peter Lawrence – Gold and Overall Winner

Elijah Jules – Jade Mountain – Bronze Medal
Caron Jean- Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Silver Medal

Martha Hippolyte – Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Participating Mention

Sherma Peter – Jade Mountain – Participating Mention

Junior Chef
Clevie Henry – Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa – Bronze Medal

Chef of the Year
Elijah Jules – Jade Mountain – Silver Medal

Team of the Year
Saint Lucia – Silver Medal

Total Amount
1 gold
2 special awards
5 silver
2 bronze
2 participating mention

Congratulations to the SLHTA’s National Culinary Team 2014.


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  1. Your reporter writes these stories in a vacuum. Which country won the overall title at the event? They were over a dozen countries there, not so? Which country won gold medals at the events in which St. Lucia won only silver or bronze. St. Lucia from reading won one single gold medal but the story gives the impression they walked away with the lion share of medals. I'm just saying you have to tell how the competition did to put St. Lucia's performance into perspective. Your reporter should learn the basics of news writing before submitting nonsensical stories that are seen here too often,


    • Your reporter? This is a SHLTA press release. It clearly states the byline at the beginning of the article.


  2. A big thank you and cognratulations shoudl go to the team manager, Ike Lauff - well done!


  3. Congratulations team! Loving the fact St. Lucia is doing great in the culinary field. Keep up the good work


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