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Team TCI Strikes Gold at 2017 Taste of the Caribbean

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – Team TCI walked away with 5 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 

Bronze at the recently concluded Taste of the Caribbean in Florida, Miami. 



The relatively young team managed by veteran chef Colin Watson and TCHTA’s Stacy Cox, created some much talked-

about dishes and cocktails despite this being TCI’s 2nd representation at the competition in the last 10 years. With 2017 

seeing tremendous improvement from the previous year Team TCI is already discussing their strategy to win the 

Caribbean National Team of the Year in 2018.  



Caribbean National Team of the Year – Gold

Caribbean Chef of the Year – Gold - Chef Edwin Gallardo, Seven Stars Resort

Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year – Gold – Chef Yoginder Singh, Beaches Resort

Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year – Gold - Chef Martin Wilkiens – Seven Stars Resort

Caribbean Seafood Competition – Gold - Chef Edwin Gallardo, Seven Stars Resort

Caribbean Beef Competition – Silver – Chef Joseph Charles, Grace Bay Resorts

Caribbean Chocolate Competition – Silver - Chef Yoginder Singh, Beaches Resort

Caribbean Bartender of the Year – Bronze -  Jean Tissaint, Seven Stars Resort



As food enthusiasts spent June 02 – 06 savouring not only creations from TCI but from across the Caribbean, along with 

embracing the various cultures, “Mama Bear” Stacy Cox noted, “I could not be prouder of this team, the commitment and 

drive to win and put TCI on the culinary map amazes me every year. The training they endured leading up to Taste of the 

Caribbean including Taste of Tapas truly paid off as they were able to stand alongside seasoned teams like Bahamas, 

Barbados and Jamaica and still walk away with five Gold awards. When the team wasn’t competing they were busy 

participating in a number of educational seminars for food and beverage professionals, which allowed them to broaden 

their skills and techniques. Skills which I know they will share with our Lit’l Chefs at this year’s Hospitality Adventure 

Summer Camps next month.”



The team included Team Manager Colin Watson, Yoginder Singh, Edwin Gallardo, Joseph Charles and Lit’l Chefs alumni 

Martin Wilkiens, Robinangel Simmons, Jean Tissaint, Korea Rolle and Christin Greene who is also currently a culinary 

student at TCICC. 



Presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Taste of the Caribbean is an annual event that 

highlights the art of Caribbean cooking as it brings together top chefs and bartenders from the region to compete for 

honours in a variety of food and beverage competitions.

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