Jamaica Pegasus chefs earn top honors at Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition

The 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary Festival was held in October 2019 at the Montego Bay Convention Center.

Photo caption: Jamaica Pegasus’ Nickel Stenneth poses with his well-earned Chef of the Year prize won at the 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary CompetitionPhoto caption- Jamaica Pegasus’ Vanessa Mighty earned double honors at the 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition, taking home top prizes in the Vegetarian and Lamb categories.The Jamaica Pegasus’ standing as the top culinary hotel in Jamaica was validated at the recently contested 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition.

14 culinary professionals representing the  Kingston hotel competed against a field of 300+ chefs from restaurants and hotels across the island. Jamaica Pegasus chefs earned six top honors, including the two most coveted prizes – Chef of The Year and Pastry Chef of The Year.

Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing and Sales, commented on the awards, saying: “As exceptional cuisine is a hallmark of the Jamaica Pegasus guest experience, we could not be more pleased at the phenomenal showing of our culinary team. These awards are a testament to our uncompromising commitment to serving the very best, whether you’re joining us for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a snack.”

The 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition featured 25 different award categories. Jamaica Pegasus chefs competed in 13 – Chef of The Year, Pastry Chef of The Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Chicken, Lamb, Seafood, Bartender of The Year, Beef, Team of the Year, Crème brûlée, Cheesecake, Punch, and Butchery. Award winners were as follows:

·       Chef of The Year – Nickal Stenneth

·       Pastry Chef of The Year – Michael Ellis

·       Bartender of The Year – Dwayne Barnett

·       Lamb and Vegetarian – Vanessa Mighty

·       Top Servers – Lucette Mclean and Shannakay Walcott

Notably, 2019 marked the second consecutive year that Michael Ellis earned Pastry Chef of The Year honors.

“I tried not to be complacent,” said Ellis. “Winning once was great but I always want to improve my skills and further build my brand as a pastry chef.”

This dedication toward continually improving culinary skills is at the heart of the Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition.

“The objective of Taste of Jamaica is to offer fellow chefs a professional platform to showcase, exhibit, hone culinary skills, and raise the overall Jamaican culinary art with international standards,” said Sous Chef and Jamaica Pegasus culinary team leader, Patrice Malcolm.

“When we win, it’s even greater for the hotel as the chefs learn more creative ways to do dishes and to improve the quality of the food provided at the Jamaica Pegasus,” added Executive Chef, Mark Cole.

The Jamaica Pegasus is located near noted attractions as Devon House, The Bob Marley Museum, and Emancipation Park.

The 2019 Taste of Jamaica Culinary Festival was held in October 2019 at the Montego Bay Convention Center. The event is hosted annually by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica.

(pictured: Jamaica Pegasus’ Nickel Stenneth who received the Chef of the Year prize and  Vanessa Mighty who took home top prizes in the Vegetarian and Lamb categories.)


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