Jala Bernard has lived the hospitality Industry for more than 20 years. Her hospitality career began in London at the Selfridge Hotel and Hilton Hotel. She also worked in Washington DC at KPMG Consulting, Wyndham Resorts and even at the White House!

On her return to Trinidad, she brought her years of experience to the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute to share with the young people joining the industry.

She is passionate about food, travel and the discovery of new event experiences!

Simone Hill believes that one of the best ways to know a city is to experience its culinary offerings. This was evident while traveling extensively for her duties that span a period of over 15 years in her former corporate career for organizations such as the New York Stock Exchange and WPP Group, a global media conglomerate, along with pursuing her own ventures with fashion and lifestyle companies Sugar Crème Inc. and Bella Vita Trinidad. Simone has been afforded the opportunity to explore various cuisines and cultures around the world, tasting and experiencing everything from fine dining to local dives, developing a discerning palate for good food and wine over the years.

Franka Philip has always been a keen cook and collector of recipes. She started writing seriously about food in 2006 after being told by a food television editor in the UK that Caribbean food was "nothing to write home about."

Since then, she has written about the virtues of the food of the region for a number of publications including Time Out London and the BBC. She is also a regular contributor to Caribbean Beat, the in-flight magazine for Caribbean Airlines.

She has worked with renowned baker and food writer Dan Lepard on a recipe that appears in his book Short and Sweet.

A journalist since 1995 when she joined the Trinidad Express, Franka has also worked at the Brighton Argus and the BBC World Service in the UK where she lived for 13 years.

Franka is currently the Editor, Features and Special Publications at the T&T Guardian. She is "very excited" to be a part of the Table Talk Awards judging panel as it is a competition that highlights the best and most innovative chefs and artisans in T&T.


Paul Prudent is our Head Judge for the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Table Talk Food Awards and served as our head judge for the 2013 awards. Paul has had an extensive business career in the Telecommunications and Oil and Gas industries for the past 28 years. Currently, Paul is the Sales Manager ICT Division at MBM, an ANSA company. At present, he is pursuing an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K.


Nyssa Pierre is a Public Relations professional and owner of PearTree Consulting, specializing in PR strategy and event execution for a number of high profile clients. A self described nomad and foodie, Nyssa was a food judge in the 2013 edition of TableTalk in Trinidad and was happy to return to join the team this year, armed with more global taste travels.

Chef Bernard Long has always played an active role in the culinary competitions; he loves the adrenaline flow the excitement creates.

Chef Bernard Long is a New Zealander by birth and studied the art of culinary skills in Rotorua (NZ) under the direction of English Master Chef Bernard k O’Hagan who Long the bug for competitive participation.

Chef Long has gained many awards for his efforts in the field of creating tantalizing dishes with a unique blend of textures and flavors.

In Trinidad, Long was first awarded Chef of the Year in 1995 and successfully defended this title six times, in 2001 Chef Long teamed with waiter Mohan Bachan calling themselves TriniWi (Trini & Kiwi) and together they captured the award for ChefWaiter Team of Year.

In 1996 Long was chosen among five others to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the regional cook-off in Puerto Rico. This team took home the bronze medal. In 1999 there was another regional cook-off, this time in Miami. Chef Long was part of the team that brought home the gold medal in this competition.

Most recent achievement includes a team gold medal and the prestigious award for Caribbean Chef Team of the Year” and the award for “The Team with the Most Professional “in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Long also won an individual gold medal in the finals at The Taste of the Caribbean 2004 in Puerto Rico and was awarded the bronze medal by the American Culinary Federation for the “Americas Chef Competition” in Miami in 2008. Long was the captain of the National culinary team in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and is the captain again in 2010 when the team competes at the “Taste of the Caribbean” in Puerto Rico on 9-14th Septembe.

Chef Long has been delighting the Trini palates for the last seventeen years. Long caters for many functions in the Diplomatic and business network and especially to those who enjoy the finer delicacies of good food.