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Bartlett announces gastronomy ambassador programme

Monday, December 04, 2017

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Three winners of gastronomy competitions in Mobay on the weekend are to be named gastronomy ambassadors following their return from a training course in New York.

"I am pleased to announce the Gastronomy Network Programme which will see winners of the Chef of the Year (Michael Barnett of Hedonism II), the Pastry Chef of the Year (Oberio Walker of Jewel Paradise Cove) and the Bartender of the Year (Dwayne Barnett of Jamaica Pegasus) in Taste of Jamaica being sent to New York to receive training. The three will then become the first official Ambassadors of Gastronomy of Jamaica,” said tourism minister Edmund Bartlett.

He made the disclosure Saturday at the opening ceremony for the 10th anniversary staging of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF)-sponsored Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.


He described the development as a significant outcome of the partnership between the Ministry of Tourism's Linkages Network and the Culinary Federation of Jamaica, and stressed that it was very important because training is a major element of capacity-building.


To further promote and sell local culinary delights to the world, the gastronomy network has also launched its Taste Jamaica Mobile App and Micro-Site, covering the best of Jamaican cuisine, from the pan chicken man on the corner to top gourmet restaurants.


“In building out the gastronomy prototype and the gastronomy network as key drivers of tourism's growth in Jamaica, we are tapping into a US$150 billion market and this is an opportunity for us to train, develop and provide resource support to enable our culinary experts to become financially viable,” Bartlett said.

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