Howard and Jane Taylor, Jacqui Tyson Food Awards honorees
PURVEYORS of smoked marlin for three decades, Howard and Jane Taylor, and caterer extraordinaire, Jacqui Tyson, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement and Chairman's Awards, respectively, at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, tonight.
The Caribbean's most prestigious food event, celebrating its 'Sweet 16' iteration, will pay homage to the three food industry players, whose contributions continue to play an integral role in defining high quality offerings and superb service delivery.
The Taylors, who credit the late culinary doyenne Norma Shirley as the first to give their subtly smoked pink meat a seal of approval, making other caterers take notice, have developed a loyal client base with major corporate hotels in the island, with their children Rory and Vanessa — who have assumed the reins of the company — extending their reach to the rest of the Caribbean.
Jacqui Tyson, a former fashion model turned self-billed 'transformational culinary artist', has built an enviable reputation as an in-demand caterer after 20 years in the business. Trained in Jamaica and Switzerland, the food maven has developed a unique style of using local foods and vegetables with European cooking principles that has scored her a steady stream of accolades and an expanding roster of clients that include Appliance Traders Limited, the Jamaica Observer, the Bank of Nova Scotia, LIME, Digicel, and the University of the West Indies.
The Food Awards, which recognises the best in the culinary and beverage industry across a spread of much sought-after nominated categories, will this year present over 70 exhibitors that will include the country's premier restaurants, hotels, alcoholic and food brands. The Awards will take place on the East Lawns of the iconic Kingston landmark, Devon House.