Monday, June 5, 2023

Taste it, Eat it, Drink it, Applaud it! And this they (mostly) did Thursday morning at buzo Jamaica where sponsors and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges convened for the launch of the 24th staging of the food awards, the region's premier culinary/award-winning affair. Joining the intimate gathering were UTech students Felecia Forde and Naomi Blake, representing the six recipients of the 2022/23 Food Awards scholarships.

In between the three-course affair comprising antipasti, secondi and dolci, and sips of Prosecco, sponsors were brought up to speed by Food Awards Chair Novia McDonald-Whyte while Jamaica Observer Managing Director Dominic Beaubrun welcomed all, and Forde and Blake recounted how their scholastic journey had improved exponentially, having been awarded scholarships. Both will graduate with honours at the end of this academic year.

With the countdown on in earnest the bonhomie was palpable and many expressed their eagerness to join the #OTeam for the flagship event on Thursday, June 29 at Devon House

Page 2 joins the launch festivities.

Standing Proud...... as Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards partners are (front row, from left) Dominic Bell, brand PR & communications manager, J Wray & Nephew Ltd; Michael Jones, sales and marketing director, The Best Dressed Chicken; Christina Taylor, group marketing manager, ATL Automotive; Avadaugn Sinclair, marketing manager, The Best Dressed Chicken; Dianne Ashton-Smith, head of corporate relations, Red Stripe; and Alliyah Brown, sponsorship assistant, Wisynco.(Second row, from left) Alec Sukhu, marketing assistant, Tastee Ltd; Caroline McDonald-Riley, director, Tourism Linkages Network department; Daidre Sloley-McKay, AVP, marketing, Sagicor; Tori Macko, co-ordinator, Island Car Rentals rate and tour; Denise Byfield Dixon, marketing manager, Rainforest; Tashna Samuels, Main Event Entertainment Group; Gabrielle Curling, marketing co-ordinator, sponsorship & events, Wisynco; and Angella Reid, consumer services manager, GraceKennedy.(Back row, from left) Khalil Stephenson, GM, FesGas; Jeremy Barnes, managing director, FesGas; Howard Harris, service delivery analyst, Red Stripe; and Dalton Fowles, country manager-Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Eastern Caribbean, Mastercard. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Serving SuccessJamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2022 scholarship recipients UTech School of Hospitality students Naomi Blake (left) and Felecia Forde flash happy smiles at Thursday morning's launch of the 24th staging of the Food Awards held at buzo Kingston. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Cheers To 24!Food Awards judges (above, from left) Billie-Jean Constantine-Tulloch, Karl Tulloch and Pauline Edie and (below, from left) Jimmy Joseph, Oneal Johnson, Victoria Colahar, Adolph Raynor and Annaliesa Lindsay raise a toast to the 24th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards slated for Thursday, June 29 at Devon House. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Here's The ThingJamaica Observer Managing Director Dominic Beaubrun has the full attention of Daidre Sloley-McKay, AVP marketing, Sagicor at the launch of the 24th staging of the Food Awards (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Here For The Awards...... were (from left) Alec Sukhu, assistant marketing manager, Tastee Ltd; Tashna Samuels, senior account executive, Main Event; and Shikima Hinds, managing director, Shikima Hinds Events Concierge. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
CheersFood Awards judges (from left) Jimmy Joseph, Oneal Johnson, Victoria Colahar, Adolph Raynor and Annaliesa Lindsay (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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