(Photo: Garfield Robinson)
There's no disputing the success of the 23rd iteration of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards held Thursday, September 29 at Devon House. Hundreds of patrons, delighted in the evening's offerings that commenced with awards and applause, segued into the taste, eat and drink component of the gastronomic affair that has served to elevate the narrative around the culinary landscape.
there's no doubt that The Rock, and indeed the region, is a culinary hotspot. And, in fact, the Food Awards was borne out of this mission — for visitors to flock our borders, not just for the unsurpassed beauty of our shores, but the tantalising fare.
Part of the magic of the evening that unfolded against the backdrop of the spectacular mansion built by George Stiebel, Jamaica's first black millionaire, were the stunning booths constructed in 60 hours — owing to heavy rains that washed the island. Inside these booths awaiting the elegantly clad patrons were affable and proud chefs, culinary artisans and mixologists serving the very best. Bragging rights were secured by some. But the camaraderie, the sight of industry players saluting those who have served the landscape well were the evening's most important takeaway.
As we wrap the 23rd and ready for the 24th we remain a band of believers that in unity there is strength and we're grateful to have been a part of this history.
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023. And, yes, there's a 50 per cent chance of rain!
Guests on arrival at Devon House for the 23rd staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
ATL Group Executive Chairman Adam Stewart (right) welcomed Digicel CEO Jabbor Kayumov as minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Senator Matthew Samuda looked on (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Mayberry Investments Executive Assistant Lisa Adelle-Jondeau and her husband, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Executive Chef Stephen Adelle-Jondeau (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
The Best Dressed Chicken Senior Vice-President Ian Persaud and his wife Karen (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Award-winning restaurateur Lisa-Gaye Chin and her son Zachery (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
The Johnnie Walker booth was bustling with activity. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Trelawny Honey Hives principals Paul and Sheona Muschett (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Executive director of Tourism Enhancement Fund Dr Carey Wallace (left) and Derrimon Trading Company Chairman and Group CEO Derrick Cotterell (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Pickapeppa Company General Manager Dianna Tomlinson (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
From left: Chilling at the M10 Bar & grill booth were realtor Odessah Laidlaw; Mayberry Investments Limited's Assistant Vice-President (AVP) of Sales Ian Laidlaw; AVP of Sales Karen K Hall; Investment Advisor Dominic Johnson; Investment Advisor Junior Roberts; and Vice-President, Sales & Client Services Okelia A Parredon. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
From left: Barcode Jamaica Director Daniel Sharpe, The Best Dressed Chicken Regional Marketing Manager Avadaugn Sinclair, and Main Event Entertainment Group CEO Solomon Sharpe (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Bon vivant Murrien Mitchell jetted in from Trinidad & Tobago for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The mastermind behind the 23rd Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards' decor, Shikima Hinds Events Concierge Managing Director Shikima Hinds (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
(Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Sandals Resorts International CEO Gebhard F Rainer (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge Maurice Sloley and founder of Savour Experience Shannon Delebarre (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
It was girls' night out for (from left) Dollis Campbell, Guardian Life insurance advisor; wine consultant Marilyn Bennett; Karen Young, NCB branch manager; and policy consultant Jacinth Byles (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Master Mac Food Store principals Wendy and Raymond McMaster (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Tastee director Simone Chanpong and Plant Operations Manager Carey Lue-pann (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Regional Marketing Manager for Aperol Kamal Powell (left) and Tech Beach Retreat co-founder Kirk-Anthony Hamilton and his wife Karishma, business development lead at Crane Resorts (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Scenes from the 23rd staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
My Time Investment Co Ltd Managing Director Sonia Tomlinson and her husband, Blue Mahoe Estate Jamaica Ltd Chairman Lloyd Tomlinson (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Cal's Manufacturing Limited CEO Carlton Watson and his director daughter Lisa paused for a red-carpet photo-op ahead of accepting The Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
National Works Agency CEO EG Hunter and his attorney-at-law wife Nesta-Claire (right) and national swimming coach Gillian Millwood (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Recipient of the Chairman's Award and Select Brands Luxury Portfolio Manager Debra Taylor-Smith (right) was congratulated by (from left) Select Brands Co-Managing Director Andrew Desnoes, his wife Natalie, and Geophysx Jamaica Limited Managing Director Bobby Stewart. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)
Reice's Confectionery principal and Best (New) Local Product nominee Shyana Hibbert with her partner Kyle Smith, logistic manager, Discount Lumber and Hardware Limited, immortalised the experience with an 'ussie'. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)