|Morning||Teams and Delegates Arrive|
|2:30PM – 4:00PM||Team Orientation|
|4:00PM – 4:30PM||Managers and Competitors Review Competition Area|
|5:30PM – 7:00PM||Opening Session, Keynote Address, President’s Inauguration & Industry Award Presentations|
|7:00PM – 8:30PM||Reception and Networking at Exchange Hub|
|8:00AM – 9:00AM||Breakfast and Networking at Exchange Hub|
|9:15AM – 10:00AM||Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.|
|11:00AM – 3:00PM||Teams Prep for Caribbean305|
|12:45PM – 2:00PM||Lunch and Networking at Exchange Hub|
|4:00PM – 6:00PM||Teams Leave to Jungle Island|
|5:15PM – 6:30PM||Fun, Games and Hall of Fame Bartender Demo at the Exchange Hub|
|8:00AM – 12:00PM||Team Competition Group B / Chocolate Competition Group A|
|8:30AM – 11:00AM||Bartender Competition Non-Alcoholic|
|12:00PM – 1:30PM||Competition Lunch Group B|
|2:30PM – 5:00PM||Bartender Competition Rum|
|3:00PM – 7:00PM||Team Competition Group A / Chocolate Competition Group B|
|6:00PM – 6:45PM||Tasting Session|
|7:00PM – 8:30PM||Competition Dinner Group A|
|8:45AM – 12:00PM||Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.|
|1:00PM – 5:00PM||Individual Competition Seafood and Pastry Group A|
|1:30PM – 2:30PM||Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.|
|2:30PM – 4:00PM||Bartender Masterclass|
|6:00PM – 8:30PM||Bartender Competition Vodka|
|6:00PM – 10:00PM||Individual Competition Beef|
|8:00AM – 12:00PM||Junior Chef and Pastry Group B|
|12:00PM – 3:00PM||Bartender Mystery Basket|
|1:00PM – 4:00PM||Chef of the Year|
OVERVIEW OF THE COMPETITION
In a mystery basket competition, teams are assigned items from the basket from which a three course menu is developed within one hour. After the menu is developed, teams have three hours to prepare a three course meal (appetizer, entrée and dessert), which is then served to attendees. The top scoring team on the culinary team competition receives the award of Caribbean Culinary Team of the Year.
In addition to the team competitions, various categories of individual competitions are available to participating team members. 1 senior chef and 1 junior chef from each participating team compete in an individual competition to select the Caribbean Chef of the Year and the Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year. During these competitions, each individual must create in a two hour period a dish showcasing the main ingredient from a mystery basket. A winner is selected for each one of the individual competitions.
To win Caribbean Chef of the Year each chef will be given one hour of preparation time in which to write and submit a description of their entrée dish, to do mis en place and get organized (only stocks can be cooked during the 1st hour). Cooking, finishing and plating are to take place during the second hour. The dish must be completely plated by the end of the second hour.
To win Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year each contestant must be working and/or studying in the culinary field in the Caribbean and cannot be older than 21 years of age. Each chef will be given one hour of preparation time in which to write and submit a description of their entrée dish, to do mis en place and get organized (only stocks can be cooked during the 1st hour). Cooking, finishing and plating are to take place during the second hour. The dish must be completely plated by the end of the second hour.
Bartenders from the competing national teams prepare a variety of drinks to demonstrate their creativity, skills, personality and showmanship. Three rounds are scheduled for beverages in the categories of Non-Alcoholic, Vodka and Rum. Each bartender has five minutes to prepare three portions of the beverage. All participating bartenders compete for the honor of Caribbean Bartender of the Year. In this final round bartenders have thirty minutes to review the content of a mystery bar, and then design and prepare a cocktail of their choice.
Pastry chefs from the competing national teams create, in advance, a dessert recipe which they prepare during four hours at the event. The top pastry chef is selected the Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year.