St. Croix Bartender Brings Home Gold from Taste of the Caribbean Competition

St. Croix-based Bartender Frank Robinson of Zion Modern Kitchen (Christiansted), recently brought home a gold medal from the regional Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami.  The annual contest took place June 6-10.  Robinson was named one of the Caribbean Bartenders of the Year by the host organization, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.  He is currently in the process of starting his own bar, BES Craft Cocktail Lounge.

The entire U.S Virgin Islands Culinary Team performed well at the 2016 regional showcase, bringing home a silver medal in the Caribbean National Team of the Year division.

In the Caribbean Chef of the Year category, Chef Shaun Brian Sells of Gallows Point Resort (St. John) achieved a bronze medal.

Regine Abraham of the USVI was honored with a silver medal in the Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year division.

U.S. Virgin Islands Pastry Chef Natalie Buckner brought home multiple bronze medals in both the Pastry Chef of the Year category and cheesecake specialty division.

USVI-based Chef Michael Matthew won a bronze in the beef competition.

Lastly, Chef Edward McNamara achieved a bronze medal in the seafood division representing the U.S. Virgin Islands Culinary Team.

Taste of the Caribbean began in 1993 and serves to unite culinary professionals in the region to share ideas and build individual skills.

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