Emily Maddison cops new title

Observer writer

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Miss Universe Jamaica 2018 Emily Maddison is quick to tell you that she is a foodie at heart. The 19-year-old, who was crowned in August, added another title to her resume last Sunday.

Maddison won the Publix Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Held at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, the cook-off saw her competing against Donovan Campbell, sports director at WSVN 7 in Florida.

“I am completely shocked but I know sey the food did taste good, so I'm feeling great,” an excited Maddison told the Jamaica Observer.

She added: “I prepared a sauté smoked turkey with Grace Jerk Seasoning and a lot of Scotch bonnet pepper because I like spicy food. And I threw in a little green banana which gave it a refreshing taste and more texture to it. Then after that, I cooked a sirloin and I just seasoned it well, fried it, and included some baked pieces of onion for flavour.”

Maddison said her grandmother as well as close friends, helped her develop culinary skills.

On December 17, she will represent Jamaica at the 67th Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand. Maddison commented on life as Miss Universe Jamaica.

“My reign has been very exciting! My highlight would definitely be the travelling aspect and my philanthropic activities. I have gotten to visit Trinidad and I'm on my way to Thailand. It's amazing to get to cross these events off my bucket list so early in life. As for my philanthropy, I get to inspire and educate young women. Nothing feels better for me than sharing positivity to others and making them feel comfortable,” she said.

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