Thinking Out Loud

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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There was much to digest and copious servings of food for thought inside the fully subscribed space of the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington extension for this year's staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar, last Wednesday.

Stimulating presentations abounded for the audience of culinary students, restaurateurs, and food industry professionals from a roster of captivating female speakers comprised of Nicola Madden-Greig, head of the Gastronomy Tourism Network in the Ministry of Tourism; The Best Dressed Chicken Regional Marketing Programmes Manager Avadaugn Sinclair; and Catherine Guilbard, chief judge of The Table Talk Awards — The Cayman Islands Edition.

At the much-anticipated precursor event to tonight's Food Awards, insightful discussions ranged from Madden-Greig's detailed examination of the ongoing work towards developing Jamaica as a gastronomy destination to Guilbard's enlightening presentation on the ever-evolving restaurant landscape of the Cayman Islands, which she explained had mushroomed into “an accidental culinary destination of the Caribbean”, now home to over 300 restaurants and multiple calendar food and wine events that faithfully attract the global food industry's most prolific chefs and influencers.

Sinclair, in a relatable and engaging fashion, spoke on the topic, 'Brand Development: Taking A Successful Local Brand Across The Region'. She shared her journey to being appointed regional manager for The Best Dressed Chicken brand, the unique challenges faced and creative counter-measures utilised in introducing the poultry and meat brand to such new market territories as Cayman and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which heretofore, only consumed chicken brands from North America.

Tapping into current culinary trends and entrepreneurial possibilities, the trio of speakers captivated attendees, stirring substantial question-and-answer sessions that saw the event, which began at 10:45 am, culminating on a satisfying high in the mid-afternoon hours.

Thursday Food invites you to take a seat with us at the Foodie Seminar.

— Omar Tomlinson




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