Some of the island’s best young chefs have a new training ground to get themselves ready for battle in the 2020 edition of the Taste of the Caribbean.

After years of undergoing training at various hotels around the island, a new partnership has been struck and last year’s championship team will be gearing up with the help of the Barbados Defence Force.

With the new accord having started from February 19, the 25-member team are under the scrutiny of military officers three days a week before they head off to Miami in June.

The partnership, which is between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the Barbados Defence Force, sees the team using the bar and kitchen facilities at the historic Officers Mess at St. Ann’s Fort to hone their skills while being critiqued by the military’s top brass.

Addressing the diners before this past Wednesday’s session, Team Manager Henderson Butcher explained what was expected of them. “We need to get some feedback from you guys early because we have some new members on the team this year and we need to stay ahead of the game when it comes to training. They are a little ahead than they usually would be, so I wanted that before we actually get to a real gourmet, that they can have this kind of session instead of just doing and not understanding what they are supposed to be doing, he said before going on to clear up some misconceptions about the selection of the team.


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