Curaçao Culinary Team 2019 bartenders announced
WILLEMSTAD - During the Flavors Event, CHATA also hosted the finale of the Curaçao Culinary Team Bartender competition, to elect the new bartender who will form part of the Curaçao Culinary Team.
The winner will represent Curaçao abroad at the annual Taste of the Caribbean Competitions taking place in Miami. In the week leading up to the event, the bartenders participated in 3 competitions, namely the Vodka, Rum and Non-Alcoholic Competition. During the Flavors event, the bartenders had to showcase their creativity and ability to interact with a large crowd by making a cocktail on the spot without prior knowledge of the ingredients.
The bartenders were judged by a panel of international and local bartenders namely, Rakesh Madoo (Head Bartender Judge of Taste of the Caribbean), Marv Cunningham (2-time bartender of the year of the Taste of the Caribbean), Fenton Thomasita (Curaçao Bartender Association). The winner of the Curaçao Culinary Team Bartender competition is Jurnick Merced. While Brenton Balentien takes home the title of runner-up in the competition.