Cook-Off Calling Bermuda’s Rising Chefs

September 19, 2012

Do you have what it takes to win the title of ‘Bermuda’s Rising Chef of the Year’? The Bermuda Hospitality Institute [BHI] is calling all rising professional chefs, 18 years of age or older, to share their love of culinary arts by participating in a culinary competition.

12 Chefs will be selected to compete in The Rising Chef of the Year Competition & Fundraiser, being held from November 1-9, 2012, at the International Imports [The Chef’s Shop].

“This event has been created to promote the talent and dedication of Bermuda’s culinary professionals, and to raise funds for BHI’s educational programs which spotlight the Hospitality Industry,” said Karla Lacey, BHI CEO. “This is an opportunity for Chefs who are on their way up to showcase their talents to an appreciative audience while sharpening their presentation skills.”

The competition consists of four semi-final rounds with three competitors each night, leading to one final round of four competitors. Dishes will be judged based on taste, presentation, originality in the use of ingredients and work ethic by a panel of celebrity judges. The top chef will win the title of ‘Bermuda’s Rising Chef of the Year’.

To enter, a person must be a professional chef, defined as someone who is paid or has been paid to cook or bake, or is currently enrolled as a culinary student or has obtained a culinary degree. Those who have held an Executive Chef position for more than five years are not eligible.

Prizes from Goslings Limited, International Imports and Lindo’s Family Foods will be awarded each night to the Audience Favorite and Winner, both during the semi-finals and the Final Night. The Grand Prize of an all expenses paid trip to DeBragga & Spitler “New York’s Butcher” will be awarded to the Chef who wins the title, courtesy of Butterfield & Vallis.

“We’re excited that our sponsors, Gosling’s, Butterfield & Vallis, International Imports and Lindo’s Family Foods didn’t hesitate to assist,” said Ms. Lacey. “And we’re especially appreciative of the Bermuda Chefs Association’s efforts to promote this competition.”

The entry period runs September 24-October 5, with details available at, or by calling 295-5049. Tickets go on sale in October

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