Men Who Know They Can Cook Event Showcases Culinary Skills of Caribbean Men

This ‘Men Cooking Series’ showcases culinary skills of Caribbean and diaspora men all for a good cause.

There was ‘heat in de place’ from all the activity. Food was bubbling, music was blasting, people were eating and laughing and everybody was celebrating. Everybody was there.  I mean everybody; young, elderly and everything in between. From all accounts, the thirteenth annual Men Who Know They Can Cook (The Sweet hand Challenge) event was a raving success.

This annual event was established to celebrate and uplift community member, Stacey Samuel Obrien, on her journey with Multiple Sclerosis. The funds for this event are donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta (MSCA) on behalf of Stacey. According to their website, ‘the MS Center exists to improve the health and hope of MS patients through advocacy, education, state of the art treatment and research leading to a more promising future.’ What makes this event extra special is the display of culinary skills of the men in the Caribbean community of Atlanta. They put a lot of effort into determining their menu, establishing the display of their food, and, of course, the most important part is the effort they put into the ‘picong’ against their fellow chefs in an attempt to take them  off their game. The bragging rights associated with winning the trophy at this event is legendary.


This year’s chefs included Dexter Nedd, Hardat Ramnauth, Christopher Stewart, Kristopher Smith (representing MSCA), Vaughn Mootoo, Ernest Densey, Alan Simpson, Anil Tocute Mohamed, Antonio Lopez and Denney C. Unfortunately there were only three trophies to distribute. The winners of the coveted trophies were Christopher Stewart with the first prize, Dexter Nedd who placed second and Antonio Lopez who placed third. Alan Simpson received a special prize for his innovative presentation and food display.


The judges for the evening were Ria Edoo, Matthew True Nelson and Anil Tocute Mohamed. Trophies for the evening were sponsored by several Caribbean businesses in Atlanta including Tyrone Manuel (HVAC Specialists), Christopher Stewart (Prime Mortgage), Marissa Williams (2BKaribbean) and Tareq Ramcheran (Ramtekk Global Group) and Vaughn Mootoo (Blue Anchor Group) who gave cash prize donations. A special thank you to Laparkan Shipping who generously donated the location for the event. Additional food donations were given by community members such as Neil Edwards, Julie Pacheco , Dwayne T. Johnson, Dominic Johnson, Annarese Ashford, Courtney Reid, François Benoît and Tassa Authentic Caribbean Restaurant. And the entire evening would not be possible without the dedication and event management skills of Pamela Ramcheran, Krista Ifill, Tareq Ramcheran, Alvin Ramcheran and Ian Ramcheran.


Countdown to 2019 begins now….





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MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.


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