Real Men Who Cook by KMP |” Caribbean Event Review
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The 13th annual Caribbean Men Who Cook series was one for the books. On September 10th, 2017, chefs headed to a new location for the event but brought the same high energy and vibes that patrons have come to appreciate over the years. This cooking series has become a stalwart in the Atlanta Caribbean community that many look forward to every year. It is an idea initiated by community activist, Pamela Ramcheran, which encourages men in the Caribbean community to show-off their culinary skills and signature dishes. The chefs with the tastiest food and the most impressive presentation receive awards and trophies yes, but more importantly; they have bragging rights until the following year’s competition. And, that, is what maintains the excitement of this event every year. Show me a West Indian man who does not enjoy lauding any of his skills over the other men in his community and I will show you a man who is just posing as a West Indian.
There is a multi-faceted beauty to this event. From the participation of all ages in both the booth presentation and the tasting, to the camaraderie among the competitors, to the service of the men giving back to their community and last but not least the fact that the proceeds from this event go towards Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta (MSCA) and to assist victims of the recent hurricanes. This year’s sponsors included to S & A Storage and Logistics Laparkan Shipping Georgia, Tassa Caribbean Restaurant, Citywide HVAC, DevTech Consulting, Prime Mortgage Lending, 2BKaribbean, Ramtekk Global and G. and T. Production. Proceeds went towards supporting Multiple Sclerosis Research and supporting victims of Hurricane Maria.
This year the judges had a very difficult job but the bragging rights go to the following list.
1st Place went to: Hardat Ramnauth of Guyana. His menu was:
- All Rounder Goat Curry
- Leg Spin Aloo and Channa
- Twenty 20 Roti
- Fast Ball Cucumber Salad
Hardat received a Cash Prize donated by S & A Storage and Logistics Laparkan Shipping Georgia, the Challenge Trophy donated by Tassa Caribbean Restaurant, and the 1st Prize Trophy donated by Citywide HVAC.
2nd Place went to: Clarkie Floyd of Trinidad & Tobago. His menu was:
- Lef’ Han’ Cassava Dumplin
- Yam It Dong Cornmeal Dumplin
- Sweeten Up Yuh Chops Fuh Curry/Stew American Goat
- Sweet Fuh So Pone
Clarkie received a Cash Prize donated by S & A Storage and Logistics Laparkan Shipping Georgia, and the 2nd Prize Trophy donated by DevTech Consulting.
3rd Place went to: Austin Thompson of Guyana. His menu was:
- Carry Go Bring Come Chicken Pelau
- Bad Fuh Days Honey Glazed Meatloaf
- Starbai Veggie Chowmein
- Carahee Curry Channa
Austin received a Cash Prize donated by S & A Storage and Logistics Laparkan Shipping Georgia, and the 3rd Prize Trophy donated by Prime Mortgage Lending.
Most Promising Chef Award was won by Kwame Pacheco of Trinidad and Tobago. His menu was:
- Put He Foot In It Rum Cake
- Lick Dong Dumplin Stuffed With Curry Crab
- Buss Yuh Belly Smoked Jerk Salmon
- Bad John BBQ Beef Ribs
- Screw Up Yuh Face BBQ Pig Tail
- Cunumunu BBQ Beef Ribs
Kwame’s trophy was donated by 2BKaribbean.
Best Presentation Trophy Award went to: Alan Simpson of Trinidad and Tobago. Alan had a “Beach Lime” theme, complete with sand. The only thing missing was Richard’s Bake and Shark. His menu was:
- Curry Tabanca Duck
- Dey Sen Dem Fuh Mih Dhal
- Walla Walla Dumplin
- Bellyfull Ground Provision
- Suckeye Pineapple Chutney
Alan’s trophy was donated by Ramtekk Global.
Proceeds from this event go to Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta (MSCA) and to assist victims of the recent hurricanes.
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.