Saturday, August 4 2012
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Carlton Jones, Anya Ayoung-Chee, Freddie Leiba and Ann Ogden pose for a picture at the RESERVEDnyc Chefs of the Caribbean event at New York's Studio ...
OCEAN Style Magazine put Caribbean culinary excellence on display to a discerning audience of foodies, journalists and trendsetters recently at New York’s trendy Studio 450.
“RESERVEDnyc – Chefs of the Caribbean” sought to bring together a cross-section of chefs from the region and Caribbean chefs based in New York for an evening that showcased the rich and sophisticated culinary talents available in the Caribbean.
A number of movers and shakers and notable personalities were in attendance including stylists Freddie Leiba and Phillip Bloch, Third World’s Cat Coore, designer Anya Ayoung-Chee, finance executive Alsion Roach, actor Leon Robinson and NY based PR powerhouse Marvet Britto.
“It was our first venture with a food event here in New York and we are very pleased with the feedback. The food was terrific and the space was spectacular. We are driven to showcase the best of the Caribbean so from that perspective I am delighted with the end result. It took a tremendous effort on the part of our team but full marks to them for what was achieved. The concept has met with great interest and we will look forward to developing the RESERVED series in the months to come,” said Douglas Gordon, Editor in Chief of Ocean Style and host for the evening.The evening also featured a silent auction with proceeds benefitting Project Runway Season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung-Chee’s TallMan Foundation. Anya The auction items include a four day- three night stay at Sandals Exuma, limited edition autographed prints from Marc Baptiste, Johnny Vincent and Walter Chin along with Broadway tickets and Zumba Class passes, and garments from Catherine Malandrino, Calvin Klein and Anya’s own collection.
The auction will continue online until August 10 and there is an open invitation to visit www.32auctions.com/tallmanfoundation to place bids to support the TallMan Foundation.
Among the featured Chefs of the Caribbean were Chef Christophe Blatz, Executive Chef at Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua; Chef Veejooruth Purmessur, Group Pastry Chef Sandals/Beaches Resorts (Bahamas); Chef Sean John, Chef/Owner at Spur Tree Restaurant, New York (Jamaica); Chef Kevin Broderick, Executive Chef, The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, Jamaica; and Chef Kingsley John, SoCo Restaurant, New York (St Lucia).
Enjoying spectacular 360 degree views of the New York skyline, guests were first treated to a sumptuous array of appetisers with signature cocktails after which they were taken downstairs where they were welcomed by Gordon, then were treated to an intimate dinner, with each chef giving the insights into the preparation of the dishes and their restaurant.