Open call for potential team members

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association, the largest private sector representative, announces the proposed re-entry of St. Maarten in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition 2016. After being absent from the competition for several years, St. Maarten is considering re- entering this prestigious culinary competition. The eventual team that would be representing St. Maarten will consist of chefs and bartenders from both sides of the island participating as a unified team. Through this initiative SHTA endeavors to showcase the multitude of Culinary and Bartending talent on St. Maarten.

To build the team SHTA announces an open call for Chef’s and Bartenders that would like to participate in the June 2016 CHTA competition in Miami, representing St. Maarten/St. Martin team. The open call starts today January 4th, 2016 and will close on January 15th, 2016. Chefs and Bartenders who have registered will compete for a spot on the culinary team during a local competition.

Since 1993, Taste of the Caribbean has been the one Caribbean Culinary competition not to be missed! This is an annual opportunity to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and food & beverage veterans. Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations. A forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line. Teams from all over the Caribbean will be vying for the titles of Culinary Team of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year, Caribbean Pastry Chef of the year, Caribbean Bartender of the year, and Apprentice of the year. SHTA is calling on the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the business community to support this effort by way of sponsorship for the team. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase a quality St. Maarten team with a private / public partnership through both Government and businesses participating as sponsors.  Several prominent businesses have already indicated their interest in being part of this great opportunity. “We hope that the public entities and the private sector join in the effort to put this team together and ensure their participation in the competition by way of their sponsorship. St. Maarten has always performed well at these competitions and we have all expectation of continuing to do so; but it can only be done by providing the team members with the correct resources and tools to execute their skills at the highest caliber” said SHTA.

Interested Bartenders and Chefs can submit an email indicating their interest to the SHTA office at with the subject line “Taste of Caribbean Open Call”.

The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information please contact our offices at 542-0108 or visit our website at



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