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Montego Bay Convention Centre Brings Home The Gold
The Taste of the Caribbean event was showcased at The Hyatt Regency Miami, on June 20th-24th 2012 with all chefs from the Caribbean competing for their native homeland. This event was one event not to be missed, besides the delicious plates offered under one roof, the Taste of the Caribbean conducted seminars, educating and inspiring ones passion for the culinary arts .

The Montego Bay Convention Centre’s General Manager Dittie Guise was so confident in their Chef Randie Anderson that she jumped at the opportunity to sponsor him in the 2012 Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. The event came to an end on Sunday June 24th, in grand style, the teams were fired up and anxiously awaited the judge’s final results. When the dust cleared, Chef Randie Anderson did it again, bringing home the gold for the Caribbean Ice Carver of the year and copped the Bronze medal for Chef of the year.

“The Montego Bay Convention Centre is proud of Chef Randie; the culinary art asks for a lot of innovative skills. A great chef must be able to use their creative skill to provide guests with a renewed dining experience. Creativity and continued innovative thinking is one of the most essential qualities of a great chef,” said Guise.

Haiti, won best island for Taste of the Islands, Barbados won Best Bartender, USVI won best Pastry, Trinidad won Chef of the year, and Puerto Rico won best Team of the year. The Montego Bay Convention Centre will continue to work with the Taste the Caribbean as they remain dedicated to bringing authentic, unique and exclusive food and speciality alcohol products from the beautiful islands of the Caribbean to a wider public.

About SMG

Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities worldwide, including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centres, equestrian facilities, convention, congress and exhibition centres, science centres and a variety of other venues. Across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million sq. ft. of exhibition space and more than 1.75 million arena and theatre seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit;