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TTHTI and Spiced Girls conquer Bitter Rivals

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Team TTHTI, who won the Restaurant category, with Angostura brand manager Vitra Deonarine, second from right. PICTURES COURTESY ANGOSTURA

The young team of budding chefs from the Trinidad Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI); Malique Archer, Akeel Ronaldo Lobin, Darius Cumming, Anabella Jones and Shane Walker emerged winners of the restaurant category of this year’s Angostura Bitter Rivals grill-off competition held on November 5 at the Chinese Association. Sherry Wilhite, with her team Spiced Girls, was the winner again this year in the home chef category.

Wilhite ran away with $7,000 plus a hamper, while TTHTI chefs won $5,000 which was donated to the charity of their choice - Diabetes Association of T&T, a release said. All chefs put on a splendid show for the patrons of the free event, who came out to witness the grill-off and see how creative the chefs could get with the use of Angostura aromatic bitters and Angostura orange bitters. Judges; Chef Jason Peru, Quincy Ross of EatahFood, chef John Rojas of Angostura and chef Shaun Alexander of FoodieNationTT, were blown away by the creativity of the taste and presentation of the food and the meticulous craftsmanship executed by all chefs on show.

Vitra Deonarine, brand manager for the Bitters brands, said “Angostura Bitter Rivals allowed us to connect with our consumers through engagement, demonstration and activation.

Competitors had to prepare two dishes: a meat and a seafood, showcasing the versatility of Angostura aromatic bitters and Angostura orange bitters.

They were judged, on Taste, Originality, Presentation and Creative use of both Angostura aromatic bitters and Angostura orange bitters. We were happy to see so many participants and supporters at the event.”

This year was the second Angostura Bitter Rivals event with five restaurant teams - Sails, True Food Service, Hot Dog Republic, Flame On and the winner TTHTI.

The home chef teams taking part were - the Master Grillerz, Pepper Boys, The Pallet, Left hand Dumpling and of course this category’s winner, The Spiced Girls headed by Sherry Wilhite.

Mixologist Raymond Edwards, demonstrated a few cocktails and flair bartender Saied Ali mesmerised them with his exciting skills.

Angostura’s roving bar truck was on site, while a host of vendors, showcased and sold their specialities. They included; Chimichanga Mexican food Truck, Quan Kep’s Pork Shed, House of El, Oui Cuisine, Nice N Spicy, Les Soeurs Desserts, Nik Nak Sweet Shack, Snowie TT, Denille the Gourmet Cakist, Dalana the Ice Cream Chef and Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride chocolate. Host for the event was Ryan Jaggesar from FoodieNationTT.