Dino Jag­tiani wins in­au­gu­ral S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup of The Caribbean at the Pan­erai An­tigua Clas­sic Yacht Re­gatta

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

In con­junc­tion with the ex­clu­sive EFG Bank Own­ers Party event, S. Pel­le­grino hosted the in­au­gu­ral S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup of the Caribbean com­pe­ti­tion. Es­tab­lished in Venice, Italy fif­teen years ago, the S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup has be­come an in­ter­na­tional and unique event that wel­comes sailors, chefs and fine-dining lovers from all over the world.

The An­tigua Clas­sic Yacht Re­gatta is a suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion of some of the most ap­pre­ci­ated and worl­drenowned val­ues of the Ital­ian life­style: the plea­sure of to­geth­er­ness, the art of fine food and pas­sion for sail­ing.

Four fa­mous chefs from four Caribbean is­lands had been in­vited by S. Pel­le­grino and Ac­qua Panna - the fine dining wa­ters - to ex­pe­ri­ence the first S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup of the Caribbean: Rene Klop from Cu­ra­cao, Eli­jah Jules from St. Lu­cia, Rod­er­ick Beazer from An­tigua and Dino Jag­tiani from St. Maarten

The win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup of the Caribbean, through the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, was Dino Jag­tiani from Temp­ta­tion Restau­rant in St. Maarten. Dino pre­sented a de­li­cious vir­gin olive oil pound cake with rose­mary scented tem­pura ap­ple, lemon crème “en pipette” gar­nished with vanilla panna cotta, and pis­ta­chio brittle.

“I would like to thank S. Pel­le­grino for this ex­pe­ri­ence” said Dino Jag­tiani. “I think the event was a suc­cess and I am happy and hon­oured to have won this com­pe­ti­tion. I hope to be in­vited back in the fu­ture!”

Eli­jah Jules from Jade Moun­tain in St. Lu­cia de­lighted guests with a St. Lu­cian green ba­nana salad with grilled fish, cit­rus sous­caille and Caribbean slaw.

Rene Klop from Baoase Luxury Re­sort in Cu­ra­cao en­chanted with a dish of tuna in sesame gar­nished with dif­fer­ent is­land flavours in­clud­ing a tamarind puree.

Rod­er­ick Beazer of Cur­tain Bluff, An­tigua pre­pared an ex­quis­ite pan seared red snap­per, An­tiguan pep­per pot, ba­nana ketchup, plan­tain crisp and tomato chips.

The S. Pel­le­grino Cooking Cup of the Caribbean came to an ex­cit­ing end with Gior­gia Con­cato, San­pel­le­grino Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Manager for the Caribbean, pre­sent­ing the chefs with prizes in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their dishes that of­fered a real mix of their own coun­try’s cui­sine us­ing lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Yacht own­ers and VIP con­grat­u­lated the chefs with a long and heart­felt ap­plause. The event took place at the slick South Point Ho­tel and Restau­rant over­look­ing the An­tigua Yacht Club Ma­rina.

On Fri­day April 17th, the chefs ex­pe­ri­enced a day of rac­ing on KAIRÓS a glo­ri­ous 2-mast 38 me­ter long schooner. Ideal Caribbean sail­ing con­di­tions made the ex­pe­ri­ence mem­o­rable. “We’ve been happy and hon­oured to have been able to pro­vide the back­drop to S. Pel­le­grino for this event,” said re­gatta Chair­man Ju­lian Gilder­sleeve. “I think it has been a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in­volved. The party was def­i­nitely the talk of the dock and was very well re­ceived by all the yacht own­ers.”

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