Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Jamaica recently held its first formal event in just over two years, a gathering before then having been stymied because of the effects of the novel coronavirus and the Government-issued protocols and mandates regarding gatherings.
Under the watchful eye of official Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Jamaica hosts Gia Abraham and Kyle Mais — who graciously filled in for Bailli Derek Elder — the event was hosted by Couples Resorts Corporate Executive Chef Stefan Spath. Billed as a Breezy Extravaganza there were about 30 guests, giving the event a cosy atmosphere. The venue: Couples Tower Isle’s private island, made available courtesy of General Manager Wayne Williams
All the stops were pulled out to stage this six-course white glove serviced dinner with each course being better than the last. Wines were compliments of Arosa and rum courtesy of Select Brands.
With all the enthusiasm generated from this end-of-year event, Jamaica Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members are eager for the next one. It’s scheduled for first quarter of 2022.
Here are highlights from the recent extravaganza:
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Jamaica
– Founded at The Half Moon Hotel in 1985, the first dinner of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jamaica Bailliage (chapter) was hosted at the Wyndham Rose Hall Resort Hotel and Golf Club
– The Jamaica chapter is the oldest and largest in the Caribbean and is part of the United States Bailliage
– It is one of nine Bailliages making up the Atlantic/Caribbean Islands Region
– There are 50 active members more than 55 per cent of whom are professionals from the trade (chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers). This is by far the highest percentage of professionals in the Caribbean
– Jamaica has more than 10 members who are designated as ‘Commandeur’, having a minimum of 20 years’ service in the Chaîne
– Jamaica has three “Officier Commandeurs”, members with over 30 years’ service in the Chaîne.
– In 2007 The Hans Schenk Foundation was started to help develop young chefs and assist in their education
– Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jamaica’s 30th Anniversary was celebrated in December 2015 in grand style at Couples Sans Souci Resort
– The Société Mondiale du Vin is an organisation within the Chaîne which was created to promote the enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages. The Mondiale in Jamaica started in 2009 and now comprises over 50 members.
First Bailli: Frank Ikenowe, 1985
Kermit Tucker, 1985 – 2008
Derek Elder, 2008 – Present
Bailli – Derek Elder
Vice Chancelier-Argentier – Steven Marston
Vice Conseiller Culinaire – Pierre Battaglia
Vice Conseiller Gastronomique – Clifton Reader
Vice Chargée de Presse – Charmaine Deane
Vice Chargé de Missions – Gia Abraham
Vice Echanson – Kyle Mais