Lights! Camera! Action! Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival

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For the past three years we’ve been lucky enough to participate in the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival. It is something we wait for all year.  From stepping off the plane into the warm Bajan sunshine, to unpacking our bags in the beautiful rooms at The Tamarind Hotel and to spending our days working side-by-side in the kitchen at the Pom Marine these are experiences that stay with us throughout the whole year.

We spend our days working with local ingredients, pumping music from our iHome players and drinking Banks Beer.

Each year we tackle something new with our dishes, last year it was making fresh ricotta, this year it was making over 1,000 tortillas from scratch. We are known for the long hours we put in, but also for the way we are able to make friends and tackle obstacles….if there were an award for Team Congeniality, we would win hands down!

Above all else it is a great bonding experience. We meet local Bajan chefs and our favourite ones from the States, and we get to spend time away from the office together. Bymark‘s Executive Chef, Brooke McDougall, Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby from One, McEwan and Fabbrica as well as Mark McEwan and myself spent time conceiving new plans for the year ahead on the beach instead of in the office. We have lunches and dinners together rather than heading our separate ways at the end of the work day, reminiscing and laughing at stories from the night or years past while waiting for swordfish sandwiches from roadside grill.

Chef Mark McEwan, Anne Burrell, Chef Garces, Marcus-Samuelsson, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and others at Barbados Food And Wine & Rum Festival in 2012. File Photo: Barbados Tourism

Chefs Mark McEwan, Anne Burrell, Garces, Marcus-Samuelsson, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and others at Barbados Food And Wine & Rum Festival in 2012. File Photo: Barbados Tourism

Below is a home movie of our trip, it follows our antics inside the kitchen and outside, prepping for Ambrosia, the party at the polo club with 1300 guests as well as what we did on our days off.

We hope to be invited back next year…and we hope you will join us!

Written by,

Jordie McTavish, Executive Chef to Mark McEwan