One of the highlights of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show is the Culinary Competition, and the 19th edition saw 27 chefs across three size categories produce mouth-watering meals around the theme of New Year’s Eve. In addition to impressing with their culinary skills, the chefs had to cater to strict dietary requirements for the charter group in their brief, and everything had to be delivered to the table within 30 minutes.
The 160ft+ category winners:
1st place Chef Peter “Frosty” Frost aboard M/Y ETERNITY
2nd place Chef Micail Swindalls aboard M/Y GO
3rd place Chef David Pearson aboard M/Y GALAXY
Table-scaping winner: Echo Flores from M/Y ETERNITY
The winning meal for the 160ft and over category came from Peter Frost aboard luxury yacht ETERNITY, filling the brief for a multi-generational UK family looking for a healthy meal ending with a sumptuous chocolate pudding.
To begin the judges were presented with a selection of canapés such as the oyster lovage with Yuzu crème fraiche and salmon egg caviar, followed by a main course consisting of an American Black Angus beef fillet served with beef cheek and pate bric.
The Ferrero Rocher dessert filled the last requirement of the brief and the treat was chosen because if its association with the festive holidays in the UK.
The 126-159ft category winners:
1st place Chef Sebastian Springer aboard M/Y HARLE
2nd place Chef Jamie Sparks aboard M/Y BERILDA
3rd place Chef Philip Clarke aboard M/Y RUYA
Table-scaping winner: Robyne McNeil from M/Y BERILDA
The brief in this size category asked for chefs to create a 1920s inspired dinner party that included a coeliac amongst the guests.
Chef Sebastian Springer aboard superyacht HARLE won the 126-159ft size category by opening with an amuse bouche of seared scallops and kimchi with tuna ceviche. A K2 beef fillet with a peppered glaze and truffle was served for the main course before finishing with a lavish chocolate pudding.
The 125ft and below category winners:
1st place Chef Desree Pierce aboard luxury catamaran JOY
2nd place Chef Inn Boisson aboard M/Y ARION
3rd place Chef Ely Reyad aboard M/Y UNBRIDLED
Table-scaping winner: Katie Kisch from M/Y UNBRIDLED
The final group in the smallest size category needed to cater to an Austrian family who requested a traditional New Year’s Eve dining experience.
Chef Desree Pierce won with her innovative take on the miso cured ceviche, sous vide red wine Ibérico Pork Pluma and vegan piña colada cheesecake which fulfilled the traditional element while also satisfying the intended charter group with something new and bursting with flavour.
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