The culinary challenge is a much anticipated annual event that gives charter yacht chefs the opportunity to participate in an extravaganza of epicurean artistry and splendor, and be recognized and rewarded for their extraordinary talents. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, which served as the underlying theme for both the Concours de Chef and the Table Setting Competition.
Chefs were instructed to prepare a Caribbean Celebration Banquet pared with an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink offering. Stewards and stewardess participating in the Table Setting Contest were instructed to incorporate the number 50 and a bottle of Piper Heidsieck, a sponsor of the event, in the centerpiece arrangement of a table setting suitable for a 50th anniversary.
Prizes included magnums of Piper Heidsieck, accommodations at five star resorts, Liat airline tickets, William and Sonoma gift certificates and spa treatments.
And the winners are……
YACHTS 160ft AND OVER
1st place: Tim Macdonald, Huntress
2nd place: Heather Kaniuk, yacht Numptia
3rd place: Thomas Francque, yacht Passion
YACHTS FROM 101 TO 159 FT
1st place: Emma Beckett, Lady J
2nd place: Gabrielle Scott, Va Bene
3rd place: Jerry Bond, Arioso
YACHTS UNDER 100 FT
1st place: Rene Kappetein, Worlds End
2nd place: Adrian Martin, Lady Alliaura
3rd place: Caro Uy, Muse
160FT AND OVER
Theone Penn, Troyanda
100 TO 159 FT
Hilary Gibbson, Andromeda La Dea
UP TO 99FT
Julia Fluhrer, Matau
After viewing all of the impressive table settings the judges were inspired to spontaneously create an additional award category for the Creative Use of the Number 50 and Champagne Bottle. The winning yachts were Passion, for an artistic rendering of 50 made with glass pieces and labels from Piper Heidsieck bottles, and Sea Quell, for an elaborately Caribbean construction of palm fronds and banana leaves.
The winners of the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show Concours de Chef and Table Setting Competitions add a special ingredient for clients chartering aboard their magnificent yachts!
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