The Philippines and Barbados Win the 2016 Embassy Chef Challenge
Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2016) – Eighteen embassy chefs from around the world showcased their talents by preparing an authentic taste of their country to a sold out crowd at the 8th annual Events DC presents Embassy Chef Challenge, a signature Cultural Tourism DC event, in partnership with Trade Center Management Associates. Chef Creig Greenridge from Barbados walked away with the Judge’s Choice award, while Chef Claude Tayag from the Philippines won the People’s Choice Award at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Wednesday evening.
"Events DC is proud to partner with Cultural Tourism DC to bring this unique culinary competition to the District for the 8th consecutive year," said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, Sports, Entertainment and Special Events. “Having a sold out crowd in the Reagan Building to experience the culinary offerings and beautiful performances from the embassy community made for an unforgettable evening that we look forward to repeating next year.”
Guests ate their way through an abundant array of foods and drinks prepared by culinary representatives from Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda and Uzbekistan. As the attendees were tasting their way around the world, they were casting votes for their favorite dish on ballots and through twitter, which ultimately led to the Filipino offering of Bringhe (seafood rice) being the People’s Choice champion. You can watch Chef Claude Tayag explain his dish on Good Day Washington from earlier this week.
As attendees were enjoying the food and beverages, they were being entertained by non-stop live performances, which included Russian violinist, Rafael Jardov, ribbon and samba dancers Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama, Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, as well as the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe and Sambart. Whole Foods Market gave away two WFM Foodie gift baskets and the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board held a raffle for a 4-night stay at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina.
A full visual recap of the event can be found on the official Events DC facebook page photo gallery: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEventsDC/photos
Sponsors of the 2016 Events DC presents Embassy Chef Challenge include RCN, Trade Center Management Association, the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board and Dulles International Airport, the international gateway to the world.
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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. By leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.