Buzo Osteria Italiana took home top honours at the inaugural Table Talk Food Awards Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday evening, including Restaurant of the Year, Best Decor and Best Service. Raymond Joseph received the coveted Chef of the Year award and Joe Brown was awarded the Scotiabank Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Held at the Hyatt Trinidad on Saturday, June 15th, the awards are a transplant from Jamaica thanks to the ever-expanding vision of The Jamaica Observer’s Lifestyle & Features Editor, Novia McDonald-Whyte. These awards are a welcome addition to T&T as they will raise the bar for the entire food industry whilst celebrating the achievements of our local chefs and restaurants.
We were thrilled to serve on this year’s judging panel, tasting and sipping at dining establishments around Trinidad & Tobago with our fellow award judges.
Over the last seven weeks, Table Talk judges tasted countless dishes from nominees in nearly 10 award categories, with the Chef of the Year tastings being the absolute highlight as we did these tastings as a group.
And without further adieu, the complete list of the 2013 Table Talk Food Awards T&T winners:
Restaurant of the Year: BUZO OSTERIA ITALIANA (Port of Spain, Trindad)
Chef of the Year: RAYMOND JOSEPH (Executive Chef, Courtyard Marriott Trinidad and Team Captain for the Trinidad & Tobago National Culinary Team)
Scotiabank Award for Lifetime Achievement: CHEF JOE BROWN
Food Personality of the Year: DUANE DOVE (Tobago Cocoa Estate)
Best Bar Experience: DREAM ULTRA LOUNGE & BAR (San Fernando, Trindad)
Best Wine Experience: BUZO OSTERIA ITALIANA (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Best Food Styling: CHAUD RESTAURANT (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Best Service: BUZO OSTERIA ITALIANA (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Best Decor: BUZO OSTERIA ITALIANA (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Best Lunch Value: KARIWAK VILLAGE (Crown Point, Tobago)
Best Dinner Value: ZAZOU BISTRO MODERNE (St. Ann’s, Trinidad)
Best Sunday Brunch: THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT at the Hyatt Regency (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Best Coffee Shop/Pastry/Dessert: ADAM’S BAGELS (Maraval, Trinidad)
Best Original Bacardi Mojito Experience: THE RISE RESTAURANT & BAR (Chaguanas, Trinidad)
Digicel People’s Choice Award for Best Street Food: ‘D’ GREEN SHED (Debe, Trinidad)
The Chairman’s Award: BERMUDEZ BISCUIT COMPANY LIMITED