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Puerto Rico brings home culinary glory at Taste of the Caribbean


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Over 10 teams from across the Caribbean competed at the five-day event in Miami: Taste of the Caribbean, one of the most important culinary competitions in the Caribbean! The Puerto Rico National Culinary Team, defending champions from 2012, brought home another impressive collection of medals and awards, once again showcasing our culinary traditions and excellence. Way to make Puerto Rico proud!

Although this year’s championship title went to Barbados, Puerto Rico received several medals and high honors such as Caribbean Bartender of the YearBest Rum Drink, and Taste of the Island’s People’s Choice Award.

If you ever doubted that Puerto Rico’s food and drink was anything other than out-of-this-world, check out the below list for all the amazing categories Puerto Rico’s National Culinary team excelled in:

Caribbean Bartender Medals

  • Winner and Gold Medal – Roberto Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

Caribbean National Medals

  • Silver Medal – Puerto Rico

Caribbean Chef Medals

  • Silver Medal – Joel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

Individual Competitions (Seafood Competition)

  • Bronze Medal – Joel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

Caribbean Pastry Chef Medals

  • Silver Medal – Pablo Colon (Puerto Rico)

Certified Angus Beef Competition

  • Bronze Medal – Angel Santiago (Puerto Rico)

Rums of PR Mystery Basket Competition

  • Winner and Gold Medal – Puerto Rico

Cheescake Competition

  • Gold Medal – Pablo Colon (Puerto Rico)

Taste of the Islands People’s Choice

  • Winner – Puerto Rico

Best Rum Drink

  • Puerto Rico

Best Non-alcoholic Drink

  • Puerto Rico


Mikol Hoffman, manager of Puerto Rico’s *original* culinary tour company Flavors of San Juan Food & Culture Tours. Contact info: info@flavorsofsanjuan.com 

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