Chef Jason Peru

Judges, from left, Chef Jason Peru, Chef Hannah Marie Maloney, Chef Chelsea Marie Lee Kong and John Rojas.

Munchies Bistro and the Pallet emerged as champions in the Professional and Individual Team categories respectively, at the Fourth Edition of the Angostura® Bitter Rivals competition held on November 24 at the Anchorage in Chaguaramas.

The fierce competition challenged each competing team to prepare either a meat or seafood dish and a cocktail, all showcasing the versatility of ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange bitters. Competitors were judged on taste, originality, presentation and the creative use of both ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange bitters.

“There was a special twist this year,” says Vitra Deonarine, marketing manager—International Sales & Marketing, “We asked our competitors to also demonstrate their creative use of ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange bitters in a mystery basket segment.”

Four teams competed in each category at the competition, which was hosted by Ryan Jaggasar. The top-notch team of judges included The Original Bubbling Chef Jason Peru; John Rojas of Palatable Pleasures; Chef Chelsae Marie Lee Kong of Propa Eats; and Chef Hannah Marie Maloney of Chef Made. As individual winners The Pallet took home a Grand Prize of $7,000, while the winning professional team, Munchies Bistro, won $10,000 of which $5,000 goes towards the charity of their choice.

Elle TT Dance Company, Phil Carter and Music Manzion provided entertainment throughout the day, as patrons enjoyed food and drink on sale from a wide array of vendors on site. A cooking demonstration by Chef Jodie Eversley showcased Angostura ® bitters in food.

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