Congratulations to the Top Yacht Chefs, cocktail alchemists, yachts and crews who comprise the 2019 USVI Charter Show competition winners. We send thanks to everyone involved for taking their time and talents to this important yearly event in the US Virgin Islands. Having great food and beverages on your vacation are important to your enjoyment.
Coordinator, judge and author of five Ship to Shore Cookbooks , Jan Robinson was joined by three fellow culinary judges, all from 5-star restaurants in St. Thomas. The pantheon included Chef Karri Foster from Azul Café, Chef David Benjamin (aka Chef Benji) from Blue 11, and Chef Kirsty Llewellyn from the Salt and Vinegar Bistro.
Captain Jan Robinson advised participating chefs when he/she can expect the judges to visit his/her boat. Judges are prompt.
Chefs are expected to prepare 2 dishes – one for tasting (and 4 forks, please), and the other for photography purposes.
Preparation should be done by the Cook/Chef as representative of a dish they would serve on charter.
Below is a list of winners by category. They represent the many chefs, crew and boats that will dazzle your palette and your senses on the very special vacation choice that is a yacht charter.
1st Place for Entrée and Dessert
AMAZING GRACE, 2015 Royal Cape 53’ Catamaran
Sleeps 8 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s)
Best Captain Morgan Cocktail
COLUMBIA, 2014 Custom 141’ Classic Sailing Yacht
Sleeps 12 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Single(s), 2 Pullman
Best Stoli Cocktail
CATATONIC 500, 2011 Lagoon 51’ Catamaran
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s)
Best Themed Yacht, Best in Show (56’ to 65’) & 3rd Place for Dessert
BLUE PEPPER, 2018 Fontaine-Pajot 60’ Catamaran
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s)