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Foodies For Fashion!

Red Stripe Activations Executive Anjelica Anthony (left) and Red Stripe Commercial Planning Manager Teika Samuda took style cues from the romper/tennis dress trend. (Kenyon Hemans)

The 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards was held last Thursday in the formal gardens of the iconic Devon House. Guests not only came out to celebrate award-winning gastronomy and first-class service, but they also stepped out to showcase their varied fashion sense. One thing’s ... Read More

A kiss to seal the deal. The newly-weds share a tender embrace.Yhomo Photography Vows - Happy Ever After
The gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel were transformed on Saturday, April 2 into serene surroundi ... Read More

Global Directories Marketing Manager, Communications Tshani Jaja (left) and her mother, certified management consultant Dr Nsombi Jaja An Award-winning Affair
The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, now 18, is all grown up. The conversation has expanded ... Read More

Epidendrums SO Gardening — May 29
Dear Orchid Doc: I water three times per week with 20/20/20, but my orchids are still not thriving ... Read More

Talented hands

Saturday, May 28, 2016    

Rihanna’s slightly parted bang made quite the statement on the red
carpet at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Steve Granitz). At right: Hairstylist Theresa Morgan-Byfield

You know you have a passion for hair when your friends come to school with one look and leave transformed! That’s the testament of Theresa Morgan-Byfield, a hairstylist with two decades under her belt. Morgan-Byfield says apart from when she’s with her family, the salon is where she is happiest, and describes the feeling of running her fingers through a client’s hair as therapeutic. The ultimate goal for this talented hairstylist is to one day open her own salon. But until then ... Read More

Lifetime Achievement

Friday, May 27, 2016    

Director of Tastee Patty Simone Chanpong collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award, held on the East Lawns of Devon House in Kingston. The Tastee Patty empire was founded in 1966, with its first location in Union Square, Cross Roads, Kingston 5.Joseph Wellington

Director of Tastee Patty Simone Chanpong collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award, held on the East Lawns of Devon House in Kingston. The Tastee Patty empire was founded in 1966, with its first location in Union Square, Cross Roads, Kingston 5. Read More

Chairman’s Award

Friday, May 27, 2016    

Proud owners of Stush in the Bush, Chris Binns (right) and his lovely wife Lisa collect the Chairman’s Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held at Devon House in Kingston. Stush in the Bush, which was started five years ago, has become a popular place for families. The Free Hill, St Ann company uses products from their organic farm for the dining experience.Photo: Joseph Wellington

Proud owners of Stush in the Bush, Chris Binns (right) and his lovely wife Lisa collect the Chairman’s Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held at Devon House in Kingston. Stush in the Bush, which was started five years ago, has become a popular place for families. The Free Hill, St Ann company uses products from their organic farm for the dining experience. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Read More

Fusion Nuit at Spanish Court

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Members of the dinner’s guest list — which was composed of judges, corporate sponsors, and international recording superstar Sean Paul — joined the <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>Table Talk Food Awards Chair Novia McDonald-Whyte (seated at centre), flanked by ZaZou Bistro Moderne executive chef/patron Pierre-Yves Le Bihan and his director wife Zanifa, for an ‘all together now’ photo call, inside Valencia T at the Spanish Court Hotel. Karl McLarty

With courses served on the left and wine pourings on the right, Spanish Court Hotel servers taxied the Franco-Asiatic-Caribbean cuisine of French-born, Trinidad-based executive chef Pierre-Yves Le Bihan, the patron of Port of Spain restaurant ZaZou Bistro Moderne to sequin-and-candle-topped grand table, in Valencia T, which was festively peopled with Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges, corporate sponsors, and members of the awards vehicle’s extended family. Chair Novia McDo ... Read More

Award-winning Cayman Brasserie Chef For Food Awards

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Artemio Lopez, sous-chef at The Brasserie, is one of a troika of chefs that lead the culinary adventures at the Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman Eatery

When The Best Dressed Chicken started its search for a regional chef to bring life to their “Culinary Destination” narrative for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, the compass pointed to the Cayman Islands and Artemio Lopez, sous-chef at The Brasserie. Lopez is one of a troika of chefs that lead the culinary adventures at the Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman eatery which won the awards for Best Restaurant, Best Farm to Table and Best Place for Lunch in the inaugural Cayman Editio ... Read More

The Best Dressed Chicken Set To Excite With First-Class ‘Culinary Destination’ At Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Fired up! Master Chefs (from left:) Daniel Schweizer, executive chef, Goddard Catering Group; Stephen Sowa, executive chef, Half Moon; Ravi Anne, group executive chef, Jewels Resorts, and Michael Dannecker, executive chef, Hilton Rose Hall and Spa, are ready to take guests on a gastronomic adventure.

The Best Dressed Chicken has recruited four of Jamaica’s leading chefs to tantalise the taste buds this evening at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. The quartet of accomplished chefs: Ravi Anne, group executive chef, Jewels Resorts; Michael Dannecker, executive chef, Hilton Rose Hall and Spa; Stephen Sowa, executive chef, Half Moon; and Daniel Schweizer, executive chef, Goddard Catering Group, may compete on the occasional basis, but this time around they have joined forces to ... Read More

Table Talk Food Awards Tonight!

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, May 26, 2016    

The Jamaica Observer has been officially celebrating the pleasures of the table for 18 years. This year the Table Talk Food Awards judges kicked off the season of discovery, tasting and learning in February with a visit to a local surfers’ destination called Longboarder’s Bar & Grill. We have been plugging away at it almost non-stop weekly, some of us a few pounds heavier, visiting old and new food spots and trying new food products. Jamaican Favourites: One of the tasks this ... Read More

Making The Pitch!

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Judges, college students from the nation’s leading culinary institutions, and foodies alike assembled inside The Valencia Room at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday for rounds of presentations, critique and insight into the world of sustainable business practices for this edition of the Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar dubbed ‘The Pitch’. The participants, six entrepreneurs and nominees of the Best Product 2016 category for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards &mda ... Read More

Five Table Talk Food Awards scholarship recipients named

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Students of the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica’s Hospitality & Tourism Management listen attentively to each member of the Table Talk Food Awards Food scholarship selection panel as they congratulate them on their efforts thus far. From left: Damaine Beckford, Taneisha Wicombe, Kristin Mckenzie, Tracy Ann Wray and Shaniel Sherman.Antonio Graham

FIVE outstanding students from the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are this year’s beneficiaries of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards scholarships and bursary. With the awards now in its 18th year, the scholarship programme has grown from its initial offering of two scholarships valued at $250,000 to now being worth, cumulatively, over $1million. Adjudged on academic achievement and need, the five students were shor ... Read More

Vows May 23 - A Carnival Love story

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Like the lyrics of Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack’s Tonight I Celebrate My Love, Damian and LeToya did just that as they shared their first dance as husband and wife. (Courtney Chen)

A carnival love story was sealed on April 9, 2016 when Damian Boyne, software engineer at Ultimate Software, and LeToya Stairs, marketing consultant, vowed to spend the rest of their life together. The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was perfectly transformed by the wedding décor team at Petals and Promises, using a colour scheme of champagne, gold, cream, oak and garden green to complement the tropical elegance theme of the wedding. Vows takes you to the altar. How they ... Read More



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