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Top Minority Chefs Come Together to Share Culinary Talents in the BVI

12 May 2017
Top Minority Chefs Come Together to Share Culinary Talents in the BVI
Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI) is set to become a culinary think tank on May 18-22 with the introduction of the first-ever Minority Chef Summit in the BVI

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, May 11, 2017 – Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI) is set to become a culinary think tank on May 18-22 with the introduction of the first-ever Minority Chef Summit in the BVI. This four-day event organized by dynamic husband and wife culinary duo, Chefs Neil & Erika Cline, will showcase the talent and creativity of some of the leading professionals in the food and beverage industry worldwide. Slated to be held at various locations throughout the BVI and headquartered at the BVI’s International Arbitration Centre, the summit will be a think tank for the 22 international chefs and 20 local (BVI) chefs.

Chef Erika Cline, Chocolatier and Creative Director for Bleu Chocolat in Tortola, BVI, and a highly celebrated chef within the culinary field founded the Minority Chef Summit. Having been in the chocolate-making industry for over 28 years, and recognized as one of the United States’ top chefs, she has received many note-worthy commendations, which include:

  • First black woman to receive Detroit’s Chef of the Month
  • Featured in countless culinary magazines and invitational culinary events
  • One of the first chefs to appear on “Top Chef Just Desserts” by Bravo
  • One of the new faces of “Sunday Dinner” with Publix Grocery Stores in five U.S. states. 
  • Chocolatier Ambassador of Cocoa Barry Chocolates

Co-organizer Chef Neil D. Cline, of Vibes Hospitality Ltd. and the Director of H. Lavitity Stoutt Community College Culinary Centre, believes in culinary education and giving future culinarians the foundation to be successful in the Caribbean culinary industry.  Neil has his Masters in Hospitality Management from The Baltimore International College, and for the last 24 years he has been an educator in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.   As the Chef and Owner of De Loose Mongoose Restaurant and Beef Island Guesthouse, every season, Chef Neil rolls out with a new exciting menu along with great live entertainment that brings in guests from all over the world.   Chef Cline has a full plate as an educator, restaurateur, and consultant.

The Clines expressed their excitement at hosting these 22 distinguished chefs in the British Virgin Islands for the summit.

 

The guest chefs include:

  • Chef Tiffany Derry, a celebrity chef of Top Chef, Bar Rescue and winner of Cutthroat Kitchen
  • Chef Theresa Nelson, founder of Blackculinaryhistory.com of New York City
  • Chef Irie, celebrity private chef to the stars and host of Taste the Islands a culinary entertainment show on national television
  • Chef Roshni, winner of Chopped and cheftant of Hell’s Kitchen
  • Chef Kevin Sbraga, winner of Top Chef season 6 and owner of Sbraga restaurant in Philadelphia

The Minority Chef Summit 2017 has been made possible through the assistance and support of Vibes Hospitality Ltd., Supa Valu, Guana Island, James Beard Foundation, DHL, EMCs, Mine Shaft Restaurant and The BVI Tourism Board.


Contact: Chef Erika and Neil Cline

Tel: 284 346 7669

Cell: 284 442 5205

Email: culinarywonders.edd@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MinorityChefSummit2012