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Equipo Nacional Culinario de Puerto Rico



2014 Puerto Rico National Culinary Team Members

Presented by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association



National Culinary Team 2015
Johnathan Hernández, The Ritz Carlton San Juan Hotel Spa & Casino
Gerardo V. Lugo, Escuela Hotelera de San Juan
Suzette N. Díaz, Escuela Hotelera de San Juan (Junior Chef)
Alberto Febo, El Conquistador Beach Resort  (Pastry Chef)


Bartender
 TBA


Coach
Elvin Rosado, UPR Carolina 

In 1995, the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association (PRHTA) created the Puerto Rico National Culinary Team for the following purposes:
 
  • to enhance the local culinary profession
  • to give educational opportunities and recognition to our chefs
  • to benefit the tourism industry by having a culinary team represent  Puerto Rico in international
  •  competitions      
  • to promote Puerto Rico as the premier gastronomic destination in the Caribbean.
 Puerto Rico National Culinary Team Achievements 2014
 The team competed against representatives from nine participating island: Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Suriname and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Also, Puerto Rico's team comprised of five chefs and a barman, were the winners of the People's Choice at Taste of the Island where they impressed the most critical judges. During this part of the competition, Two-time Team Coach Elvin Rosado and Chefs Raul Correa and Luis Castillo, Pastry Chef Mizraim Melendez and Barman Jose Franceschi delighted the spectators with their Puerto Rican Kiosk.

Team member who won medals are: Gold Medal/ Pastry Chef of the Year – Mizraim Melendez ,  Gold Medal/Cheese Cake Competition - Mizraim Melendez, Silver Medal/ Chef of the Year – Raul Correa- Team Captain, Silver Medal/ Junior Chef of the Year - Christopher Vega,  Silver Medal/ Meat Competition - Luis Castillo, Silver Medal/ Seafood Competition – Luis Castillo, Bronze Medal/Bartender of the Year – Jose Franceschi.

Click Here  - Puerto Rico National Culinary Team Achievements 1995-2014