Taste of St. Maarten Competition where island chefs battle it out for the chance to represent the island at the Caribbean Hotels Association event in Miami. The aim of the Taste of SXM Competition is to encourage new and innovative ways of preparing dishes, showcase individual skills and provide exposure for local culinary professionals. Another purpose is to promote careers in the restaurant industry for the island’s youth so that by seeing what the industry has to offer, they might go on to emulate the professionals.
In June of 2005, a group of St. Maarten, St. Martin chefs boarded a flight to Miami, walked into the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition and fired up the burners. After three days of “cook-off” tastings they were the only team left standing. With an overall team gold, St. Maarten, St. Martin was, in its first attempt, officially the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.