In the spirit of Hospitality Month in April, Plates of Passion
shines a spotlight on Bermuda’s culinary visionaries, while
raising funds for the next generation of local chefs and the
hospitality industry in general. The one-of-a-kind event pairs
ten of Bermuda’s top chefs with Bermuda College culinary
students to create a memorable dining experience. From
canapés to a four-course meal, every team is challenged to
use the same key ingredients to create an innovative menu
for each course.
The sold-out event takes place each year at Bermuda
College, where the cafeteria is transformed into an elegant
dining room. Each of 10 seats at the table is served a menu
prepared by a different chef’s team, with every course paired
with a matching wine. At this year’s event, guests were entertained during the cocktail hour by the Simons Brothers, a trio
of brothers aged 9, 13 and 15. Plates of Passion sees $7,000
donated to Bermuda College each year for a scholarship.
Next year’s Plates of Passion will take place in May 2016.
The Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club officially opened its new
signature restaurant Marcus’ this past spring, managed by celebrity chef
The restaurant features a vibrant menu handcrafted by chef Marcus
that celebrates Bermudian culture and is executed by executive chef
Leonardo Marino, hailing from Samuelsson’s acclaimed Red Rooster
Harlem in New York City. The menu includes grilled options from the
wood-burning grill as well as a raw menu and eclectic dishes such as
Fish Chowder Bites; Fried Chicken and Waffles; and Lobster Cocktail
with Warm Cheese Puffs.
With sweeping views of Hamilton Harbour, the restaurant is designed
with a vintage theme that combines anisland feel with a twist of Marcus
Samuelsson’s urban style. Personal art chosen by the owners, the Green
family, is on display throughout the restaurant, including art by Andy
Warhol, Nelson Mandela, Shepard Fairey, Speedy Graphito, Zeus and
Wang Guangyi. There also are various pictures and artefacts provided by
Bermuda’s legendary diver, the late Teddy Tucker.
Bermuda’s chefs celebrated local food culture with local
food lovers in a feast for the senses at the annual City Food
Festival in April.
The week-long event presented a smorgasbord of cooking styles, flavours and excitement. The heat was turned up
for Bermuda’s novice chefs and seasoned professionals who
went head-to-head in a three-night Chef’s Competition. The
high energy cook-off boiled over with excitement as Boyet
Katigbak from Chop Fusion Restaurant took the winner’s
title, highlighting his Filipino cuisine.
A street festival food court in City Hall Car Park tempted
taste buds with 25 local restaurants showcasing their new
seasonal menus and locals taking best-in-show for their Bermudian delights like Nakia Smith for her fish chowder, Quinn
White for her loquat recipes and Kurt Ming for rum swizzle.
City Food Festival is a mainstay on the annual social
calendar and we’re already salivating over the year to come.
Next year’s Bermuda Food Festival 2016 will take place April
City Food Festival
Plates of Passion