Press Release:– Saint Lucia’s culinary attraction has been showcased on primetime television in the United States. NBC6, Miami’s “In the Mix” program featured Saint Lucian-born Chef, Shorne Benjamin, joining host, Johanna Gomez live to prepare one of the island’s signature dishes – green fig salad.
Gomez was invited to assist in preparing the exotic, yet simple dish, with cooked green bananas, mixed vegetables and avocadoes, accented with stewed salt fish, peppers and onions, all mixed together to create the dish. Chef Benjamin also served up a creative golden brown mango bread that was all the rave.
Commenting on Chef Benjamin’s culinary dexterity, Gomez said, “That’s something that people can experience when they go to Saint Lucia, something that’s different from our regular mac and cheese.”
Speaking about the exposure for Saint Lucia on primetime US television, Director of Marketing – USA, Kelly Fontenelle stated, “This was a great opportunity to showcase Saint Lucia’s culinary excellence. Since Food & Rum there has been a lot of interest in Saint Lucia’s Culinary offering and that was great way to introduce it to the South Florida audience. As we continue to market the diversity of the island, specials like these provide potential visitors a unique insight in the beauty that is Saint Lucia.”
Saint Lucia is quickly growing in renown for its cuisine and culinary charm the world over. Just last month, the island’s culinary team copped nine awards at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Taste of The Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami, Florida, including Gold for Best Vodka Cocktail. The eight Saint Lucian chefs competed against chefs from fifteen other countries.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is working assiduously to fulfill its mandate to promote the sustainable growth and development of the island’s tourism industry. Saint Lucia has been prominently featured on NBC Miami taking over their website last February with the annual Ultimate Honeymoon promotion.