Friday 29th April, 2005

 
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Entertainer David Baptiste is joined by Ruthven Adams, T&TEC AGM Administration, during his performance at Saturday’s Chefs Royal.
(Right)Wendy-Ann Pierre, right, is all smiles as she is served royal broiled grouper Filclet with a coconut oil-down sauce by super chef Debra Sardina-Metiver.

Looking the part, overall winner of this year’s Chefs Royal top chef Daniel Fuller (second from right) serves a guest his Mexican chicken enchiladas with his son Bryce Fuller beside him.

Photo: Nicole Orr

Mexican chicken enchiladas, prepared by Queen’s Royal College past student Daniel Fuller, took top honours at Saturday’s Chefs Royal, held by the QRC Old Boys’ Association at the St Clair College. This tenth edition of the annual fund-raiser proved to be the most successful to date. Funds raised by the venture, supported by over 1,000 diners, are to be used to augment costs for repairs to the century-old school.

Over 100 chefs set up cooking stations on the college grounds, and within two hours there was hardly a dish available. The fare ranged from an assortment of meats to seafood prepared in a dizzying array of gourmet splendour. Lending support to the cooking QRC old boys were contingents of the past students of Bishop Anstey High School, St Joseph’s Convent, St Mary’s College and Fatima College, and chefs from the Rotary Club and Soroptimist Club of Port-of-Spain.

Also on the cooking line was past T&T culinary team manager Debra Sardinha-Metivier.

Expressing satisfaction with Saturday’s event was OBA member Patrick Rabathaly of the Industrial Court. He was particularly pleased with the live performances of guest artistes David Baptiste and B-Sharp and Wendy Ann Frazier. Radio personality Winston Maynard served as the evening’s host.

As expected, the “fatigue” was alive and constant between the chefs of the different schools, with St Mary’s Roderick Ward and Keith Greaves, aided and abetted by Fatima’s Ken Ramdoo on one side, ribbing government minister Eric Williams and fellow QRC old boy Zaffar Khan, Robert Mayers, Saran Singh, Kabir Hosein, and Major Anthony Whitehall, “refereed” by retired army brigadier Carl Alfonso.

Playing a significant role behind the success of the event were the sponsors and contributors, inclusive of National Flour Mills, UK Women’s Club, Carib Brewery, Hadco, Haagen Dazs Rafters, Angostura and Dune Ali.

Moving up with the Phlo

COME Monday, the Mas Camp Entertainment Centre will premiere yet another aspect of its live entertainment schedule. Known as the mecca of calypso in the Caribbean, the Woodbrook showplace will widen its options by presenting H2O Phlo and 3Canal in concert. Billed as Let’s go with the Phlo, showtime is scheduled for 8.30 pm, and there will be special prices on drinks. Two of the most dynamic male groups in the land, H2O Phlo and 3Canal are known to for their high-intensity performances and are perhaps the most fitting acts to usher in this new page in Mas Camp entertainment.

David Rudder accompanies Atlantik vocalist Destra in singing their C2K5 hit Laventille at the Lions Den, Antigua on Saturday night.

Atlantik sails to Belgium

Big things are on the drawing board for super band Atlantik. Managed by Cliff Harris, and featuring soca diva Destra and tattooed, bald-pated Burton Toney, the band has been making waves across the Caribbean and North America since C2K5.

Atlantik returned home this week from outstanding performances in Antigua and Dominica and is booked to open for Jah Rule in St Marten tonight at one of the headlined events for St Marten Carnival.

Performing with Destra and Atlantik in Antigua at Carifete 2K5 was soca superstar David Rudder.

This soca dancer turned heads at the Lions Den in Antigua on Saturday night, at Carifete 2K5.

Photos: David Wears

Rikki motors to the top

WHAT do Rikki Jai and Paula Abdul have in common? Give up? They are two of the internationally acclaimed guest performers billed to appear at tomorrow’s Bollywood Awards, scheduled for the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

Joining Abdul and the T&T chutney monarch at the Mark Getess Arena will be Indian megastars Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Fardeen Khan, Bhumika Chawla, Shammi Kapoor, Yash Chopra, Vyjayantimala Raghav, Tata Young, Akshay Kapoor, and Miss Universe Lara Dutta.

Buy the savannah

Undercover Posse, one of the most lively crews annually at Panorama, is in search of people who still have local “Monopoly” game Buy the Savannah. This exciting board game was created back in the ‘80s by Jerry Besson and Sue Ann Young (nee Gomes), and Undercover is planning to host a Buy the Savannah “gaming evening,” for fans of the game.

Prizes, sponsored by Besson, will be up for grabs. Anyone interested can contact Michelle Borde ([email protected]) or Pulse.

St James students give back

Last year’s reunion is still a talking point and this year’s function is already being anticipated to be the even better. Giving Back is the theme chosen for the May 15 past pupils reunion of St James Government Secondary School students, at the penthouse of Algico Plaza Penthouse, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.

The contribution for dinner, entertainment and a fun time is just $125.

Information can be obtained by calling past student Ingrid Granger at 682-3907.

Liming on the rise

One sure sign that the country is experiencing a boom period is the proliferation of liming spots nationwide. This week sees the opening of two new watering holes in the north.

Yesterday evening The Sky Lounge, located opposite Republic Bank on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook had its media opening. This evening sees the launch of Stag Atlantis Fridays, at Lair Experience, Third Avenue, Barataria. Billed to perform are calypsonians Baron, Scrunter and Skatie, and comedians Clifford Learmond and Louis Antoine.

Next month, a third new showplace is also due for its launch. Located at the corner of Duncan and Queen Streets in Port-of-Spain, the Asylum Bar is promising some of the best performers in the land, including ace pannist Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Roy Cape All Stars’ Blaxx and Derrick Seales.

 

 

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