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S P E C I A L F E A T U R E
Junior Wine Sommelier
During dinner, guests happily devoured a four-course
meal prepared by the Divi Resorts culinary team under
the direction of Executive Chef Gerard Coste. Each
course was paired with wine by young, up-and-coming
wine professionals competing during the event for the
honor of Junior Wine Sommelier. Representing Pepia
Est. was Jimmy Koopman. ArionWine Company fielded
Reinier Maduro, and Fernanda Jimenez represented
Romar Trading. Wine expert Franz Sydow judged the
competitors’ pairing creativity, ultimately finding the
pairings of Jimmy Koopman with Pepia Est. as the best
overall.
And Aruba’s newest
Iron Chef is...
Tasked with creating three courses with mystery basket
ingredients that included leaves from the local moringa
tree, cape gooseberries, black quinoa, kimchi, lamb
sirloin, local pumpkin, figs, wonton wrappers, and local
basil, among other challenging ingredients, Chef Teddy
Bouroncle from the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris
Casino, assisted by apprentices Danvid Webb and Brian
Martinez, wowed judges Jeff Lesker (seasoned hotelier
and current general manager of the Hilton El San Juan
Resort in Puerto Rico), Joyce Hüsken (chef and owner of
Yemanja Woodfired Grill in Aruba), and guest celebrity
chef Ruth Van Waerebeek (brand ambassador and house
chef for Chile’s famed Concha y Toro Winery).
Iron Chef Aruba was graciously co-sponsored by the Aruba
Tourism Authority, Divi Resorts, Alhambra Casino & Shops,
ASD Aruba Hotel & Restaurant Equipment Supplies, Romar
Trading, Arion Wine Company, Pepia Est., U.S. Meat
Export Federation, Gandelman, Ling & Sons, and Caribbean
Overseas.
Iron Chef Aruba 2015Winner
Executive Chef Teddy Bouroncle from
the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Junior Wine Sommelier Winner
Jimmy Koopman with Pepia Est.
Bartenders’ Brawl Winner
Danny van der Linden with Hollywood
Smokehouse (representing Pepia Est.)