On Wednesday, October 24, Marriott International recognized the creative brilliance of Sherene Hutchinson of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and Jonathan Martin Miller of The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, as 2018’s Masters of the Craft. The two emerged victorious in the final round of the ultimate continent-wide culinary and beverage competition, designed to discover and showcase some of Marriott’s best talent behind its restaurants and bars across North, South and Central America. With its emphasis on developing and promoting culinary talent, Masters of the Craft supports the company’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360, and its commitment to Empower Through Opportunity.
Over the past six months, more than 2,200 employees from 280 Marriott International properties, across all levels of experience and expertise, competed to prove their prowess through quick-fire cooking and bartending challenges. Modeled after Food Network’s hit show, “Chopped,” contestants were presented with a mystery seasonal ingredient during each phase of the competition, which then had to be featured in a signature dish or cocktail within a set time limit.