By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The third annual Grill Masters Challenge was held on Saturday by Benny’s and the grand prize winner walked away with a chest freezer fully stocked with prime cut meats from Running W as well as gift baskets from Grace and Bowen & Bowen.
Calbert Santiago, a chef at the Jaguar Paw outpost restaurant, edged out two former champions in the competition to claim the title of Grand Grill Master 2014. Second place went to John “Trey” Roberson, the competition’s first ever winner and third place to last year’s winner Ernest Bradley.
The “grill-off” featured six participants, some of whom have made careers out of cooking and others who cook only occasionally. The grillers were given select cuts of meat to prepare, including lamb ribs, pork chops and beef picanha. Contestants infused a range of ingredients, including a barbeque sauce made with mango and a beef prepared in chocolate stout.
Benny’s Human Resource Manager, Katherine Meighan explained that the competition is a form of fund-raising and the proceeds of the day’s sales go toward the Belize City branch of the National Sailing Association. Meighan added that none of the contestants go home empty handed and each contestant is given a gift-basket and a certificate.
Contestants were judges on cook time, presentation, taste and tenderness. Running W, Bowen & Bowen, Grace and Santiago Castillo are the events’ sponsors.