BVI Wine & Food Festival Featured Chefs

François Payard
payardFrançois Payard is a third generation French Pastry Chef born in Nice on July 16th, 1966. François cultivated his passion for the art of Pastry as a child in his grandfather’s acclaimed shop, Au Nid des Friandises on the Riviera. He grew up surrounded by delicious, classic French pastries, a tradition carried on by his parents and grandparents for over fifty years. Read More

Cesare Casella
cesareChef Cesare Casella is best known as the chef with the rosemary. He is rarely without a small bouquet springing from his jacket pocket, a signature that represents his dedication to fresh ingredients, his herb-inflected cuisine and his childhood in the Tuscan countryside where rosemary grew wild and his family ran a small trattoria, Vipore, outside of Lucca. Read More

Jennifer Carroll
carrollChef Jennifer Carroll was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. After spending time in San Francisco as the sous chef at Café Kati and Julia, her aspiration to work in one of the best and most disciplined kitchens in the world led her to work at the prestigious 3 Michelin starred Le Bernardin. Read More

Ron Duprat
carrollA native of Haiti, Chef Duprat developed his love of culinary arts as a young child during his time spent harvesting fresh ingredients from the land his family farmed and watching these ingredients be transformed into family feasts. Read More


BVI Wine & Food Festival Host Chef

Davide Pugliese
puglieseChef Davide Pugliese is Executive Chef at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina as well as the Host Chef for the 2013 BVI Wine & Food Festival. Well traveled and well seasoned, Davide Pugliese is a chef who gets involved with food, friends and life with equal amounts of passion. Born in Torino and raised in Firenze, Italy, Davide was weaned on his mother’s distinctive Northern Italian cooking. Learning the secret to fragrant and flavorsome dishes from his Mama’s kitchen, he brags that it was the best culinary school in the world. Read More

BVI Wine & Food Festival Featured Chefs of the BVI

Travis Phillips of The Dove Restaurant
philipsChef Travis Phillips hails from Peterborough, Canada and trained in New York City at esteemed restaurants Tocqueville and Sumile. Travis came to the British Virgin Islands 8 years ago, and took over as Chef at the Dove Restaurant in 2008. Travis’ intelligent menus and sharp culinary skills have made the Dove Restaurant one of the top rated restaurants in the Caribbean. Read More
Imran Ashton, Chef & Owner Plumrose Restaurant
ashton Imran began cooking at his mother side Angella Todman as a youngster for years. He did his formal training at the New England Culinary Institute while working at some of the finest restaurants in the BVI. Imran has worked in reputable restaurants throughout the Caribbean and London most famously The River Café, as a Sous Chef. Imran has also trained with the BVI National Culinary Team while winning numerous awards and accolades along the way. Read More
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