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TCI: Cocoa Lumps, Fish & Grits, Stew conch & dough, Oxtail and Tropical conch salad to be prepared in Singapore by MasterChef Nik

Nikita Skippings

#Providenciales, April 14, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – When the World Gourmet Summit officially opens in Singapore next week, a team from the Turks and Caicos Islands will be there… and a listed as among the MasterChefs is the TCI’s own, Nikita Skippings, aka Chef Nik.

The World Gourmet Summit website says this about Chef Nik: “Chef Nikita O’Neil Skippings, a talented native of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is always bursting with enthusiasm and energy for cooking. He’s the star of the Crackpot Kitchen Cooking Show, with Season 3 expected to air in the summer of 2019. Possessing a passion for food and cooking, Chef Skippings began his cooking career years ago starting his apprenticeship with his father, a well-known chef and the owner of “Smokey’s Restaurant” in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”


Chef Nik is also the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Culinary Ambassador and will be joined by other shining stars: the 2017 Junior Chef of the Year for the Caribbean, RobinAngel Simons and TCI Community College stand-out student, Kevin Misick.  

Chef Chris Meredith of Grace Bay Resorts and Chef Lorraine Kenlock, owner of Frenz Deck (the only farm to table dining experience in Providenciales) are also a part of the culinary team.

And this team will not forsake the Turks and Caicos just because they are travelling all the way to Asia; the menu is as indigenous as they are…

First Course: Tropical Scorch Conch Shooters

Second Course:  Stew Oxtail with Butterbeans

Third Course: Bahamian/Turks Island Conch Stew with Dough

Fourth Course: Turks Island Fish & Grits

Floater: Caicos Island National Fritters (Fish, Conch & Lobster)

And for Dessert:  Cocoa Lumps.

The Gourmet Summit opens on April 22, 2019; the Turks and Caicos team and supporters leaves two days before.

The World Gourmet Summit is promoting Chef Nik as an international MasterChef, who is being hosted with his ‘International Twist to Authentic Turks Island and Caribbean Dishes’ menu at the elegant Blue Lotus Kitchen Bar at the Alexandra; and this is not the Grace Bay Alexandra.  Instead, you can find the Blue Lotus restaurant at 991B Alexandra Road, #01-10, in Singapore.

On Monday, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, the TCI Tourist Board and the organizers of the Caribbean Wine and Food Festival (Wine Cellar and Grace Bay Resorts) endorsed the team, touted the prestige of the TCI’s invitation to showcase at the world largest fine food event and pre-tasted the menu of the MasterChef candidate, at his restaurant, Crack Pot Kitchen at Ports of Call, Grace Bay.




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