Thursday, April 4, 2019

Events: The Winners of the 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge Are....

So many incredible Embassy Chefs gathered together in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this week to compete in the 11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA! Foodies from around the District got to sip and savor dishes from around the world! It was an incredible night filled with live music, delicious liquor, and unique spices! 

Chef Javon Cummings representing Barbados won the coveted first place “Golden Pineapple” in the Judges’ Choice category for his Guava Brûlée Pork Belly while Chef Dimitri Lilavois representing Haiti took home first place in the People’s Choice Award with his Surf and Turf Pumpkin Soup. YUM!! 

This is one of our favorite events in the District. We love having chefs from different nations come together to showcase all of their exceptional dishes from around the globe. My favorite dish was the incredible soup-like dessert made by the Sri Lanka Embassy Chefs and my favorite drink of the night was a spicy cucumber cocktail by the El Salvador Embassy Mixologists! What a great night. #ECC2019

The Judging Panel:

Executive Chef Xavier Deshayes, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 

Maria Godoy, Senior Editor, NPR Science Desk, and Host, The Salt 

Rose Previte, Owner, Maydan and Compass Rose 

Ashley Rose Young, Food Historian, Smithsonian National Museum of American History 

The Top Dishes: 

Judges’ Choice Podium 

Chef Javon Cummings, Barbados, Guava Brûlée Pork Belly 
Chef Anuradha Wijesinghe, Sri Lanka, Milk Rice with Onion Paste and Chicken Curry 
Chef Ron Johnson, Bahamas, Lobster and Coconut Soup with a Curry Cracker and Red Pepper Gel 

People’s Choice Podium 

Chef Dimitri Lilavois, Haiti, Surf and Turf Pumpkin Soup 
Chef Faycal Zahraoui, Morocco, Seafood Pastila with Smoked Potatoes 
Chef Dries Molkens, Belgium, 70% Cocoa Chocolate Desserts 

Best Beverage Award presented by PepsiCo 

Chef Francis Otoo of Ghana for his Ashantie Mule Cocktail 

Macy’s Best Dressed 

Tebabu Assefa was named the Macy’s Best Dressed for their cultural display. 

Embassy Chefs in Attendance Were Representing: 

The Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

It was such a fun night! Our favorite part of the night was enjoying all of the dishes around the different tables scattered around the event and talking with all of the amazing guests who attended. We can’t wait for next year! #ECC2019

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC). 

About TCMA (A Drew Company) 
TCMA is the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team excels in delivering unparalleled service and expertise in Real-Estate Development, Leasing, Building Operations, Hospitality Services, and International Trade Promotion. For more information, please visit

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