Pick De Dish – The National Food & Rum Competition


The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (The BTMI) will be hosting Pick De Dish – The National Food and Rum Competition from January to November, 2020. As a part of the We Gatherin’ Barbados 2020 celebrations, the BTMI will be hosting a series of pop-up Food and Rum events throughout the year – one per parish each month – where the cook-off elements of the competition will be executed.

This competition is a community initiative geared at allowing the most lauded cooks in the community of each parish to compete in a ‘cook off’ for the best pork and fish dish, served with sweet potato, as they vie for attractive prizes. The parish based cook offs will then culminate with a national event where the winning chefs from each Parish Competition will be given the chance to compete for the grand prize at the National Competition in November 2020.

In an effort to support local farmers in the respective communities, as well as those in the fishing industry, the competition will require the participating community members to enter a pork or fish dish, which must be served with sweet potato in any variation.


(1) Enter Pick De Dish

Pick De Dish is seeking to find those hidden talented cooks in the community! The BTMI invites the community members of each parish to create their version of the best Barbadian influenced dish featuring pork or fish that include sweet potato in any variation.

How to enter?

1. Visit www.pickdedish.com OR any of the advertised sign up locations

2. Submit your name, contact details, your parish and whether your signature dish includes pork or fish.

Applicants must habitually live within the parish that he/she is representing and may be required to provide proof of residence.

The finalists for the Live Cook Off will be selected via a random draw, with a maximum number of six (6) cooks becoming parish finalists – three (3) pork and three (3) fish.


(2) Parish Competition - Live Cook-Off

The Live Cook Off will take place during the scheduled monthly pop ups in each parish, based on the month being featured on the We Gatherin’ calendar. The Live Cook Off will showcase the top six (6) cooks who will compete against each other. The cooks will be allotted an hour for prep, and another hour for cooking of the pork and fish dishes, which must include sweet potatoes. The dishes will be judged by a panel of judges. The judges’ decision is final.

All successful applicants are required to be in possession of a valid certificate of good health (Food Handling Certificate) from a registered medical practitioner.

Prior the Live Cook-Off, all parish finalists will be required to attend a short briefing sessions with regards to the conduct of the competition.


(3) National Competition - National Live Cook-Off

The winners from each of the eleven (11) parishes will “face-off” in a National Competition in November 2020 in order to determine the overall winners for the best pork and fish dishes.



Terms & Conditions – Pick De Dish – The National Food & Rum Competition

1. What is this promotion about?


Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) will be hosting Pick De Dish – The National Food and Rum Competition from January to November, 2020. As a part of the We Gatherin’ Barbados 2020 celebrations, the BTMI will be hosting a series of pop-ups throughout the year – one per parish each month – where the cook-off elements of the competition will be executed.

This competition is a community initiative geared at allowing the most lauded chefs in the community in each parish to compete in ‘cook-off’ for the best pork and fish dish, served with sweet potato as they vie for an attractive prizes. The parish based cook offs will then culminate with a national event where the winning chefs from each Parish Competition will be given the chance to compete for the grand prize at the National Competition in November 2020.

In an effort to support local farmers in the respective communities, as well as those in the fishing industry, the competition will require the participating community members to enter a Pork or Fish dish, which must be served with sweet potato in any variation


2. How long will this promotion run for?

This competition will run from January 2020 to November 2020.


3. Who is eligible for this promotion?

·        This contest is open to persons who are residents of Barbados habitually reside within the parish that they are representing. Applicants may be required to provide proof of residence within the parish.

4. Winning Contestants

·        The winner of the pork and fish dishes for each parish will be chosen by a panel of judges during the Live Cook Offs in each parish. The winners from each parish will be entered into the final round of competition - the National Cook Off Competition to be held in November 2020.

·        The Parish Live Cook Off winners and finalists will receive:


·        The National Cook Off Competition winners and finalists will receive:


3. Who is NOT eligible for this promotion?

Persons in any of the following categories are NOT eligible to participate or win prizes:

·        Any person who at any time on or after May 1, 2017 was or is a director, officer, employee, agent of BTMI or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, or affiliated companies, franchisees or service agencies or independent contractors or suppliers of services to BTMI.

·        Individuals engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for the Promotion (collectively the Promotion Entities).

·        Persons who are, or purport to be, immediate family members (defined as biological parent, step-mother, step-father, sister, brother, daughter, son or dependent or spouse of any of the foregoing of any person in any of the preceding categories, regardless of where they live, or who reside in the same household (i.e. who have lived in the same household for at least three (3) of the twelve (12) months preceding the start of the Promotion Period, whether related or not, as any person in any of the preceding categories.

·        Promotion Terms and Conditions contractors or suppliers of services to BTMI.

·        Any person who has completed the Culinary Arts Associate Degree at the BCC Hospitality Institute, or its equivalent or any higher level of training programme at any other institution outside of Barbados.


4. The winners must satisfy the below criteria in order to receive the prize:

·        Be a resident of Barbados and habitually reside within the parish that he/she is representing

·        The dish must contain pork or fish, and sweet potatoes. The sweet potato element may be prepared in any variation.

·        Be in possession of a valid certificate of good health from a registered medical practitioner


5. BTMI reserves the right to substitute prizes with another prize of comparable value or cash equivalent in the event that it is unable to provide the intended prize.

6. BTMI hereby specifically reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/ or modify the promotion if any fraud, virus or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, safety of the promotion, as determined by BTMI in its sole discretion.

7. BTMI reserves the right to at any time vary the terms of the Promotion, to amend its Terms and Conditions, or to withdraw the Promotion. In any of these events notice will be given via media advertisements or messages to customers or via its social media platforms and will be effective immediately or as of the date referred to in such notifications.


8. BTMI cannot be held responsible if any or all included prizes are unavailable for any reason, including any natural or unnatural occurrence.


9.  Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for reasonable cause.


10. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. reserves the right to post, publish or otherwise use any image entered in this promotion.


11. This is no way sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram or Facebook.