Concours de Chef

Chef and Tablescaping Competitions

Calling all yacht chefs and crew, we invite you to showcase your creative talent by taking part in our culinary competition and tablescaping contest.

23rd Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show’s Concours de Chef and Tablescaping Competitions

This year the Antigua Charter Yacht Show’s competitions will focus on global cuisine inspirations with an emphasis on sustainable products.

As a yacht chef you are given the gift of international travel. This nomadic lifestyle allows you to experience and immerse yourself in new cultures, cuisines, and ingredients from the countries visited on your journeys. In the competition menu we want you to share innovative creations drawn from your bevy of international experience.

As the environmental issues for our planet are a constant concern many industries are doing more to reduce the impact on the environment and the yachting industry is no exception. The use of sustainable products is one aspect, which has a positive impact on our planet, and we want you to feature their use in your creations.

2023 Chef Competition Theme:

Culinary Inspirations
from Around the World

Chef Competition

Chefs will create a three-course dining experience:
First course, Main course, and Dessert.

The Challenge

Each course must represent a different cuisine, country, or culture. The courses will have been inspired by your travels as a Chef and with a view to utilizing sustainable products.
We want to see how the nomadic yacht chef lifestyle influences your ingredients, flavours, techniques, and presentations.


Competition Day

  1. You will be notified just prior to the judge’s arrival.

  2. You will provide 6 printed menus: 1 each; for the coordinator and 5 judges.

  3. You will have 30 minutes to serve your 3-course meal to the panel of 5 judges and the coordinator of the competition.

  4. For each course: serve 5 taster-size dishes and one full-size presentation dish (to be photographed). All 6 plates of each course will be tasted by the 5 judges and the coordinator.

*Please note, that you are required to stay within a 30-minute time frame, and if the time is extended, points will be deducted from your overall score.

Judging Criteria For The Chef Competition

Chefs will be judged based on a points system following the criteria listed below:

Extra points can be achieved in the following ways:

- Including a dish which incorporates Caribbean Flare

- The use of sustainable products

- Dishes for special diets i.e.: gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian, vegan etc.

The competition will be held onboard each yacht. Your scheduled 30-minute time frame will be allocated to each participating yacht at the Chef’s Briefing.


2023 Tablescaping Competition Theme:

Around the world with a view to sustainability


Tablescaping Competition

Stewards and Stewardesses, we want to see your expertise in creativity and execution:

What separates the dining experience on your yacht from the rest by presenting a tablescape that features a memorable locale or culture from your nomadic yacht travels.

We would also like for you to use sustainable products.

Your decorated table setting should be in the same location where the chefs serve their creations and include place settings for 6 guests.

Judging Criteria For The Tablescaping Competition

- Appearance and presentation: visually appealing

- Creativity and originality: creative use of the theme of the competition and the mystery decoration

- Overall Impression


Register to take part

Opening date for the registration for the Chef's Competition and Tablescaping Competition will be November 1st.

We only accept 10 yachts in each yacht size category.
Successful entries will receive an email within 48 hours of registering to confirm receipt.
At that time, they will also be given additional instructions.
A briefing will be held for all confirmed entries at the beginning of the show on:
December 4th, 2023 @ 15:30-16:30 hrs. CST


The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel,
Nelson's Dockyard.

All entrants are requested to join and must email if they are unable to do so.

We look forward to receiving your entries and welcoming you to the show.

enter the chef's competition online

Just fill in our simple form to register your interest.

Competition Categories and Judging Days

The exact time judges will come aboard will be given at the briefing. Judges will be onboard for 30 minutes and three courses must be served within that time frame or points will be deducted.

1. Yachts 160ft and Over Judged on Tuesday 05th December 2023

2. Yachts 126ft to 159ft Judged on Wednesday 06th December 2023

3. Yacht 125ft and Under Judged on Thursday 07th December 2023


Prize giving ceremony and champagne reception

The awards ceremony will be held on :
Friday 8th December 2023 at 17:30 – 19:00 hrs CST

Admirals Inn
Nelson's Dockyard

All yachts that have entered the competition are requested to please bring along the crew for support.

A winner and 2 runners up will be chosen from each category.

A winner will be chosen from each category.

All participating yacht chefs with their crews, charter brokers/managers, sponsors, and press are invited to attend.

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