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New York event celebrates the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa
Published on November 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

NEW YORK, USA -- In the tradition of celebrating food cultural diversity, the theme for the annual BCAGlobal Cultural Awareness Salute and Black Tie Gala will be “Crossing Cultures-Jamaica and South Africa.” The event on Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Times Square, will focus on a creating a deeper understanding of global diversity in the food service, culinary and hospitality industries.

“The global landscape of cultural diversity is celebrated through food. By increasing our understanding, we begin to see similarities and not differences,” explained Alex Askew, president and CEO of BCAGlobal, a nationwide non-profit, educational and networking organization of hospitality and food service professionals.

The event provides a space for networking and dialogue about the advancement of diversity and offers the opportunity for culinary students from around the country to hone their skills in a real life environment while working alongside food and hospitality industry leaders.

Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents and engage in conversations with potential industry employers and learn and experience global food cultures. Tommy Anthony Miller, executive chef for PB&J Resorts in Negril, Jamaica and South African born, Charmain Sithappah, CEO and executive chef for The Seasoned Pot, will provide culinary supervision for the students.

David Hunt, nationally recognized for the value of the power of storytelling, will provide the keynote speech. South African consulate general, George Monyemangene, also among the speakers for the event, will discuss the importance and relevance of the food culture in South Africa.

Rodolfo Contreras, Compass Group-Restaurant Associates’ executive chef of the Guggenheim Museum will receive the Jefferson Evans Award. This year’s honoree for the 2014 Lifetime Ambassador Award is Michael Thompson, VP of conferences, National Urban League and BCAGlobal Board Member Emeritus.

BCA Global’s mission is to create exposure and provide educational and professional opportunities for culinary and hospitality professionals of color, by providing quality educational and employment resources, job coaching, mentoring and assistance with placement, and networking support.

For more information or contact BCAGlobal:, call (212) 643–6570 or visit
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