FRIDAY, NOv. 2: The island’s promising young chefs have begun competing for the Bermuda Rising Chef of the Year competition.

The chefs began the semi-final rounds on November 1, and the continue today. And November 5 & 6. One winning competitor will be selected by a panel of judges each night as they battle to compete in the final round. The audience will get the chance to vote for their favourite chefs. There will be four competitors in the final round one of which will win the title of Bermuda’s Rising Chef of the Year.

The line-up of chefs includes three students who were trained through the Bermuda College’s Culinary Programme.

Two graduates of the programme and one student currently enrolled will test their skills against 12 other chefs via for the title.


“We are proud of chefs Daaiman Simmons and Ryan Lampano, and intern Chef Kelly Simons and look forward to seeing them put their education and experience to work,” said Karla Lacey, BHI CEO.  They join a group of competitors who a wide array of cultures and countries, all sharing their love of culinary arts.

Bermudian Daaiman Simmons is Chef de Partie at The Reefs Club, Ryan Lampano, a graduate of

The Berkeley Institute, is Commis de Cuisine at Cambridge Beaches, while current Culinary student Kelly Simons is an intern at Cambridge Beaches. To view video profiles of all competing Chefs, visit “This event has been created to promote the talent and dedication of Bermuda’s culinary professionals,” said Karla Lacey, BHI CEO. “We are thankful for the support of our major sponsors, Butterfield & Vallis, Lindo’s Family Foods & Gosling’s Limited, their support ensures

100 per cent of the proceeds benefit raised fund BHI’s educational Hospitality programmes.”

The sold out event is taking place at International Imports (The Chef’s Shop) on Par-Le-Ville Road Hamilton.

Three competitors will vie each night for a spot in the final round on November 9. Dishes will be judged based on taste, presentation, originality in the use of ingredients and work ethic by a panel of judges. There are different  judges for each of the rounds.

They are  chef Leo Betschart, Tom Wadson, Glenn Jones, Sherri Simmons, Tina Stevenson Joe Gibbons, Dianne Brewer, Hannah Simpson and Catherine Burns.

The different hosts are Executive chef and owner of Bone Fish Grill and Café Amici Livio Fergio, executive chef at the Cambridge Beaches Keith DeShields, executive chef at the Fairmont Southampton Chris Chafe and Ascots executive chef and owner Edmund Smith.  BHI is a non-profit organization with a mandate to lead and encourage the development, growth and sustainability of Bermudians in the Hospitality industry. The competitors are Uddav Tamang; Carmin Viola; Daamian Simmons; Bipin Sharma, Kelly Simons; Adam de la Cruz; Andrew Turnbull; Trevor Kliaman; Jonathan Rivard; Takemore Mukazika; Ryan Lampano and Saravanan Ranganathan.