Jemer Joseph is Iron Chef Dominica 2013

Iron Chef Dominica 2013 Jemer Joseph
Iron Chef Dominica 2013 Jemer Joseph

Jemer Joseph, of Woodfordhill, has emerged the winner of Iron Chef Dominica 2013 Competition held at the Anchorage Hotel on Thursday evening.

Joseph is a chef at Secret Bay Resort near Portsmouth.

This is the second time the competition was held and it forms part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of DIVE FEST.

The judging criteria for the Iron Chef competition was as follows:

1. Presentation of Chef
2. Skill & Efficiency
3. Flare and Showmanship
4. Choice/diversity of dishes
5. Creativity, artistry and extent of use of the ingredients
6. Presentation of dishes
7. Taste of dishes

The Chefs had 30 minutes on Center-Stage to produce a starter and a main course.

Competitors were supplied with the following:

1. A 2 burner table top stove, set on a table with a basin
2. Branded ingredients from Astaphans and vegetables from the local market
3. Hot water in flasks, water for rinsing and cleaning, and plates/bowls for service,
4. Chefs were asked to come equipped with their tools including their favourite skillets, small saucepan(s), utensils and of-course knives and a good chopping board.

Last year Jessica Pinard-Byrne Yard, Food Enthusiast and Entrepreneur, won the title.

The winning dish
The winning dish

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107 Comments

  1. wooty chick
    July 18, 2013

    Jemer u topped it and u won! congrats my girl, Dominican need to look at da positive side and start appreciating.

  2. Trying
    July 16, 2013

    Boy dominican alone that will try to bring down their own people.u will never find a indian or arab do that.the woman try shat man.any way congrats again cuz

  3. July 15, 2013

    Good morning my people. I want to congratulate Ms Joseph for winning the competition but she must realized that. If her winning dish is going to be photograph then its her ultimate responsibility to make sure its cleaned up before its photographed. Also if the dish was photographed by a photographer from DNO then that person should understand that they are presenting the dish to the world therefore they must be cognizant of how it will look on their Wedsite. I hope I will be able to sample her dishes when I visit in November . Again congrats to Ms Joseph.

  4. Hmmmm
    July 14, 2013

    Why are Dominicans so afraid of truthful critique. The dish is sloppily presented. That is plain for all to see. It was a competition and therefore such comments are warranted and people are within their rights to comment on a story that was presented to them about a winner of a competition.

    If no comments were desired, the story should not have been posted.

  5. mammy
    July 14, 2013

    Dominicans, next time you walk into a restaurant in Roseau, carry out this experiment.
    Ask what for lunch?
    This is the response you would get.
    Fish, pork, chicken…. ( or what ever meats they have)
    The reason the dont tell you what else you will get with the meat is because they already expect you to know…
    Rice, peas, provisions… that is always the response.
    That tells me that my people are not creative with their meals, its like dog food, same thing everyday, why not be creative with the provisions, or be creative with the rice, or add other side dishes… its the same every, rice, peas, provisions. Its a pity.

  6. mammy
    July 14, 2013

    DNO, whats the name of the dish? Looks like a one pot?
    Wow… I need to enter that competition to raise the standard.

  7. real
    July 13, 2013

    congratulations to you miss joseph.it is always good to read positive news, I am so sick and tired of the negative

    • wooty chick
      July 18, 2013

      oh yes

  8. wesley
    July 13, 2013

    Is this jemer for peggy and francess who grew up in wesley? Moustaq and Rufus sister? Congrats girl.where is moustaq ?

  9. Larchmont, NY
    July 13, 2013

    OMG!!! What is this?

  10. July 13, 2013

    Well, well, what a way to say CONGRATULATIONS.

  11. WHAT
    July 13, 2013

    if it tasted bad and looked good would all you be happy,she did her thing and she won nuff respect.stop being haters and big up your iron chef,,,,,, :-x :-x :-x :-x

  12. Justice and Truth
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations, Iron Chef Dominica 2013. Being a contestant is no easy matter. It comes with anxiety and stress to complete the dish in a given time. Your dish must have excelled which is why you came first. Good luck for the future.

  13. Marlpardee
    July 12, 2013

    And d way that big piece of lime is there awar nah

  14. Marlpardee
    July 12, 2013

    Chef ramsey would say; get this ….,.. Plate and wipe it up..,,,.if u watch hell’s kitchen u will know what i talking about. I luv my ramsey….

    • looking down
      July 15, 2013

      oh plz

    • wooty chick
      July 18, 2013

      well this is not himmmmm, y cant u guys b positive?

  15. Marlpardee
    July 12, 2013

    Ok she didn’t have time to make d rice and chopped chicken. Well well what is d name of d dish!

  16. July 12, 2013

    can somebody tell me is this jemer joseph for frances?

  17. Teacher
    July 12, 2013

    Congrats are in order.

  18. say it loud
    July 12, 2013

    Looks like something you would serve your husband if you’re mad at him

  19. July 12, 2013

    ‘Cindy’ and’ wooty to de bone’I would rather have a cup of ‘unboiled’water than eat whats on that plate.Thanks but no thanks!

  20. NJ
    July 12, 2013

    Admin, can you tell us the name of the starter and main course dish Chef Joseph prepared? Thanks.

    • purddy
      July 13, 2013

      ya a little more detail plz

    • U S A
      July 13, 2013

      We are so quick to tear each other down. Can we be a little more constructive in our comments? is that the way we wore brought up not to be happy for another ones accomplishment? We waste no time to speak hurtful words. Dominicnewsonline is bringing us news some of you try telling them how they should present their news how rude. Any way congratulation miss joseph on your accomplishment hold your head up high job well done. you didn’t sit by the side road wasting time. that’s the way to go.

    • Nacinimod
      July 13, 2013

      Admin, can you tell us the name of the starter and main course dish Chef Joseph prepared?

      It looks like lion fish, cous cous and pumpkin with a generous amount of chives and a stale slice of lime. Auguste Escoffier must be turning in his grave at the sight of such a sloppy presentation. Then again, what can you cook in thirty minutes?

    • Addie
      July 13, 2013

      It’s the famous Lion Fish with Cous Cous and Sauteed Pumpkins….. So delicious!…. Only a person who knows real food and have eaten at the best places would appreciate such a meal!…. Well done Jemer!… Secret Bay must be proud!

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2013

        :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  21. Tumble back kick
    July 12, 2013

    The fact that he won means that his was better than the rest.
    So what did the other people present?

    DNO please tell us what was in that dish. To me it looks like a melange, or as some of my padnas would say a JOBOOM…

  22. Dizzy
    July 12, 2013

    look like dog food

  23. vieille case man
    July 12, 2013

    omg… no wonder people prefer to eat home in dominica,but,congratulations

  24. roy
    July 12, 2013

    do you guys knnow that this chief or cook is the one who does the cooking for a resort which has received numerous awards for excellence?so all u haters can eat

  25. lona
    July 12, 2013

    celia i would really like to see your presentation.these chefs were timed.who knows maybe in the rush to complete on time the garnishing got here and there and didnot have time to fix it.so what

  26. Addie
    July 12, 2013

    Go Secret Bay!!!!!!…. Great job Jemer!….. Wow, I know that Ana and the others are very proud of you!…. You made us all proud!!!!

  27. I DIE NU
    July 12, 2013

    Is that “Todays’ Special?”What is it consist of?

  28. celia
    July 12, 2013

    We i don’t mean to put her down especially as she has my families name (no relation) but why has the journalist note advised us of what the dish is, is it because HE DON’T KNOW? It’s unrecognisable, i’m sure it must taste nice but i give her 1 for presentation…………..sorry :cry:

    • no wes pay e may
      July 12, 2013

      @celia – u dont know anything about cooking/ go and arrange your fig on your plate how u accustom to do, by length

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2013

      I totally agree. If a plate was presented to me like that, I would have doubts. It may taste nice but sight goes a long way and this is not a matter of criticism. When I first saw the plate I was wondering what is that and where is the winning plate. Only to find out that when I continued to scroll down guess what? It said “The winning dish”

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      Do not give her 1 for presentation. This has nothing to do with her. She came first therefore the overal presentation was excellent. The dish looks presentable and palatable. She deserves 10 to 100.
      The reason why the name of the dish may not have been posted is, so that the recipe is not stolen or it was oerlooked. Just my thought.
      What is important, she is the Iron Chef Dominica 2013. Congratulate her.

    • mammy
      July 14, 2013

      Celia, You are a 100% correct, actually I would give it a 0 for presentation. I am also not surprised that you received so many negative thumbs down. When I eat at so many restaurants in Roseau the food looks no different from what I see there, it actually looks like left overs. I am sure it might taste nice, but it sure is not pleasant to the eyes, its very untidy.
      We in Dominica have become used to mediocrity, if this was presented to a customer in another country, he would have lost his job, with immediate effect.
      To prove my point, if he won with that presentation, you can imagine what the others looked like.

  29. sindy
    July 12, 2013

    stop trying to bring the lady down.many of u can not even boil water,so shut the hell up

    • real
      July 13, 2013

      not only can they not boil water, they would burn water

  30. 'i'
    July 12, 2013

    Looks delicious! Clearly some people do not know the appearance of high class meal.

    Congratulations to the new Iron Chef! :-D

    • 'i'
      July 12, 2013

      The only thing I’s critique is, I didnt see a title of the dish.

      Also for the heavy critiques on here, bear in mind that the contestants were only given limited ingredients and had to produce a meal in 30 minutes.

      I do not know about you all, but it takes me that much time to try to figure out what I am cooking for dinner. (With a pantry full of ingredients)

      So she did well

  31. justice
    July 12, 2013

    I agree with alot of other peoples views. Her presentation needs to be much better. You should atleast be able to tell what it is thats in the plate. but I guess it taste much better than it looks so congrats.

  32. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    Can we please know the names of the other participants and also the name of the dishes the winner prepared.

  33. african queen
    July 12, 2013

    well as a food lover and cook i would love to know what the dish is called and what was used to prepare the dish again congrats.

  34. sports
    July 12, 2013

    please note that ms joseph dish is the one to the right and not the one to the left

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2013

      What are you talking about? There is only one plate with food on it

    • July 13, 2013

      There is only one dish.

  35. WHO VEX VEX
    July 12, 2013

    i thought is left overs that on d plate dia wii boi

    if is dat i paying my money 4 better i go by the river and cook a jot

    • no wes pay e may
      July 12, 2013

      @ who vex vex – ur sillier than a rabbit without tricks. shut your mouth u silly WABBIT,

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      Crude, rude, disrespectful and insensible. Have you not watched the US Iron Chef and other such programs? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • in the U S
      July 13, 2013

      well miss lady, who preventing you from going to the river to cook your jot.woodfordhill all the way yea.

    • July 13, 2013

      Did you not know left overs taste better than the original dish?

    • mammy
      July 14, 2013

      I did not read your comment before, but I thought the same, and she works for a Hotel? hmmmmmmmmm.

      • blue blue
        July 14, 2013

        For a hotel tha’s winning a lot of international accolade. So talk all you s***

  36. wooty to the bones
    July 12, 2013

    whenever someone trying Dominican do their best to bring down the person. look at the comments u all making I wonder if some of u can do better or even hot some water. u all think is only Dominican that reading your comments

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      Those lack class and dignity.

    • July 13, 2013

      They apparently think that. The judges felt that her dish was worth winning, and that is that.

    • Slow
      July 13, 2013

      i agree with you, Dominicans are not trying to do anything to build up themselves but since one person is trying, the critics will be the first to open their mouth. That is why our country can never go forward. Remember your words as an individual that bring you down,not ppl or government. Grow up ppl

  37. Cast the First Rock
    July 12, 2013

    If we are going to have copy cat shows like these, then let the participants brush up on their skills also.
    I need to know the name of the dish. I would like the name of the dish, main ingredients and that the dishes be placed on a neat table for presentation. If you are going to send these people’s pics all through cyberspace, then give them an opportunity to do a great job…not good, great!
    By the way-is the college ready to take on hospitality so that students can have avenues for this type of outlet? I’m just saying…hello Mr. Soft Subjects up there at DSC…

    • Teacher
      July 12, 2013

      Dishes that are thoroughly cooked do not photograph well because they look wilted and messy. The appetizing meals we see in photos are make up and Science.

    • July 13, 2013

      Apparently the picture was taken immediately after preparation. Given what was required the lady rushed to finish her dish in a timely manner. I think the photographer could not wait to take the picture. She WON regardless.

  38. July 12, 2013

    Could have been a Little better :wink:

  39. Get real
    July 12, 2013

    This food looks like a total mess.Get this off quickly.

    • July 13, 2013

      Post yours, we would like to see what it looks like. Inquiring minds want to know.

    • antiguan
      July 14, 2013

      it look s like a mess because u is a hungry ghut and dont know about dishes and recipies

  40. concerned
    July 12, 2013

    As a culinary art teacher, I am very disappointed in seeing such a presentation. She needs to be given a scholarship to get some professional training.
    If that is the type of dish presented to guests at Secret Bay, I am no longer thrilled in staying there for my next vacation in Dominica.

    • JAGOTS
      July 12, 2013

      Are you willing to give classes/training to person such as the winner and others? Or just the usual critic!
      Why don’t you leave some contact info so interested persons can get to you and learn, but so doing the standards of presentation will increase and we will see less chefs being brought in from outside to get jobs in the local market. Just a thought!

      • concerned
        July 12, 2013

        indeed I am and just want to know who are the right people to contact.

    • gwaj
      July 12, 2013

      Wait, a woman who won? I thought it was a guy. My apologies. It looks yummy to me, I don’t know why everyone is complaining.

    • papa met
      July 12, 2013

      thirty minutes for a starter and a course meal. u think is whole day she had man???? hmmmm

    • July 13, 2013

      Have you seen HELL’S KITCHEN?

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2013

      My girl, you wouldn’t be able to stay there cause there is not for low class people like you!!!!…. You wouldn’t even be able to afford that dish presented!….. Damn up and fast!

  41. Me
    July 12, 2013

    sloppy presentation, i’m sorry

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      You did not taste it. You are narrow-minded. I tis obvious that you do not view such shows on TV. There are various ones. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  42. Cyco
    July 12, 2013

    Presentataion of this dish is lacking…i’m guessing it must have tasted hella good for him?her? to win….I really can’t tell by the name nor photo if its a guy or girl…no offense..

    • Dominica_Lover
      July 12, 2013

      You are a negative person. She is beautiful. For all those christian Dominica have when certain subjects come up. Hate is all I see. That did not need to be said. The dish looks great and colorful.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      What difference it makes? Can you not see that she is wearing “her cooks cap?” Cooks who especially serve the public must cover their entire head so that stands of hair do not fall into the menu as they prepare it.

      • Justice and Truth
        July 12, 2013

        :oops: “strands”

  43. Cyco
    July 12, 2013

    DNO…Wouldn’t it be nice to know what the ingredients of the winning dish were…

  44. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    Way to go girl congratulation

  45. Peacock
    July 12, 2013

    Can we get a description of the dishes?

    • NOW
      July 12, 2013

      Yes need the description and recipe please

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2013

      DNO just post pictures and most times there are no captions.

  46. July 12, 2013

    Poor presentation!It looks sloppy and food all over the place.The first one is very confusing.U all to like to imitate what u see on tv.Be original!

    • MUDD
      July 12, 2013

      I agree. When platting food, garnish must never make your dish look untidy but enjoyable. A little wiping of the would have help but of course I’m sure she knows all this, maybe time was against her.

      • Listening
        July 12, 2013

        30 minutes to prepare a Starter and Main Course. Could you do better? Stupes

      • July 13, 2013

        I think that the photographer rushed to take the picture, I believe the lady was running out of time, I am pretty sure this is NOT how she presents her meals at the Secret Bay Hotel. She would NOT be still employed. Give the lady a break. The photographer is at fault for this one.

    • NOW
      July 12, 2013

      way papa imitate? Did you see a man on the TV fighting to peel a plantain give us a break!
      Go Iron chef DA

    • Justice and Truth
      July 12, 2013

      Because you know nothing about food and its preparation. :twisted: :twisted: Search recipe Websites and you will see similar presentations.
      If you are a man, when last you cooked a meal for yourself or for the family?

  47. Yes
    July 12, 2013

    Congrats but the second dish looks a little messy

  48. StupZzzzz
    July 12, 2013

    nice :-?

  49. gwaj
    July 12, 2013

    Mouth: watered! Congrats!

  50. Hey Hey
    July 12, 2013

    congrats

  51. Observer
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations girl! The sky’s the limit.

  52. bigmack
    July 12, 2013

    congrats, nice pleau

  53. pretty lady
    July 12, 2013

    congratulations….I don’t know you but I am very proud of you. I am rather happy that we can showcase our skills and talents with food :)
    once again…congratulations

  54. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    why do we like to immitate what we see on tv?

    • I'm Just Saying
      July 12, 2013

      Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so why not??? You have a problem with that?

    • lover
      July 12, 2013

      why do you like to imitate other humans by breathing

      • Anonymous
        July 12, 2013

        LMAO

    • concerned
      July 12, 2013

      I understand the idea of wanting to do something to showcase our skills. But you seem to forget we are a “copy and paste” population. They could have given a next name.

      • someone
        July 12, 2013

        “another” :-D

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