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A love for local food and a love for people – these are the traits that link the finalists in the ‘Best Fish’ category in Bim’s Best.
“I just like that I can put a smile on somebody’s face and actually serve people,” declared 27 year old nominee Rictoria Forde of Sea Ya Beach Bar in Dover.
A variation of those sentiments was echoed by all of those nominated in the category, such as 25 year old Diandra Lowe of Dd’s Catering, a young entrepreneur who serves up tasty food from her home in St Patrick’s.
“People love to eat and once they are happy with food, they are happy,” explained Diandra.
The nominees come from a range of backgrounds - from the expat husband and wife duo of Marc and Sally Egan in St Philip to Angela Goring, a former banker-turned-restaurateur who operates Ryanne’s in the heart of the city.
However they all share the same dedication - making customers happy through food.
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Rictoria Forde/ Sea Ya Beach Bar, Dover
Years in food business: 10 years
How do you feel about being nominated for Bim’s Best? Great! Excited but still shocked that someone [could] choose me.
What do you love the most about what you do? I just like that I can put a smile on somebody’s face and actually serve people. I learned to cook growing up doing work around the temple [as] I’m a Spiritual Baptist and we have the Cou-cou village so all of my training comes from there.
Sally Egan & Marc Egan /Marco Polo Bar and Grill
Years in food business: 3.5 (Sally) 8 (Marc – was a cook in the UK many moons ago)
How do you feel about being nominated for Bim’s Best?
Sally: I feel really excited and proud!
Marc: Like Sally proud that our cooking technique is being noticed and the use of great local fresh produce is paying off.
What do you love the most about what you do?
Sally: I love showcasing local produce [and] supporting the local economy.
Marc: Making people happy - we have a small place that is simple and comfortable, making you feel at home...our guests become friends.
Diandra Lowe/ DD’s Catering
Age: 25 years old
Years in food business: 5 years, 1.5 years
How do you feel about being nominated for Bim’s Best? Amazing. It’s amazing. Wow!
What do you love the most about what you do? I just love to showcase my talent. I love to make people happy. People love to eat and once they are happy qith the food they are happy. Bajan cuisine is my speciality.
Angela Goring / Ryanne’s Restaurant
Years in the food business: about 28 years – I started in banking then switched to hospitality.
How do you feel about being nominated for Bim’s Best? I’m excited actually. I’ve never been nominated for anything like this before so I want to see where it can take me.
What do you love the most about what you do? There is so much I love about what I do. I love everything. I love being able to interact with people that come in here. I love making sure they have a really great dining experience, love to see the smiles and when they tell you ‘oh that was delicious’. That keeps me going when I see my customers are happy because of the food we provide for them and the service.