VIP Participants

Award-winning chefs Tiffany Derry, Ron Duprat, Kevin Fonzo and Mathayom Vacharat are among the well-known chefs joining the 2017 Taste of St. Croix event series. From April 3 to April 9, there are five signature Taste of St. Croix events: Taste of the Town, Taste of St. Croix, School Lunch Make-Over, TasteBuds and Cuisine on the Green.

Chefs Derry and Duprat, both Bravo TV Top Chef alum, and Fonzo, the founder of the Edible Education Experience signed on as judges for Taste of St. Croix and will lead both the TasteBuds and School Lunch Make-Over programs in partnership with local chefs and community partners.

Visiting participants not only lend their advanced culinary palettes to the the judging of Taste of St. Croix, but also give back to our community by participating in other events that lead our island’s youth to understand the importance of healthy eating, sourcing food back to where it came from and showcasing the hospitality industry as a potential career path.

Tiffany Derry

Taste of St. Croix Judge | Taste Buds | School Lunch Makeover

Chef Tiffany Derry returns to St. Croix for Taste of St. Croix for her third year. Derry grew up in Beaumont Texas and started at the local International House of Pancakes. Working her way up to management by 17, she went on to hone her culinary techniques at the Art Institute of Dallas and working at a number of esteemed restaurants in Houston. After gaining international notoriety and ‘fan favorite’ on Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All-Stars, she went on to open Private|Social in Dallas and continued on television with SpikeTV’s Bar Rescue and then Hungry Investors. Derry is a national spokesperson for the Art Institute’s Culinary Arts Program and works with the Dallas Independent School District and the North Texas Food Bank.

Kevin Fonzo

Taste of St. Croix Judge | Taste Buds | School Lunch Makeover

Chef Kevin Fonzo has supported the programs and efforts of Taste of St. Croix for a number of years. Fonzo earned a culinary degree at The Culinary Institute of America and worked on the opening team of The Peabody Hotel, Orlando. After a number of stints in some great kitchens, including the Executive Chef at The Peabody Orlando, Fonzo operated his own K Restaurant and Wine Bar for 14 years. Fonzo is a fervent supporter of using local ingredients and supporting the local community by donating his talent, time and support to food education and food wellness programs. In 2013, Chef Emeril Lagasse visited K Restaurant for taping his television show and backed Fonzo’s work being done with “The Edible Schoolyard at O.J.A” by having the Emeril Lagasse Foundation partner with him to build a new kitchen house/classroom.

Ron Duprat

Taste Buds | School Lunch Makeover

Bravo TV Chef lending his hand for the children at Taste Buds and the school lunch makeover. Currently a chef at Carambola Beach Resort, he cannot participate as a judge, but you can taste his offerings at Carambola’s booth during Taste of St. Croix.

Mathayom Vacharat

Taste of St. Croix Judge | Taste Buds | School Lunch Makeover

St. John Catering

Kemit Amon-Lewis

Reef Responsible Training

Summer Sibily-Brown

School Lunch Makeover Organizer

Julius Jackson

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Boxing Champion and Chef

Tanisha Bailey-Roka

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Crucian Contessa

Alex Ewald

Taste of St. Croix Judge

La Tapa, St. John

Brett Fetterolf

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Elvis’s Beach Bar

Collis Mitchell

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Krunkmaster DJ Slik

Foxy Callwood

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Foxy’s Bar

Angela Kim

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Squishy Monster Youtube

Loring Barnes

Taste of St. Croix Judge

CCO Clarity Group Media & PR

Randolph Maynard

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Chef at Cafe Amalia, St. Thomas

Shaun Brian Sells

Taste of St. Croix Judge

USVI Culinary Team winner; Chef of Ocean362, St. John

René Daniella

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Own by Femme

Jessica Franklin

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Hey Gorgeous

Jolyon Helterman

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Food writer/Critic

Vincent Alterio

Taste of St. Croix Judge

St. John Catering

Nykole Tyson

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Creator & Host of I’m Making It Happen

Winsbut McFarlande

Taste of St. Croix Judge

St. Croix Chief of Police, VI Police Department

Alvaro Pilar

Taste of St. Croix Judge

CEO of Innovative

Devon Carrington

Taste of St. Croix Judge

Commissioner of VI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

Greg Kalimar

Live Artist – work on display at Taste of St. Croix