Meet Jamaican Executive Caterer Daven C. Willis

By Team Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica

Catering Executive Daven C. Willis  has been making his mark on the regional culinary landscape over recent years. He believes that  no one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at his most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present and the wisdom of cookbook writers.

His early years began at the Runaway Bay HEART Training Institute where he graduated and enrolled into Montego Bay Community College studying  Culinary Arts. He has trained and worked in a number of top hotel chains throughout the island to include Half Moon resort, Iberostar, Breezes Runaway Bay, The Jewel and Sandals Grande Riviera.

In 2012 he established himself as Catering Executive and Managing Director of Calabash Catering a gourmet catering company with a difference. Daven C. Willis also has is own magazine Calabash Full  which embraces the diversity of the Caribbean fusion cuisine and cooking styles and also examines the role food plays in how we cook, shop, entertain, eat and live.  

He was the guest chef at The Denbigh Agricultural Showground 2013 for The Best Dressed Chicken and has been doing demonstration cooking in supermarkets island-wide for various companies. Daven has been featured on local
television programs and local magazines such as J.A.E magazine and The Culinarian (The Culinary Federation of Jamaica magazine).

Daven plans to further his education in becoming an Executive Chef and he also aspires to work with master chefs from all over the world especially France which is considered the father nation of culinary arts.

Highlights Dishes

Plated Chocolate Mousse served with a Lemon Ginger Sauce
BBQ Beef with Kimchi mixed in Tomato Sauce

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