Top chef joins The Reefs
The youngest Certified Master Chef in the US is to take over the cooking reins at The Reefs, it was announced today.
Jason Koppinger has been appointed the Executive Chef and will oversee the resort's three restaurants.
Chef Jason has appeared along Food Network superstar Bobby Flay in “Iron Chef America: Battle Broccoli,” the “Chopped” TV series and holds top credentials from The Culinary Institute of America, the American Culinary Federation and The French Culinary Institute.
In 2006, Chef Jason made history when, at the age of 30, he became the youngest Certified Master Chef in the U.S. the highest professional distinction and one that only 66 chefs have earned.
“Jason brings an incredible level of culinary expertise to The Reefs,” says Nagma Walker, General Manager of The Reefs. “His passion for education and unique twist on cuisines from around the world will surely inspire us all and creates a world-class dining experience that's truly fitting of our resort.”
Born in New York City, and raised in Trinidad and Orlando, Florida, Jason has traveled throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States and the South Pacific for his career. Prior to joining The Reefs in Bermuda, Chef Jason was the Executive Chef at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa in the Cayman Islands where he earned the honor of Chef of the Year on Grand Cayman. His extensive culinary experience also includes Executive Chef positions at The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort on Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Royal Caribbean International.
“I am especially influenced by the flavors and diversity of Asian cuisine, which I try to blend into locally-sourced foods and seasonal offerings,” said Chef Jason.
Chef Jason also plans to teach guests and residents about food and wine from around the world in The Reefs' show kitchen at Royston's. “It's fun to play with food and I love to educate people to show them what they can do,” he said.