Rated among Jamaica’s most intriguing culinary experts, Chef Dwight Watkis is indeed an exciting cooking talent. He consistently provides guest with an unforgettable experience in dinning adventure, with his unique style of modern Caribbean Cuisine.
Native to the Lime Hall District in St. Ann, Chef Dwight began a relationship with the culinary arts in the most endemic of kitchens, watching, tasting and assisting, he learned at his mother’s elbow. In his first cooking gig, he was provided the opportunity of looking after dinner while his mother was at work. With this foundation, a desire for greatness and deep passion for food, the dream of being a Chef was inevitable.
After completing his secondary education at Marcus Garvey Technical, he began his work experience with internationally acclaimed Breezes Runaway Bay, where he spent 12 years learning and perfecting his art, while moving up the ladder of achievement. In the latter, he spent some time with Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, further embedding his name as one to remember.
Chef Dwight further certified himself through completing Levels One, Two and Three in Food Preparation at the Johnson & Wales University Summer programs 1999, 2000 & 2001 offered in Jamaica. There he furnished his skills in Italian, French, Asian and Oriental Cuisine preparation. In his quest for greater recognition, he participated in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Culinary Arts Competition, where he earned the accolades of Silver and Gold Medals in 2004 & 2008. His most memorable experience was staged in Fort Lauderdale, where he earned a Silver Medal competing against some of the Caribbean’s best culinary experts.
Currently, he is Chef de Cuisine at the Mystic Dining Restaurant & Bar since 2008, Chef Dwight’s unflinching energy and distinctive style of cooking has entrenched his popularity in allowing him to gain the deserved support of friends like Executive Chef Ravi Anne who is Chairman of the Planning Committee for Jamaica’s premiere culinary event “A Taste of Jamaica” from which the national Chef of the Year is chosen. Chef Dwight continues to amaze and intrigue, erasing all thoughts of exaggeration to his invitation “Come on up and be treated to an unforgettable experience in dining adventure.” So be sure to come on up, be witnesses to a legend in the making.