Our Chef - Damian "Day Day" Leach
Cocktail Kitchen’s award winning Executive chef, Damian Leach, discovered his passion for cooking from as young as just 13 years old. Upon earning himself Le Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu in Canada, he has since gained a wealth of experience in the culinary arts, working in renowned restaurants including The Cliff and Tapas amongst others. During his time at Tapas, he was promoted to sous chef within his first year and later head chef, spending a total of 6 years there before joining the Cocktail Kitchen team.
Having achieved the title of Barbados Chef of the Year in 2016, Chef Damian was then selected to represent the island at the annual CHTA Taste of The Caribbean competition held in Miami, Florida. Here, he won Gold and the highly sought after CHTA Caribbean Chef of the Year title, making him one of only three Barbadian chefs to hold the prestigious title.
He then finished off 2016 by winning NIFCA Chef of the Year and was the recipient of The Governor General’s Award of Excellence. Chef Damian represented Barbados once again at the 2017 CHTA Taste of the Caribbean competition, winning Gold, best seafood and was a member of the Barbados culinary team that took home the top prize of CHTA Caribbean National Team of the Year. Damian is currently 2018 Barbados Chef of The year.
Chef Damian has also represented Barbados as a culinary ambassador and has promoted the island at events in the UK, Panama, New York, Washington and Toronto.