Spirit Wins Yacht Stew Academy Tablescape Competition at PBIBS 2024

3 April 2024 By Aileen Mack
Chief Stew Erin of Spirit
Chief Stew Erin of Spirit

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Despite the rainy day at the 2024 Palm Beach International Boat Show, the interior crew aboard five yachts set up gorgeous and elegant tablescapes for the first annual Yacht Stew Academy Tablescape Competition. While a few shared a spring or Easter theme, each table showcased creativity, ingenuity and beauty — giving the judges a challenge in choosing a winner.

Spirit Chief Stew Erin's table

Chief stew Erin of Spirit wowed with her spring Easter table full of florals, eggs, and even a bunny. Second place went to chief stew Bianca, second stew Emily, and stewardesses Montana and Stella of Seanna for their under the sea table, complete with mermaids, starfishes, and shells.

Stew Montana, Chief Stew Bianca, Second Stew Emily, and Stew Stella of Seanna

The judging panel was Clair Minto, owner of Chief Stew Shop; Destry Darr, owner of Destry Darr Designs; Captain Kelly Gordon; Jayne Willis, founder of Floating Florista Foundation; and Gemma Hulbert, founder of The Yacht Stew Academy. Each of the tables were judged based on the following: creativity and elegance, coherence, attention to detail and overall impression.

Tablescape competition participants and judges

The first-place prize included napkin rings from Destry Darr Designs, napkins and candles from Chief Stew Shop, and training vouchers for The Yacht Stew Academy.


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