Basseterre, St. Kitts – Six (6) junior chefs participating in the In Ya Kitchen Top Junior Chef competition have been recognized for their outstanding culinary skills by the TDC Home and Building Depots.

The gastronomic rising stars Jahmoy Woodley, Devote Edwards, Mahailah France, Naemah Smith, Kaylieyonna Robin and Nazima Cozier participated in three (3) keenly contested semifinals held recently at the Sweet and Savory Kitchen, in Frigate Bay.

The young food prodigies who created their unique delicious masterpieces made with a local fruit or vegetable, took home a variety of name brand kitchen and cooking equipment from the retail stores, including slow cookers, skillets, and electronic griddles to assist them in their pursuits.

According to Mr. Kashka Thompson, the TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager who was on hand to witness the mouthwatering showdown stated, “The TDC Home and Building Depots chose to partner with the In Ya Kitchen Team to give our Youth an opportunity to nurture their cooking talents through creativity.”

The three (3) finalists from the respective semifinals, Kaylieyonna Robin, Naemah Smith, and Devonte Edwards all qualified for their chance to go to head-to-head in the finals.

The ultimate showdown will be held on 17th September 2023, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where they will compete in a cook off for the chance to be named the In Ya Kitchen Junior Top Chef.

Picture – Mr. Kashka Thompson, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Department Manager presenting Ms. Kaylieyonna Robin, the In Ya Kitchen Junior Top Chef 3rd Finalist with her prize

Basseterre, St. Kitts – August 3, 2023 – Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Malvie James on St. Kitts are the first winners of EC$10,000.00 in the TDC 50K Mega Raffle, held on Monday 31st July 2023.

The couple’s names were randomly chosen in the digital draw from among over fourteen thousand entries from the TDC Retail Stores,, and new hire purchase contracts opened in June and July 2023.  It forms part of the Group’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, currently being held under the theme, “Your Neighbour, Your Partner, Your Future.”

At a brief handing over ceremony at the TDC Home and Building Depot, on Thursday 3rd August, Mr. Melvin James was presented with his winnings by Mr. Glenville Jeffers, TDC Group Executive Director, who congratulated the regular shoppers on their good fortune.

“I congratulate Mr. and Mrs. James, our first winners in our TDC 50K Mega Raffle. We are very happy for them.  They’re no strangers to the TDC Home and Building Depot and have been doing business with us for many years.”

Mr. Jeffers also used the happy moment to encourage shoppers to continue to patronize all the TDC retail stores, including, to qualify for their chance at the $10,000 month prize.

“We also take this opportunity to encourage all our customers to shop at all our retail stores and online, for their chance to win $10,000.00 every month until November 2023.”

In accepting his cheque from Mr. Jeffers, an elated Mr. James expressed his happiness and the joy of winning and praised the company for ‘giving back’ to its customers in such a tangible way.

“I am very excited about winning from my company, TDC. I always shop at the different units, especially the Home and Building Depot.  When I received the call about being the lucky winner, it almost felt like a call from heaven. I have always had a willingness to do business with TDC, all because of its corporate spirit, always giving back, involved in sharing, and giving. Today, because of this very same spirit, individuals like me and my wife have an opportunity to get something back. Blessings to TDC, to God be the glory.”

When asked what he will do with the winnings, a smiling James said, “there is a lot to be done, it involves shopping again, buying home items, and renovations, but of course I will pass this on to the Minister of Finance, my wife.”

On hand to witness the handover at the TDC Home and Building Depot on the Frigate Bay Road were Mr. James’ relatives, Mrs. Charlene Stapleton, TDC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr. Kashka Thompson, TDC Client Relations and Marketing Manager, Management from the Home and Building Depot Management Team, and staff who all wished the winners well.

Picture – A Happy Melvin James, the first winner in the TDC50K Mega Raffle poses with his $10,000 cheque

About the TDC 50K Mega Raffle

The TDC 50K Mega Raffle was launched in June 2023 and is open to all TDC Mega Rewards Card Programme members who spend EC$250.00 or more at any TDC retail store or

For customers who are not members, they can sign up at any retail store or scan the sign-up QR codes in promotional posters, digital media or by accessing the link  Hire-purchase customers are also eligible and will receive one entry per contract.  Shoppers spending $250 or more can win up to EC$50,000.00 as their entries will roll over every month from July to November 2023.

The TDC Mega Rewards Programme was introduced not only to demonstrate the company’s appreciation to its customers but also to show that “Loyalty has its privileges”. 

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, August 5, 2023 – The Board of Directors of St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading and Development Company (TDC) has appointed two accomplished women to serve as Directors.

At a meeting on July 27, 2023, the Board appointed business executive, Ms. Patricia Walters and Attorney at Law, Ms. Kurlyn Merchant to the Board.

Ms. Patricia Walters, a citizen of St Kitts & Nevis, was born and educated in the UK. She is an outstanding Business Transformation Leader with over 25 years of international experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector. She has pursued her business career in The UK, The Bahamas, Barbados, The Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as St. Kitts and Nevis, where she currently resides and serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Cable.

Her expertise ranges from executive leadership to management, finance, accounting, marketing and customer service. Some of her accomplishments include the Cable and Wireless International Global Summit Award for Change Management in 2007, recognition as a Leading Lady of The Bahamas in 2016 and induction into the St. Kitts Pioneering Women’s Gallery in 2021. Ms. Walters is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Ms. Kurlyn Merchant is a highly regarded Attorney at Law based in Nevis with experience in litigation, commercial law, international arbitration, energy and natural resource law, corporate and commercial law, banking and offshore/international business law. Ms. Merchant has practised law in The Federation for 12 years, having graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours in 2010 and from the Queen Mary University of London in 2015 with a Master of Laws Degree. She is a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and The Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She currently serves as President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association.

About The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC)

TDC is the parent entity of several diversified companies. It was incorporated in 1973, having acquired the trading and other assets of J. W. Thurston and Company Limited and H. F. Wildy and Company Limited. The TDC Group of Companies is currently involved in retail, financial services, shipping, real estate and travel services.