Amazing food & drink were the order of the evening at Chefs On Show 2016 as over eighteen of Jamaica's top chefs and caterers got into high gear serving dish after delicious dish to the delight of the many patrons who attended the event in the gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus on April 27th, 2016.
Chefs On Show is staged annually by the Culinary Federation Of Jamaica to raise funds to assist with expenses associated with sending our national culinary team to the prestigious Taste Of The Caribbean in Miami where individuals and regional teams compete for bragging rights as the best in the Caribbean. Below are some of the many chefs & caterers who gave of their time and talent to make the event the success tha tit was.
Among the attendees was Two-Time Chopped Champion - Jamaican Chef Andre Fowles - who just narrowly missed a third Chopped win.
Thoroughly enjoyed working with the Jamaica Yellow pages on this project which involved traversing the island with nine of Jamaica's talented young chefs sampling fare from hot Jamaican restaurants & food spots - among them Holland Bamboo for some of Musso's Curry Goat , Coconut Curry Shrimp at Allshmars in Port Morant, Steamed Fish at Anglers in St Anns Bay & Jerk Pork from G& B in Buff Bay.
This year, Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica was charged with the responsibility of identifying and selecting the participants for this year's Observer Food Awards Chef On The Rise Competition and co-producing the judging event by sponsors the Jamaica Yellow Pages. It was a challenge which we happily took on and set about our research in earnest; the criteria - young unknown but talented chefs passionate about their craft.
For almost three weeks we worked closely with these chefs traversing the entire island with Coaching Executive Chef George Matthews stopping and tasting dishes at nine of Jamaica's hidden food gems. The Chefs Challenge - to re-create one of the dishes sampled at one of our nine food stops putting their own twist on that dish. Who got which dish? This was decided by a drawing of location after the last stop.
The Judging Event @ the Spanish Court Hotel
The three finalists were Volae Willimas (1st place), Ricardo Allen (2nd place) & Lucian Dunn (3rd place). There were no losers here. Twas indeed a pleasure working with these very talented chefs who were said to be the best bunch yet in this competition!
The Mona Bowl at UWi was the secret home to the second staging of Diner En Blanc Kingston which was an evening filled withe glitz, glamour,food and fun!
Kingston Kitchen 2015 was a buzz with lots of excitement & culinary treats from some of Jamaica's best. Truly a 'foodie's paradise.
From tasty Lamb Burgers & Jerk Spring Lamb, Specialty Vegan Pizzas, Hellshire Style Fish & Lobster, Conch Fritters, spicy Curry Chicken Masala & succulent Crispy Pork Belly & Mango Glazed Pig’s Tail to locally handcrafted Island Flavoured Popsicles, decadent Desserts & Sweets, Fresh Homegrown Produce, locally made Condiments Rubs, Sauces, Dressings, Jams, Breads and more KGN Kitchen Night Market was a delectable evening of delicious goodies offering something for all palates & ages. If you wished you could have have your sugar cane juiced right there on the spot!
Not even the intermittent drizzle from time to time throughout the evening could put a damper on the appetites of patrons who just continued to sample & savour!
Did you go to KGN. Kitchen? Feel free to share your thoughts & experience here!
It was quite by accident that we discovered the UJIMA 'pop-up' farmers market where twice per month, farmers & producers of gourmet food products set up shop at the Chinese Cultural Association of Jamaica on Barbican Road. Have you been there? No? It's definitely worth a visit and is a great way of getting to know your farmers.
Fresh Produce & Flowers
The produce (both organic & non-organic) doesn't get any fresher than this! It's direct from farm to your table.
Discover & Taste Delicious 100% Jamaican Gourmet Products like nut butters, honey, chocolate nibs, preserves, sauces, dressings & freshly baked gluten-free breads.
A Couple Of The Farming Personalities
See you there on August 30th! Until then...eat good!
Hail to the ‘other white meat’- Highlights of the Copperwood Pork Chef’s Choice for Jamaica's Restaurant Week Competition (November 8- 15, 2013).
Who knew pork was this great? I did. But it was really interesting to see how these very talented chefs upped
the ante when it came to presentation and taste…it was like “OMG for the PIG!”
It’s amazing when you see passion, coupled with dedication and excitement dish out smiles of fulfilment.
That’s what we, the judges experienced, as we went to different restaurants over two nights, in search
of the ‘King or Queen of Pork’.
From pulled and minced pork to tasty tenderloins and the famous Jerk; we did not escape the succulence of this
wonderful meat. Enjoyed and appreciated was the fusion of cultures that created such a delicious exchange of flavours. So much so, you could overhear the judges commenting with “oohs and ahhs” (including yours truly), as we delved into each dish with much anticipation.
In the end, some dishes were talked about more than others. Whoever takes home the title will be well
deserving of it.
Thanks to #TripleT's, #UsainBolt'sTrack's&Records, #CaffedaVinci, #Lillian's & #JoJo'sJerkPit for having hosted us, and to Copperwood Pork for inviting Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica to be a part of this remarkable experience!! Needless to say, we had a ‘porking good’ time and we look forward to doing it again same time, next year.
Carménère Night - for the second year running, the Chilean Embassy to Jamaica, in association with Christopher & Kerri-Anne Reckord, organized this special evening to showcase the Carménère grape to members of the Diplomatic Community in Jamaica as well as wine lovers and other specially invited guests.
Purveyors of Carménère Wines in Jamaica