Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica caught up with Executive Chef George Matthews on his return from Panama where he participated in the IV Volcan Verde Festival - here's what he had to say about his experience!
The 'Land' Paella
It was fun and the camraderie was amazing. We fed a town of people. I had a grand time in Volcan, Panama’ added Chef Matthews. Although at times communication was difficult as he speaks only English, Chef Matthews noted that when it came to the ‘language of food’ - they all spoke the same language. Volcan he says reminded him of Mandeville – cool & mountainous with friendly and welcoming people.
George's signature dish of Jerked Pig’s tail with Blue Mountain Coffee & Walkerswood Guava Sauce although a little spicy for some, was very well received.
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.