1. What is your favourite local ingredient? Pimento ...believe it or not the aroma accentuates any protein and preserves the flavours.
2. Who or What has influenced your style?
Jamaica is known for its melting pot.. as such growing up here has shown me to respect all cuisines and as such combine all cuisines to formulate my own sense on style and diversity. I cook from adjoining various cultural flavors adding our CARIBBEAN FLAIR greatly.
3. What is your favourite international flavor/cuisine?
I don't have a favourite international flavour or cuisine. I accept all palates and flavours thereby loving them all
4. What award or achievement would you like to accomplish?
I would love to attain the title of Caribbean Chef of the Year notably "FEMALE". My aim is to be recognized for my work through my passion and skill set. I dont want to be seen as a woman who dominates but as a chef who does
5. If you had to do it all over again...what would you do differently?
I definitely would not do any thing differently. All mistakes are lessons to be learnt and as such I am the person who I am today because of those lessons. I was young and motivated and therefore inspired to do great no matter the challenges. I'm a fighter, survivor, a soul sister who just loves what she does no matter the challenges. I aim to set the bar for young and upcoming female chefs.
6. What is your worst kitchen disaster?
Being injured the day before an important competition to determine who would represent Jamaica for the World Skills 2011 competition in London. I was determined I would not go down without a fight, thereby competing injured. In doing so I further aggravated my severely bruised finger that had been cut to the nerve by opening an oven to place my dish in. While inserting the dish into the oven my finger got squeezed and I let go of the door closing it on my other hand and getting burnt badly, nonetheless I still pulled through.
7. Other than cooking, what are some of your passions?
I love the medical field... I like helping individuals requiring attention with injuries. I also have a passion for modeling.
CHEF GRINDLEY'S COOKING TIP TO THE AVERAGE COOK
The secret to good tasting food is cooking from the heart where love transcends into great flavors and a balance is met.
Join us in wishing Rochelle every success at the Taste Of The Caribbean 2015! May your dreams come through(true)!
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The Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica Team