Restaurant Week 2016 Jamaica got off to a robust start with many rushing to make reservations at their favourite dining haunts. This year's event dubbed Eat In Dine Out offered persons not into the hustle and bustle the option of ordering in.
Our team opted to dine at Nirvana, the newest Indian restaurant in Kingston and we were not disappointed! For starters we had the tandoor grilled fish tikka marinated with yogurt and indian spice. This was followed by the Butter Chicken (tandoori chicken pieces tossed in a rich aromatic tomato and cream gravy) & the Thai Coconut Infused Green Curry Shrimp served with Garlic Naan & Basmati Rice - Deelish! For dessert we had Cheesecake flavor Kulfi (home-made indian ice-cream)
Twas a great dining experience- great service, great food. Money well spent! No hitches here!
The Culinary Federation of Jamaica hosted its sixth staging of their Taste Of Jamaica Culinary Competition & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Center on November 12th & 13th, 2016 which saw teams and individuals vying for top honours and bragging rights in several categories; featured an increased number of seminars and for the first time - a Streetfood Village sponsored by the Jamaica Yellow Pages.
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.
The competition was fierce, the atmosphere tense as both culinary teams and individuals from tertiary institutions, hotels and other culinary outfits vied for the coveted Best In Category awards which included among others, Chef Of The Year, Best Use Of Beef, Ice Carver Of The Year, Bartender Of The Year.
Competitiors from Sandals, Hilton Rosehall, Grand Palladium, Rock House, The Jamaica Pegasus, Holiday Inn, Knutsford Court, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Tower Isle, Goddard Catering , The Heart College Of Hospitality, Montego Bay Community College, Utech, Kenilworth & The Montego Bay Convention Center pulled out all the stops, tantalizing both our noses and tastebuds with their delightful creations.
The two day competition/expo also included cooking demos & the sampling of sponsors products. Of particular note was the vast improvement in the bar competition presentations.
Drinks & Desserts
The top achievers in Taste of Jamaica 2014, staged by The Culinary Federation of Jamaica,, will begin training almost immediately for next year’s Taste of The Caribbean Competition in Miami where they will compete for Top Caribbean Culinary Bragging Rights.
Chef Of The Year - Rochelle Grindley
Bartender Of The Year - Adrian Johnson
Pastry Chef Of The Year - Shakera Cassie
Junior Pastry Chef of the year Tiffany Grant
Ice Carver Of The Year - Rohan Henry
Best Show Piece Display - Shevon Timol
Chocolate Competition - Errol Sewell
Seafood Competition - Silverio Marrone
Pork Competition - Marlon Brown
Chicken Competition - Daven Willlis
Beef Competition Micheal Thomas
Senior Team Competition - Couples Sans Souci
Teritiary/Vocational Team - Utech
Mystery Basket - Gregory Goffe
Fruit and Veg Competition - Christopher Hobson
Wedding Cakes Sharyne Stultz
Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica, GCG Events, CPJ Foods & CPJ Wines teamed up to offer patrons an absolutely delectable culinary experience at Simply Red 2014 - the Heart Foundation Of Jamaica's Wine & Food Annual Fundraiser. Our GCG Events selection of Jerk BBQ Shrimp, Jerk Pork & Beef Sirloin Flatbreads, perfectly paired with Hob Nob Wines, to which one had the option of adding avocado, sundried tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, black olives, micro greens, fried plantain, chopped basil, capers, red onion rings, chopped scallion & chopped garlic to their choice of flatbread and topping it off with either pesto, sundried tomato, mustard or spicy sauce were a hit! .
From start to finish, GCG Events' Executive Sous Chef Garcia Brown, his team and the CPJ Wines bartenders were kept hopping as patrons piled in one after the other, some returning many times while others opted to settle in for the evening in our Tai Flora decorated mini-lounge .
The theme for this year's event was celebrating Food, Flair and Fashion and featured a number of chefs from overseas including Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks, Chef, Restaurateur & Author Andy Husbands, Steve Nookie Postal & Krysta VanWagner.
Some of our local chefs, without whose support the event would not have been possible were Karl Thomas, Nicholas Beckford, Dennis McIntosh, George Mathhews, Evrol Ebanks, Brian Lumley & Theo Smith. Best Dressed Chicken, Rainforest Seafoods, Chocolate Dreams & Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica were among the vent sponsors.
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!
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