Meet Executive Chef Fredrick Gayle

By: Team Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica

Born in a small district called Friendship Strawberry in the parish of Westmoreland, Fredrick Gayle attended the Strawberry All Age and was awarded a space at Frome secondary School now Frome Technical High.

Chef Gayle started working in the hotel industry at the Half Moon Beach Resort and Spa in 1986 at the age of 18 years as a dishwasher. While in that capacity, Fredrick’s zest for knowledge and love for cooking resulted in him assisting the cooks in peeling potatoes and prepping vegetables before his shift began and after the end of his shift. He was eventually promoted to the position of prep cook and over a span of (4) four years, became a Sous Chef.

Fredrick went on to pursue an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts at Hocking Technical College in the United States of America, where he graduated with honors. Since then, Gayle has worked in various hotels in Jamaica including properties such as The Ritz Carlton Resort & Spa, Coyaba Beach Resort & Spa, Dragon Bay Beach Resort, and Seawind Beach Resorts, in addition to international properties such as the Ramada Inn Hotel, Hyatt Regency Ohio and Hyatt Regency Crown Center Missouri all in the USA.

Interestingly, after leaving the prestigious Half Moon Beach resort & Spa for about (12) twelve years, Fredrick was rehired as their very first Jamaican Executive Chef in Twenty Five (25) years and presently holds that same title in the largest  Spanish owned hotel in Jamaica- Grand Palladium Hotels and Resorts as the first and only Jamaican Executive Chef in a Spanish Hotel in Jamaica.

Gayle has won for himself a myriad of accolades in the ‘Jamaica and International Culinary Arts’ competition. He represented Jamaica on the 1997 Junior Culinary Olympic Team to Toronto Canada and was featured in many local and international newspapers and has thrilled the palates of famous personalities around the world.

Highlighted Foods

Pacific Blue Fin Toro in a Sugar Cane Spoon, Yukke Sauce, Seared Japanese Eggplant, Salmon Caviar, and Thai Vinaigrette.
Atlantic Blue Tail Shrimp & Brazilian Black Eyed Peas Fritter with Cashew Sauce, Chimichurri Salsa, and Caramelized Onions
Wild Rabbit Terrine with Pan-Seared Duck Foie Gras on a Bed of Baby Greens, Chardonnay Grape “Gusto” and drizzled with Truffle Vinaigrette

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