Meet Sous Chef Rochelle Grindley

By: Team Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica

Jamaican awarding-winning Sous Chef Rochelle Grindley is one of the few successful female chefs in a male-dominated field. She is enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate about ‘food’.

After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, majoring in Culinary Arts Management, Sous Chef Grindley was granted an Observer Food Awards Scholarship in 2008. This afforded her the opportunity to complete a year in Management Training at the Sandals Resorts International Group where she honed and expanded her culinary skills.

Sous Chef Grindley is currently part of the Culinary Management Team at the ever-popular Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records where she is constantly creating new delights for a discerning clientele.

Rochelle has won several distinguished awards and medals both locally and internationally, the latest being the Double Silver in the Cheesecake & Seafood Competitions at the Taste of the Caribbean 2013.

Highlighted Foods

Passion Fruit Bavarian stacked on a white chocolate mousse, with a ginger cookie swan and dark chocolate petals
Calaloo wrapped seafood log, Pulled Jerk Chicken and smoked Gouda Stuffed pork Tender Loin, served with a spicy curry cornmeal porridge pudding polenta with a duo of savory chocolate sauce and pumpkin sauce.

Achievements

  •  Jamaica Observer Food Award  Scholarship
  • The Winifred Almond Award for Most outstanding Artistic and Creative Student  in  Food Preparation  University of Technology
  • Culinary Arts Club President 2008-2009
  • Taste of  the Caribbean Silver medal – Junior Chef of the Year
  • Taste of  the Caribbean 2011, Gold Medal Team and award for Most Innovative Menu
  • World Skills Cooking Competitor for Jamaica 2011
  • Taste Of  Jamaica, Gold Medal Winner, and Award for “The Best Use of Tilapia” 2011
  • Taste of  the Caribbean 2012 Bronze Medal Winner “Team of the Year”.
  • Taste of the Caribbean 2012 Bronze Medal Winner “Cheese Competition”
  • Chef Of The Year 2014
  •  Jamaica Observer Food Award  Scholarship
  • The Winifred Almond Award for Most outstanding Artistic and Creative Student  in  Food Preparation  University of Technology
  • Culinary Arts Club President 2008-2009
  • Taste of  the Caribbean Silver medal – Junior Chef of the Year
  • Taste of  the Caribbean 2011, Gold Medal Team and award for Most Innovative Menu
  • World Skills Cooking Competitor for Jamaica 2011
  • Taste Of  Jamaica, Gold Medal Winner, and Award for “The Best Use of Tilapia” 2011
  • Taste of  the Caribbean 2012 Bronze Medal Winner “Team of the Year”.
  • Taste of the Caribbean 2012 Bronze Medal Winner “Cheese Competition”
  • Chef Of The Year 2014

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