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Eating at the “Chef’s Table”

Chef Michael Harrison preparing his first dish of the night.

Chef Michael Harrison demonstrating one his dishes.

A culinary series – Chef’s Table – was launched tonight with the focus on everything Bajan.

Those present at intimate gathering at the launch at the Bellevue Plantation House were given regular demonstrations by master mixologist Jamaal Bowen, and chef Michael Harrison, who led the Barbados team to win Caribbean Team of the Year at Taste of the Caribbean last year.

The initiative, to be held over the next 10 months, pairs farmers with chefs and bartenders.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said the linkages developed will strengthen the supply chain and contribute to a reduction in foreign exchange leakages.

Minister Sealy

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy

The initiative is a partnership between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Barbados Manufacturing Association, Barbados Agricultural Society, ministries of agriculture and tourism and the Caribbean Cooking Channel.

BHTA president Patricia Alfonso-Dass said the Chef’s Table “allows guests to take a culinary journey scripted by the culinary artiste – the chef – using local produce as the star of the meal in a production that seeks to highlight an showcase our traditional cuisine, styled in a gourmet format and at an international standard.”

Each chef’s table event will also include mixologists who will use their creativity to concoct unique and delicious beverages, again using only local produce, to compliment and be paired with the dishes being presented by the chefs. The goal of Chef’s Table is to make the term “Buy Bajan” not a national duty, but a choice that we can and should take pride in and derive pleasure from,” she explained.

Master mixologist Jamaal Bowen preparing his first drink of the night, coconut ginger cooler.

Master mixologist Jamaal Brown preparing his first drink of the night, coconut ginger cooler.

The series will focus on dinners, lunches and wine pairing.

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