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More food and rum

More food and rum

St Lucia Food and Rum Festival returns on January 12–14, 2018 with award-winning chef, television personality and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson set to explore the island’s culinary flavours. The three-day festival celebrates the island’s unique culinary offerings derived from its French, British, African and Indian heritage. It will also feature rum inspired Prix Fixe menus and […]

Chef serving up Bajan cuisine in California

Chef serving up Bajan cuisine in California

In the Bay Area, Oakland, California there’s a restaurant serving up Bajan and other West Indian cuisine to celebrities and others in the Diaspora. And the woman behind it is Barbados’ own Sarah Kirnon. Kirnon, one of California’s celebrated chefs, recently paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy who invited her to […]

The importance of accreditation

The most recent stop on my annual series of educational and refresher tours was the American Culinary Federation’s annual conference, which was held this year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. This is quite in the middle of everything — Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and every creative ride imaginable. One could only see it as […]

Tasty pork loin

This last week certainly has been an exciting one as the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) National Convention – Orlando, lived up to and surpassed expectations. This event is yet another one that clearly demonstrates the importance of gaining knowledge via the “global classroom” which we have been discussing over the last few weeks. When this […]

In the global classroom

In the global classroom

This week, we continue to discuss ways of staying informed and on top of the field of the culinary arts. As was said last time, visiting or being involved in international competition is the best form of teaching. So, right after my Taste of the Caribbean event, my travels took me to Louisville, Kentucky in the USA where […]

A culinary star in the making

A culinary star in the making

American televangelist Joel Osteen often says that “every setback is a set up for a greater comeback”. And United Kingdom-based Barbadian chef Jason Howard, currently back home for the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s Art of Cuisine 2017 – Barbados Meets the World culinary festival, is living testimony of that. Jason was born and raised in Barbados […]

The value of global exposure

This is the time of year when I do most of my travelling for inspiration and keeping up-to-date with new culinary trends. This field is extremely dynamic and, as such, it is vitally important to visit shows and conferences to stay in tune with what is happening around the world . One of the events […]

The versatile breadfruit

Breadfruit is one of the staples that most of us like to have as a part of our meal or on the menu when it is in season. It is so popular in Barbados that we often par-boil and freeze it for use during those times when it can’t be sourced. Breadfruit trees are known […]

The art of cooking Cou-Cou

Last week, it was all about “dropping knowledge” when we shared important tips about how to perfect your culinary skills. This week, we focus on a dish that many Barbadians love, yet it is one that people shy away from cooking. Our national dish, Cornmeal Cou-Cou. Many people say that Cornmeal Cou-Cou is difficult to […]

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