The Chefs - Jamaica Food & Drink Festival
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The Chefs

DENNIS
Dennis McIntosh

Hats off to this multi-award winning gourmet master, who chooses to actively advance the Jamaican gastronomic sphere through education and industry building as Chairman of the Culinary Federation of Jamaica.

DALE DELISSER
Dale Delisser

This meat-loving, backyard-barbequing foodie proved his grill skills when he beat classically trained chefs in the first ever ‘Top Hog’ competition. Can he regain the title this year…?

HALEEM CARD
Haleem Card

Die hard pork lover. Un-classically trained by the Food Network. Rebellious millennial whose curiosity and adventure boldly blossom through his food, earning him due credit to stand alongside the best in the biz.

CHRIS NAKASH
Chris Nakash

Who’s been to the American Royal in Kansas City, dubbed, the ‘world series of BBQ’ and walked away as Champion? Chris has! It’s safe to say he’ll up the ante for Pork Palooza’s ‘Top Hog’.

DAVID
David “Sheriff” Bucknor

Proprietor of Sheriff Gourmet BBQ, David is known for his grilled, barbequed and jerked Jamaican favourite meats, and not-so- traditional meats. Think tambarin lamb, rosemary rabbit and garlic molasses deer.

THEO
Theo Smith

Don’t let the baby face fool you! He owns his own catering company and has a number of accolades under his apron including the Golden Spoon for “Best Use of Pork” at the Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition in 2012. Sounds like the “Top Hog”?

ANNA-KAY
Anna Kay Tomlinson

Affectionately known as “Miss T”, Anna-Kay fulfilled her dream when she opened doors to her restaurant Miss T’s Kitchen in 2009 and she’s been bringing fine Jamaican country cooking to folks for years ever since.

SHEA
Shea Stewart

His “Bachelor Chef Cookout” fans will testify that this Kingstonian simply does. food. well. Ensuring an ambiance that only intensifies his clients’ dining experience – now that’s just part of his MO.

DEBE
Débè-Ann Lange-Chen

A Trini with an affinity for Jamaica, Debe leaves footprints in food industries country to country. When not creating menus of 7-course wine pairings, she’s masterminding recipes for international clients like Kraft.

GAIRY
Gairy Bowes

As a youngster, he loved cooking in his mother’s kitchen. Today, he’s been as far as Holland to display his culinary skills by cooking competitions worldwide. Known to cater only at the best events and private functions, when he is not creating meals, he is in his garden tending his orchids or beach fishing.

DOMINIC
Dominic Pearson

This proud Montegonian strayed to Kingston in 2005 and started cooking purely for survival using only a microwave. Countless hours of Food Network later he tried his hand at BBQ. The purchase of a Weber grill and gift of a Bobby Flay cookbook lead to an obsession with preparing robust, delicious BBQ fare. Dom’s home is now a Sunday staple for friends and family be it for his signature ribs, rustic handmade pizza or a new culinary adventure.

CHRISTIAN
Christian Sweeney

A love affair with food that started from age nine led Christian to obtain his Bachelor’s in Culinary Management at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Having consulted and catered for events since 2003, Christian decided to open Fuzion Food Service in 2010. Today his name is among only the best in the industry, specifically known to fuse the mostly oddly paired foods into pure gastronomic bliss.

ALEXA
Alexa Von Strolley

This cool kid on the young chef block has been playing devil’s advocate to traditional Jamaican tastebuds with her risqué recipes. Her newly opened Kayter restaurant has become the playground for gastronomic masterminds where trial and error and kitchen fun result in bold, new, and adventurous fusions to please the true foodie.

LORRAINE
Lorraine Fung

A well-respected name in the industry for over 30 years catering for Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Diplomatic Corps, party-goers, and at countless private and charity events. Lorraine has certainly earned her 4 time “Caterer of the Year” award by the Jamaica Food Awards.

REBECCA
Rebecca Karram

Raised in a Lebanese household, Rebecca was always surrounded by excellent cooks and delicious food. After graduating with a Culinary Arts & Food Service Management Degree from Johnson & Wales Uni, she’s now one of the rising young bringing global exposure of different flavours to Jamaica.

SUZANNE
Suzanne Couch

A long love affair with food and music has made Su a go-to name in the industry for over 30 years. With her passion was fuelled by watching her mother in the kitchen and since, she’s passed the torch to her daughter and when they pair it’s a tantalizing mother-daughter duo.

SORA
Sora Japanese Cuisine

Since a lad, owner Hiromasa ‘Peavey’ Takahashi has been fascinated with the art of cooking and it’s safe to say he perfected his art at former Hilton Hotel in Kingston as a Japanese chef. W With head chef Koichi Matsumoto, Sora woos foodies with delectable handmade oriental foods while fusing Jamaican cuisines.

DAWN
Dawn Mitchell

Dawn has had a self-proclaimed love affair with dessert for over a decade now. Having studied at the French Culinary Institute New York and interned with Ron Ben Isreal, Dawn is back in Jamaica today as one of the most sought-after dessert chefs.

GARIEL
Gariel Ferguson

Renowned as the man who can seriously throw down when it comes to ribs – smoked, braised, BBQ’d or grilled, the man behind Rib Kage and G’s BBQ will leaving you licking your fingers and wanting more.

CHINA_EXPRESS
china express

A hallmark at the Courtyard in Market Place, China Express embodies authentic Chinese cuisine in every sense. Founder and original Head Chef Mr Wong had amassed over three decades of expertise in creating Szechwan, Hunan, Shanghai, Peking and Cantonese dishes and has created a legacy with China Express standing firm for 15 years, receiving accolade after accolade.

RAINFOREST
Evrol Ebanks

Executive Chef for Rainforest Seafoods, Evrol has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and is passionate about transform the way Jamaicans view seafood by elevating expectations and palettes.

NIRVANA
Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine

Complemented by an aesthetic balance of ethnic and contemporary Moroccan design accenting a rich Indian palace ambience, the food is guaranteed to intensify your rousing Indian culinary experience with sweet and savoury pan Asian fusions.

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Zen Japanese Cuisine

Authentic Japanese cuisine at its finest.

TAMARIND
Tamarind Continental Cuisine

This cozy Kingston retreat offers a fusion of culture and palates with vibrant colours and opulent aromas, serving a seriously wide selection of foods from Asia and Europe, entangled in Indian spices.

MYSTIC
Mystic Thai

Traditional Eastern pan-Asian cuisines influence the Jamaican west, and so this Mobay hot spot blends Thai, Chinese and Indian into one palatable symphony of sweet and sour, bitter and salty, fused delicacy, and is determined to win over Kingston with its first time at JFDF.

MARK
Mark Cole

THE Jamaica Pegasus Executive Chef has created pure culinary divineness for President Barack Obama, Prince Harry and Princess Anne. But can he thrill you? He dares to delight at Crisp.

CHRISTINA
Christina Simonitsch

Having spent her childhood in the Half Moon famed kitchen tailing her father, Christina was only 14 when she headed to Villa Blanka Hotel College in Austria. Now back in Jamaica, she’s created her company Simo’s Bread & Catering, focusing on speciality breads and pastries.

DIONNE
Smoked Marlin

Having worked in kitchens since 16, this Hospitality Tourism graduate is half the father-daughter duo behind the Hopewell Hanover rustic seaside eatery. Think home-cooked comfort food with a cosmopolitan flair and gourmet-style presentation.

ANDRE
Andre Sewell

Cue curiosity and a longing for new flavours. Enter stage left, a graphic and tech pro with a God-given talent in the kitchen. Chef Sewell’s audience of thousands of social media followers today are watching him make his moves in the industry with the growing success of his 218 Gourmet catering company.

DWAYNE
Dwayne Smalling “The Bearded Chef”

Inspired by his father and their leisurely Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, Chef Dwayne Smalling has had a 15 year romance with food. Dubbed The Bearded Chef, Dwayne is the Executive Chef Rick’s Café Negril and is currently partnering with Los Angeles lifestyle group Regium Concierge to open L.A’s first ever Caribbean Fusion restaurant!

BLUE-RIDGE
Blue Ridge

With a degree in Culinary Arts, Chef Sarah Willers opened her first restaurant, Chu’s in Miami. Today, she partners with bestie Tabetha Phillips to lead the breathtakingly whimsical culinary experience at Blue Ridge Restaurant & Cottages in the Blue Mountains.

Lij Heron

Chef Lij is a multiple award-winning Generation Xer, Executive Chef with “7 Diamond” hotel experience in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, USA and the Caribbean. Having been privileged enough to cook for kings, princes and world leaders, this Jamaican chef ensures to bring the same level of service to everyone who dines in his hotels.

Lij
Cindy

Cynthia Hutson

Cindy Hutson’s culturally diverse and seasonally driven culinary style is heavily influenced by her extensive travel and food history. Her signature “Cuisine of the Sun” is a self-coined approach that means to create without limits and cook everything under the sun, infusing nuances of her famous island flavours throughout.

Nadine Hoballah-Burie

This lovely Ivory Coast-born born patisserie walked away with the Jing Shi Award for Dessert Chef of The Year at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards in 2016. Nadine fashions her decadent desserts with creativity and great attention to detail, leaving clients to enjoy every savoury bite.

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SIMON
Simon Levy

Friends, fire, food and Friday nights turned into catering and grilling competitions, which led to the birth of Roast, a one man brand providing artisan meats to foodies at intimate dinners, music festivals and everywhere in between.

COLLIN
Colin Hylton

One of Jamaica’s most sought-after consultancy chefs and founder of the once widely popular Guilt Trip restaurant, Colin’s been brining creative and ambrosial feasts to persons in Jamaica for 30 years. His passion for food? Level: He has a dining room in his bedroom.

JACQUI
Jacqui Tyson

Classically trained in Switzerland, Jacqui has established a solid repute in the industry for the past 20 years as a celebrated chef, top food consultant and a food stylist with a lavish eye for tablescape! Oh… Jacqui’s signature dish… mango glazed pigs tail is to die for!

STUSH
Stush in the Bush

From farm to table, Lisa & Chris offer an unforgettable dining experience using fresh local produce straight from their farm. Homemade sauces, pestos, butters and preservatives on their fiyah grilled pizzas with ripe plantain, roasted eggplant… now that’s vegan heaven!

CHARISSA
Charissa Henry

After graduating with a Degree in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales, the girl with the pink apron has been making waves in the Jamaican food arena for the past 3 years with her modern take Mexican, Asian and Jamaican fusions.

ALLISON
Allison Smalling

This foodie turned homegrown chef turned cuisine artist by virtue of a classic combination of raw talent, practicing her craft for family and friends. A newbie in the industry, Alli has been making waves with her modern twists on traditional favourites.

OJI
Oji Jaja

When the modern foodie raises a challenge for new and exciting, Jamaican but International… Oji accepts and performs, perfecting daring modern fusions. Think BBQ Jerk Tofu, Almond Crusted Snapper Filet and Scotch Bonnet Pumpkin Ragout.

OPA
OPA!

Born in Greece, Alexx has made a home in Jamaica, having opened OPA! Greek Restaurant, which grabs the attention of curious Jamaicans who wish to explore Greek cuisine. Alexx walked away with “Best New Caterer” at the 2015 Food Awards.

Fowles
Andre Fowles

Childhood days watching Mama Cherry make her sweet potato pudding influenced this Central Kingston born bloke’s journey to being the first Jamaican dubbed 2-time Food Network ‘Chopped’ champion, and Chef de Cuisine at renowned Miss Lily’s in New York. Chef Fowles continues to take the world by storm with his Jamaican fusions.

FROMAGE
Fromage gourmet market/brasserie

Europe meets Jamaica. A fusion of both cuisines and cultured ambiance. Think wines around the world, gourmet food with a twist of local fare. Handcrafted food and locally sourced ingredients made with lots of love.

Chocolate Dreams

Chocolatier Michelle Smith knows just how to satisfy your sweet tooth with her chocolate covered treats that ooze all sorts of sweet goodness. Leaving dessert for the end of the night may just prove to be nonsense as you indulge in your chocolate dreams.

ROUSSEAU-SISTERS

Michelle & Suzanne Rousseau

These Jamaican sisters and business partners have spent the last 23 years exploring the culture and identity of Caribbean food. As former restaurateurs and award-winning caterers they have cooked for a range of clients: from the Prince of Wales, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica to celebrities like Ewan MacGregor.  Over their many years in business they have owned and operated a series of food establishments and have consulted with a variety of restaurants in Kingston and the North Coast.

 

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Michelle and Suzanne, between 2014 and 2015 completed the production and filming of two seasons of their local food and travel show “Two Sisters and a Meal.” Additionally, they served as executive producers and hostesses for the web series “Island Potluck” which was created in conjunction with the Jamaica Tourist Board, and published a cookbook of the same name.

Lij

LIJ HERON

Chef Lij is a multiple award-winning Generation Xer, Executive Chef with “7 Diamond” hotel experience in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, USA and the Caribbean. Having been privileged enough to cook for kings, princes and world leaders, this Jamaican chef ensures to bring the same level of service to everyone who dines in his hotels.

LIJ HERON

Chef Lij is a multiple award-winning Generation Xer, Executive Chef with “7 Diamond” hotel experience in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, USA and the Caribbean. Having been privileged enough to cook for kings, princes and world leaders, this Jamaican chef ensures to bring the same level of service to everyone who dines in his hotels.

Cindy
Fowles

ANDRE FOWLES

Childhood days watching his grandmother ‘Mama Cherry’ make her sweet potato pudding influenced this Central Kingston born gentleman’s journey to being the first Jamaican dubbed 2-time Food Network ‘Chopped’ champion, and Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Miss Lily’s in New York. Chef Fowles continues to take the world by storm with his Jamaican fusions.

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