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Jamaica to bring bold island flavour to South Beach festival - Renowned line-up of chefs to deliver mashup of bold ­Caribbean flavours at Taste Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The best of Jamaican cuisine is returning to the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF). For the second consecutive year, award-winning chefs for Taste Jamaica, presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Tourism Enhancement Fund, will take over the historic National Hotel on South Beach on Friday, February 21. Hosted by J.J. Johnson and Andre Fowles, Jamaica’s top culinary talent will serve up a cornucopia of Jamaican flavour, rum, and rhythm.

“Taste Jamaica highlights fresh, innovative takes on traditional Jamaican cooking, ­incorporating popular ingredients people know and love,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica Tourist Board’s deputy director of tourism, sales. “It is a perfect opportunity for foodies to get a sampling of the culinary culture that makes Jamaica a top destination for diverse cuisine.”

Following a sold-out debut in 2019, the event is bringing together James Beard Award-winning Chef J.J. Johnson of Field Trip in Harlem, New York, and Chef Andre Fowles, culinary ambassador for Jamaican cuisine and owner of Everything Food, based in New York, NY, as hosts for the evening soirée. Curated by an eclectic line-up of talented chefs, the menu will celebrate classic flavours and ingredients of Jamaica, while incorporating exciting twists to staples such as jerk-style dishes, ackee and salt fish, breadfruit and more.

Participating chefs include:

n Samantha Davis-Allonce, FieldTrip (New York)

n Winston Grant, Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant (Miami)

n Charissa Henry-Skyers, Pink Apron Jamaica (Kingston)

n Cindy Hutson & Delius Shirley, Ortanique on the Mile (Miami)

n Oji Jaja, Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant (Kingston)

n Dennis Kerr, Dunkunoo Jamaican Kitchen (Miami)

n Geoff Lee, Makka & Mana Poke (Miami)

n Kalisa Martin, Kalisa Marie Eats (Philadelphia)

n Matthew McDonald, National Hotel (Miami)

n Christina Simonitsch, Simo’s (Montego Bay)

n Wenford Patrick Simpson, Walkerswood Caribbean Foods (New York)

n Hugh Sinclair, Chef Irie Spice (Miami)

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. All proceeds from the festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. To date, SOBEWFF has raised more than $30 million for the School.

Taste Jamaica will take place on Friday, February 21, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the National Hotel, 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).

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