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'Taste the Islands' season two looks awesome!

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 12:12 AM
Haitian Chef Thia (left), island explorer Lisa Lee (centre) and Jamaican Chef Irie.

Taste the Islands is a Caribbean cooking series distributed by PBS - an American public television station - in which the hosts explore traditional and gourmet Caribbean dishes and offer tips on ethnic ingredients and unique preparation methods. The second season of the show is slated for a June 2017 release, and thanks to the show's season two underwriting partners Barbados, Grace Foods, Lakay Foods, Caribbean Airlines and Wright Style Clothing production has already been completed.

Season one premiered April 4, 2015 on PBS, then, in June 2015, the series was picked up by Create TV, making it available in more than 40 states. It is the first Caribbean cooking series, and the first series produced and hosted by Jamaicans, to air nationwide on US public television.

However, in the last few weeks before delivery, the producers have initiated a crowd-funding campaign on the Indiegogo platform to help raise funds needed to cover the last of the show's broadcast expenses.

The crowd-funding pitch includes details from Calibe Thompson, the show's executive producer about the struggles the team went through to bring the series to air.




"I sold my car, ate just-add-water pancakes from a box, and rode a bicycle for a few months to come up with the funds to get production on season one started. We found some camera guys, shot some cooking scenes in a friend's kitchen. I edited everything ... and then it all sat on my computer for a year. Through our preparedness and chef connections, we had the opportunity to present the finished pilot to our local PBS affiliate, and the rest was history," Thompson said.

History is still in the making. The team that brought the first Jamaican-produced and Jamaican-hosted programme on public television in the States is now asking the audience that supported them the first time around to put its money where their mouth is, so to speak.

"In Jamaica we say 'one one cocoa full basket', meaning we'll get to our goal a little at a time. The basket is almost full, but we need a few more cocoas to get us to the finishing point," Thompson said.

Season two of Taste the Islands, will feature Haitian Chef Thia and island explorer Lisa Lee, along with original host, Jamaican Chef Irie.

Watch the promotional clip for Taste the Islands season two at or on the Indiegogo page.

Benefits for supporters of the campaign, including signed cookbooks, early access to watch the episodes before they hit television and even lifetime on-screen acknowledgement for individuals and companies during the broadcast.

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