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Restaurant Week Ambassadors

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 10:16 AM
Five of the 2015 RW ambassadors (from left) Gabrielle Williams, Regina McCallum, Krystal Tomlinson, Colin Hylton and Nicole Campbell as they were introduced on Sunday at the launch on Boardwalk.
Andrew Bellamy
Natasha Lee
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Today, we bring you the second set of eager Restaurant Week ambassadors as we talk food and all their gastronomic desires, which will have you salivating.

 

Natasha Lee

The 25-year-old Montegonian who has a first-class honours degree in psychology from the University of the West Indies, has embarked upon a different journey than what she and her family had originally planned.

Creativity is what truly inspires Lee and this is when she is happiest. As such, Lee is now in the Real Estate Industry with Re/Max Elite Jamaica, where she is able to use her interior decorating 'creative' skills in home staging and general decorating.

She is also the writer and editor behind her online lifestyle publication - StylishLee, which fuses her personal style, beauty, dÈcor and travel sensibilities. Lee believes her blog is more than just a fashion blog - but also an aesthetic that celebrates the little pleasures in life.

With her hectic schedule, according to Lee, nothing says weekend like the sweet smell of homemade pancakes, especially when you can eat them in your pyjamas. "I have an insane sweet tooth and my favourite meal of the day is breakfast, making pancakes my favourite thing to indulge in first thing on a Saturday morning. I make my pancakes from scratch and I'm always finding new ways to jazz it up with flavourful add-ins. Fun fact: my birthday (Sept 26) falls on National Pancake Day ... call it fate!"

But besides her delectable pancakes, the best thing she has ever had was when, "a few years ago I went on a trip to Europe with my family and there I met the pancake's skinny sister - 'the sweet crÍpe' at a French cafÈ in Germany."

Restaurant Week is a perfect fit for her. "Being the foodie that I am, I'm superanxious for this huge event that has been on my culinary calendar for months. The opportunity to experience the wide and varied culinary offerings islandwide has my tastebuds ready and eager to go!" And so is all of Jamaica.

 

ANDREW BELLAMY

CEO of the Sleek Magazine empire, Bellamy is an avid lover of all things food, culinary styles and speciality. "I have enjoyed superb food in so many Jamaican restaurants, as well as while travelling, so to give just one would be unfair. I do, however, have favourite dishes that I thoroughly enjoy from specific restaurants," he revealed to Outlook.

But not only can Bellamy enjoy a great meal, he is not too shabby in whipping up one himself. "I've been told that I make a bad piece of Seafood Alfredo Pasta." But come November 13-21, there may be no cooking in Bellamy's Kitchen as he will 'Dig in' as one of this year's Restaurant Week Ambassador - a feat he is excited about, "With so many restaurants participating in Restaurant Week 2015, there is not enough time to enjoy them all - but I will definitely try. I'm really excited about experiencing wonderful food, good company and memorable moments while exploring some of the best restaurants within various categories." And so will all of Jamaica, right along with him, come for this year's Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week.

 

Dr Germaine Spencer

Acclaimed obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Germaine Spencer is an energetic, dynamic and driven man; a dedicated husband, father of three, football enthusiast and proud Jamaica College old boy. Spencer toldOutlookhis favourite dish to prepare involves the camaraderie of being with family and close friends. “Running a boat with my brethrens, family Christmas dinners or preparing barbecue while watching the kids playing close by,” shared the doctor, of his activity outside of his scrubs. The busy doctor is looking forward to the Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week, because as he puts it, “Restaurant Week is an excuse to date my wife all over again. I am certainly looking forward to tasting some of the best food Jamaica has to offer."

 

Nicole Campbell

Mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, team leader and woman of God, Nicole Campbell also loves to eat. Best thing she has ever eaten? “Lordy, ... I am not sure. Fried breadfruit – that’s my favourite thing to eat with ackee that I love. Black cod ... I can’t choose a best thing I ever ate because I eat so many different things,” she told Outlook While two children keep her pretty busy in the kitchen, she most enjoy making potato souflée for her husband. “I like that he loves it, but I don’t know if I like preparing it as much (as he likes to eat it).” Not one to explore much with food, Campbell is looking forward to trying new things and new food adventures as one of this year’s Restaurant Week ambassadors.

 

Gabrielle Williams

Winner of The Gleaner’s social media Restaurant Week ambassador competition, this radiologic technologist is a health and fitness enthusiast and sports fanatic, who enjoys sharing personal culinary experiences from various restaurants or events on her online blog sugalifestyle.com. Of all the things she has eaten and written about, her favourite is “the lobster thermidor with Caesar salad from The Houseboat Grill in Montego Bay”. But when she gets in the kitchen, her favourite dish to prepare is baked chicken breast, olives and herbs in tomato sauce with linguine pasta, topped with parmesan cheese. Come November 13-21, Williams is looking forward to, “the creative menus, delicious and new dishes, dining with close friends and superb service with a smile.”