The men behind the KgnKitchen Signature Series
Three men will converge for a culinary showcase this week, as New York city-based celebrity Chef Roblé Ali joins ranks with Brian Lumley and Colin Hylton for a Kingston Kitchen signature series event.
This three-course event will be an intimate premium dinner event that pairs local talent with an international culinary star, bringing an elevated dining experience to all Jamaicans. Just picture exquisite gastronomy, fine-wine pairing in an historical setting with three of the finest and most sought-after chefs around. Roblé, the star of the signature series jets on to the island today for a weeklong stay. Here's a look at the chefs behind the new Gleaner-sponsored signature series.
A graduate of the HEART Academy, Runaway Bay, Chef Brian Lumley has elevated the profile of young chefs in Jamaica. At 28 years old, the chef de cuisine heads up his own catering company as well as his recently opened restaurant 689 by Brian Lumley in New Kingston. He has received a number of awards and won a number of competitions for his culinary skills, including Caribbean Chef of the year at the 2013 Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. A foodie ambassador for Jamaica, both here and abroad, Lumley represented Jamaica at the Jerk Festival in New York.
The young chef rose to fame with his reality show Chef Roblé & Co, which is an American reality documentary television series on Bravo that debuted in December 2011. The series chronicles the life of celebrity chef Roblé Ali and his attempt to launch a high-end catering company in New York City with his older sister, Jasmine. Roblé attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He worked through the ranks as the youngest sous chef ever at Abigail Kirsch, an elite New York catering company, alongside Chris Santos as chef de cuisine of Restaurant Mojo, and on the opening of Stanton Social. Since then, he has cooked for the likes of R&B diva Faith Evans, Rachel Dratch, music mogul Russell Simmons and Michael Jackson.
Jamaican born and a self-taught chef, Colin Brown was inspired and coaxed to get into cooking by Jamaica's culinary grande dame, the late Norma Shirley. With that in mind, it seems like destiny that Colin's new restaurant, Guilt, is now in the same location of Norma Shirley's former restaurant at the Devon House. Known for his sweet sensory creations, as well as his explosive fusing of flavours and aromas inspired by Asia, Hylton has been recognised locally and internationally for his culinary skills.
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