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Jamaica Cooks Up A Storm

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ImageJamaican culinary expert and Executive Chef of Half Moon Resort Stephen Sowa (pictured) led the Jamaica National Culinary Team, The Irie Chefs, to a bronze medal at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Taste of the Caribbean. The event, which is the Caribbean’s premier food and wine festival, was held in Puerto Rico earlier this month and featured a culinary showdown of top teams from across the region. Each team was given a set time in which to create and submit a menu from products kept secret until the start of the showdown. Teams were judged on taste, execution of skills and presentation.

To whet the appetites of the judges, Jamaica’s Irie Chefs prepared a chicken and corn "muffin" with sorrel surprise on a roasted pumpkin and ginger pond with avocado cream. The main course consisted of pork, coriander and cashew sausage on jerk chocolate sauce, and a plantain and shrimp sandwich on curry coconut rundown with smoked pineapple and strawberry salsa. The dessert was a sweet surprise with pumpkin, oregano and cheese "toto" with Blue Mountain coffee cream and passion fruit coulis plantain and kidney bean pudding guava sauce and rum-papaya compote.

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