Chef Elvis keeping Carib cuisine alive

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, New York edition, which takes place tomorrow at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, is about food, fun and family entertainment. Chef Elvis Caribbean Cuisine has been a part of the event since its first staging eight years ago.

Operated by Jamaican Elvis Trenchfield, the restaurant is located in Freeport, New York.

“The reason why we continue to participate in the jerk festival each year is to promote my restaurant and to meet new customers. The event is also a good one, with lots of music. It's basically a fun day for all,” Trenchfield said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

He migrated to the United States from Yallahs, St Thomas, 30 years ago and settled in Freeport, a village in Nassau County, Long Island. He opened Chef Elvis Caribbean Cuisine in 2012.

“My interest in food developed from an early age. I used to watch my mother in the kitchen while in Jamaica while she prepared authentic Jamaican food. I have kept that same home-cooking in my restaurant, so I really learned from my mother. She was my inspiration for setting up my own business,” said Trenchfield.

His restaurant has one location, and employs five persons. A variety of dishes are available for the mostly Jamaican and Caribbean nationals who support the restaurant, which is open six days a week.

The menu is dominated by Jamaican favourites. They include jerked chicken, jerked pork, peppered shrimp, various seafood dishes, curried goat, and rice and peas.

According to Trenchfield, participating at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has benefited his business place.

“My experience is getting to know and share ideas with other vendors and tasting their food. The jerk festival has provided a platform for persons to know more about my restaurant,” he said.

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