Dinner At Seven Prime

8 oz grilled tenderloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Seven Prime Restaurant is a quiet oasis on Montego Bay’s famed Gloucester Ave, referred to as the Hip Strip (bottom road, as the locals say) and, unlike its counterparts that feature balcony views of the Caribbean Sea, Seven Prime sits to the back of Altamont West Hotel. This unique setting of ... Read More

New York University Food Studies master’s student and second-generation Jamaican Briana Riddock — an Atlanta, Georgia-born aspiring chef — greeted our lens ahead of last Saturday’s dinner party that featured her culinary handiwork. (KENYON HEMANS) Briana’s Homecoming
It’s been four long years since Briana Riddock last visited The Rock. The Atlanta, Georgia-bor ... Read More

Berbett Samuels Bell
Range Chef, The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites (Garfield Robinson) Chefs to watch 2017 - The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites
Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the ... Read More

Take a seat at the newly opened Reggae Mill Bar at Devon House, where you can sip signature cocktails and nibble on Jamaican-themed fare like jerk chicken wings and salt fish fritters. (JOSEPH WELLINGTON) THE REGGAE MILL BAR
On the hunt for a new watering hole? We recommend the just-opened Reggae Mill Bar inside The Devons ... Read More

Third Time’s the Charm for Moet

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Cheers from the Wray & Nephew team (Observer)

Third time’s the charm for Moët & Chandon as they partner once more with Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston for the island’s premier secret event. Celebrating gastronomy and friendship the event welcomes all to feast and frolic at a dinner party like no other. “Le Dîner en Blanc is a one-of-a-kind picnic-style global event and due to its Parisian roots enforces a wine and Champagne-only policy. This, coupled with the fact that the event always leaves it ... Read More

Get Creative For Le Dîner en Blanc...

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Attractive cold cuts and condiments are perfect for Le Diner en Blanc. (Contributed)

Le Dîner en Blanc may be best known for its ability to transform a public space into a veritable sea of white — both with the décor and the mustsee fashions that come with it — but as half of its name suggests, the affair is really all about the gastronomic experience. Award-winning chef and caterer Celeste Gordon is one of the featured caterers at this year’s Le Dîner en Blanc and has been a part of the event since it came to Kingston, Jamaica. No stranger ... Read More

Looking for great value from Bordeaux? try Cru Bourgeois!

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

The peaceful, zen-like surroundings at Chateau Magnol, our home while in Bordeaux. (Christopher Reckord)

A few weeks ago, while dining at one of Kingston’s popular wine destinations, a friend asked me to recommend a bottle of wine for his table. After my usual clarifying questions, I went back to look at the wine selection and decided to choose an old world wine (wines from Europe) instead of the usual new world (wines from everywhere else) fruit bombs that this group was used to drinking. I eventually settled on a bottle of Château Magnol, which is a very pleasant and approachable ... Read More

Speakeasy at the Melia Braco Resort Part 1

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Ostrich loin, sweet potato scone, cape gooseberry jus. (Christopher Reckord)

Last Saturday, members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society, checked into the Melia Braco Resort in Trelawny to attend “Speakeasy” hosted inside the 876 Prime Restaurant where hosts Maitre hotelier Dimitris Kosvogiannis, Melia’s general manager, and Executive Chef Frederick Gayle promised a memorable evening. What is a Speakeasy? Between 1920 and 1933, the USA had outlawed the manufacturing, sale, ... Read More

Chefs to watch for 2017 - The Knutsford Court Hotel

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Carlos Alphanso Vincent - Junior Chef, Knutsford Court Hotel 

Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from The Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston. Jamique Mair Junior Chef, The Knutsford Court Hotel I think there was no way around it, cooking chose me! Whilst growing up I always knew I was destined to become a chef. My first love was pastry, so my dream was to be a pastry chef. I loved sweets and pastries, so what ... Read More

Chefs to watch for 2017 - Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Rian Gray,Pastry Chef at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Jewel)

Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall respectively. Donald Harrison Sous-chef at Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa Chef Donald Harrison’s appreciation for food was developed at a young age. During his formative years, he had visions of going in a different direction, having majored in carpentry at high ... Read More

Big Bengtsson Theory

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

As saxophonist Howard Messam played, the cityscape paid homage to the Iberostarchef On Tour’s latest  import’s adopted city. (ANTONIO GRAHAM)

The Rock arm of the international Iberostarchef On Tour series remained in Scandinavian territory as the Danish Ronny Embory passed the culinary baton to Swede Emma Bengtsson, both Michelin-star peers and New York City residents. Pastry chef-cum-executive chef Bengtsson, who earned a second Michelin-star — two stars translate to “excellent cooking, worth a detour or table excellente, mérite un détour” — for her employer, the Aquavit restaurant, b ... Read More

Recipe Corner... The Centro Restaurant of the Courtyard Marriott

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Courtyard Marriott head chef Coatiest Gabbidon (Naphtali Junior)

Perhaps the city’s best kept secret is the stylish fare that is plated daily at The Centro Restaurant of the Courtyard Marriott in New Kingston. Managing the process is head chef Coatiest Gabbidon, who joined the team in September 2015. Indeed, Gabbidon entered the food business as a supermarket bag packer but was quickly promoted to meat-cutting attendant shortly after leaving high school. This early exposure in the food industry along with his avid interest in creating meals quickly led ... Read More

Wines from Croatia

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

The wines are available in 1 litre, .75 litre and .187 litre bottle sizes. (Christopher Reckord)

The Stari Grad Plain, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Hvar, Croatia, is an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists dating back to the 4th century, and is still operating today. This makes Croatia one of the oldest wine-producing nations in the world, albeit ranking 30th in terms of volume. Croatia has two main wine regions: Continental (Kontinetalna) and Coastal (Primorska) which are made up of over 300 geographically defined wine-producing ar ... Read More

Succulent Seafood Eats

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Lobster was a crowd favourite based on the reasonable prices. (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

The return of the Rainforest Seafood Festival was clearly a welcomed addition to this year’s foodie calendar as hundreds of patrons turned out ahead of the 11:00 am start yesterday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre. Patrons were treated to tasty offerings from several food purveyors serving up lobster, conch, fish done in several ways, shrimp and several seafood mixes. Jerk fish from Little Ochie was a standout. It was clearly a day for family fun and food and several family mem ... Read More



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