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Food Network star raves over oxtail in Ochi

Guy Fieri’s authentic Jamaican experience at Miss T’s kitchen

Sunday, March 31, 2013    

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'IT'S been an amazing year, and I'm giving thanks each day,' shares Anna-Kay Tomlinson, owner of Miss T's in Ocho Rios — a rustic Jamaican restaurant that's known as much for its healthy, comfort-style fare as for its bone-sucking, delicious oxtail.

The Jamaica Observer Mogul In The Making and Food Awards nominee was part of a Jamaican contingent of chefs who participated in the South Beach Food & Wine Festival official closing event in February — a reggae party hosted by celebrity Food Network 'rock-star' chef Guy Fieri (of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame) and Ziggy Marley.

Known for her beautiful smile, Tomlinson has been flashing even broader ones since last week Wednesday, the result of celebrity chef Fieri 'popping by for lunch' and giving her succulent oxtail rave reviews.

That, by the way, wasn't the only menu offering that tantalised his palate. For starters there were 'pick-up' saltfish, served with plantain chips and jerk chicken, followed by mains of curry goat, shrimp rundown, ackee and saltfish and bammy rounds.

While giving thanks for the international exposure and graciously accepting the good wishes from her many Facebook fans, Tomlinson said she has her sights on The White House.

"I'd love to serve Miss T's oxtail to Michelle and Barack Obama," she said.

For the woman whose credo is 'Aim High', and who simply wants to nourish with authentic home cooking, it might be simply only a matter of time.

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