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Jamaican cuisine on show in Washington

Wednesday, February 26, 2014    

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JAMAICA'S cuisine took the spotlight at the Taste of Travel Stage, held at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre, in the United States capital last weekend.

Chef at the Embassy of Jamaica Sherene James, who represented the island, displayed her creativity during a live demonstration of how to prepare an array of Jamaican dishes. Hundreds of patrons viewed the preparation of some of Jamaica's jerk dishes and also had the opportunity to sample the offerings.

Jerk salmon, tilapia salsa and jerk chicken were three of the dishes prepared by James who also gave the audience a lesson in making Jamaica's famous jerk sauce from scratch, with fresh herbs. Her demonstrations were well received, with many of the visitors requesting the recipes.

James is a graduate of the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel and Training Institute in St Ann.

Meanwhile, Sherrie Williams of the District of Columbia Tourism Department said they were more than happy to sponsor Jamaica at this year's Taste of Travel Stage and to showcase the country's cuisine. She pointed out that the island has a very rich history and is a popular destination which attracts many visitors from Washington, DC

Just over 20,000 consumers attended the two-day travel show which had more than 200 exhibitors participating in the event.

— JIS

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