Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Lifetime Achievement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lifetime-Achievement_62204 Director of Tastee Patty Simone Changpong collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award, held on the East Lawns of Devon House in Kingston. The Tastee Patty empire was founded in 1966, with its first location in Union Square, Cross Roads, Kingston 5. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chairman’s Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chairman-s-Award_62207 Proud owners of Stush in the Bush, Chris Binns (right) and his lovely wife Lisa collect the Chairman’s Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held at Devon House in Kingston. Stush in the Bush, which was started five years ago, has become a popular place for families. The Free Hill, St Ann company uses products from their organic farm for the dining experience. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fusion Nuit at Spanish Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fusion-Nuit-at-Spanish-Court_61969 With courses served on the left and wine pourings on the right, Spanish Court Hotel servers taxied the Franco-Asiatic-Caribbean cuisine of French-born, Trinidad-based executive chef Pierre-Yves Le Bihan, the patron of Port of Spain restaurant ZaZou Bistro Moderne to sequin-and-candle-topped grand table, in Valencia T, which was festively peopled with Local Food Thu, 26 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Award-winning Cayman Brasserie Chef For Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Award-winning-Cayman-Brasserie-Chef-For-Food-AwardsAward-winning-Cayman-Brasserie-Chef-For-Food-Awards-------_61808 When The Best Dressed Chicken started its search for a regional chef to bring life to their “Culinary Destination” narrative for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, the compass pointed to the Cayman Islands and Artemio Lopez, sous-chef at The Brasserie. Lopez is one of a troika of chefs that lead the culinary adventures at the Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman eatery which won the awards for Best Restaurant, Best Farm to Table and Best Place for Lunch in the inaugural Cayman Edition of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken Set To Excite With First-Class ‘Culinary Destination’ At Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-Set-To-Excite-With-First-Class--Culinary-Destination--At-Jamaica-Observer-Table-Talk-Food-Awards_61809 The Best Dressed Chicken has recruited four of Jamaica’s leading chefs to tantalise the taste buds this evening at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Table Talk Food Awards Tonight! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Table-Talk-Food-Awards-Tonight-_61815 The Jamaica Observer has been officially celebrating the pleasures of the table for 18 years. This year the Table Talk Food Awards judges kicked off the season of discovery, tasting and learning in February with a visit to a local surfers’ destination called Longboarder’s Bar & Grill. We have been plugging away at it almost non-stop weekly, some of us a few pounds heavier, visiting old and new food spots and trying new food products. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Making The Pitch! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Making-The-Pitch--_62043 Judges, college students from the nation’s leading culinary institutions, and foodies alike assembled inside The Valencia Room at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday for rounds of presentations, critique and insight into the world of sustainable business practices for this edition of the Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar dubbed ‘The Pitch’. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Five Table Talk Food Awards scholarship recipients named http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Five-Table-Talk-Food-Awards-scholarship-recipients-named-_61823 FIVE outstanding students from the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are this year’s beneficiaries of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards scholarships and bursary. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Counting Down to the 18th Annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards - 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Counting-Down-to-the-18th-Annual-Jamaica-Observer-Table-Talk-Food-Awards-2_61187 SoSo Seafood Bar and Grill Local Food Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Choosing Wine For The beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Choosing-Wine-For-The-beach_61154 It was a beach day for me last Sunday with close friends. Naturally it fell to me to bring the wine. The international wine press is filled with articles on wine selections for warm weather only in the summer time. Happily we live in Jamaica where we have perpetual summer. Here are a few of my suggestions. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT And Then There Were THREE! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/And-Then-There-Were-THREE-_61302 The Chef on the Rise competition, a popular off-shoot of the multi-faceted Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards vehicle — sponsored for a second year by directory brand Jamaica Yellow Pages — plucked from obscurity a team of nine emerging chefs, chosen to vie for the rewards of the aforementioned title. Food Awards Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Counting Down... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Counting-Down----_61156 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Parish judge Dr Claudine Lewis, cardiologist, went in search of Tikka Masala at Mystic India… Food Awards Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Regency Bar Lounge at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel presents… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Regency-Bar-Lounge-at-the-Terra-Nova-All-Suite-Hotel-presents_60550    Cheers! Local Food Thu, 12 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Five Words To Add To Your Wine Lingo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Five-Words-To-Add-To-Your-Wine-Lingo-_60453 There are many industries that have words related specifically to them. Unfortunately the wine industry does not have its own terms, but rather uses regular words in ways that can confuse people who are new to the world of wine. We all have different tastes, and this leads us to describe what we are tasting in different ways. A few words have emerged as standard when describing the characteristics of wine, so you need to understand their meanings to successfully order what you like in a restaurant or in a wine shop. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT The search for the best of the best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-search-for-the-best-of-the-best_59662 Food Awards judges Jodi Henriques and Chris Reckord hear Michael Erskine and Camille Shields loud and clear but invite them to visit Kingston and try not only the curried goat but the oxtail at Asia’s Cafe inside York Pharmacy not to mention Claudette Tenn’s curried goat, stewed pork and oxtail at M10. There’s Triple T too, at Annette Crescent — and let us not forget Lorna’s at 189 Mountain View Avenue —the search for the best of the best is on in earnest Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fried Plantains, Anyone? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fried-Plantains--Anyone-_59894 Counting Down to the 18th Annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-on-Show_59300 Chefs on Show was not short of good food, refreshing beverages and an ambience of culinary expertise at every turn.The Gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel were transformed into a food paradise last Wednesday, with some 18 chefs displaying their culinary skills, all for a worthy cause. Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cathrine Kennedy shares a few of her culinary stops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cathrine-Kennedy-shares-a-few-of-her-culinary-stops_59853 Counting Down To The 18th Annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, Thursday, May 26, 2016... Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge Cathrine Kennedy shares a few of her culinary stops Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best local offerings search - Rochelle Cameron http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rochelle-Cameron---best-local-offerings-search_59851 Counting Down to the 18th Annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, Thursday, May 26, 2016... Our Food Awards judges are eating their way across Jamaica in search of the best local offerings Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT A career in wines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-career-in-wines_59647 How do you find the topics to write about every week? This is one of questions I am frequently asked. My reply is always the same: “It’s a struggle; however, I tend to be guided by the many questions I am asked weekly. “ Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Claudette’s Top Class Restaurant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Claudette-s-Top-Class-Restaurant2016-05-05T01-23-35 Curried goat is a staple on menus across Jamaica. But not all curries are created equal. Parish judges Camille Shields and Michael Erskine give the nod — Best Place To Enjoy Curried Goat — to Claudette Braham at Claudette’s Top Class Restaurant, which is situated at the top of Spur Tree Hill in Manchester. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 May 2016 03:19:30 GMT A Delightfully Exotic Array of Modern Asian Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Delightfully-Exotic-Array-of-Modern-Asian-Cuisine_59839 I’m finding it very interesting lately that, in order to create blue oceans for themselves, restaurateurs are breaking with tradition and a new level of creativity is arising. Viva la foodies thinking outside of the box! Local Food Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Solid Dose of Family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Solid-Dose-of-Family_59065 The story behind every success has its own unique touch. André Fowles’ stellar performance on the highly acclaimed Food Network TV ’s Chopped Champions is a success story. But the road to glory was not an easy route, and Fowles credits his success to his family. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Earning his chops! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Earning-his-chops-_59066 With the Rock’s flavourful involvement at the centre of the much buzzed about Season 5 of the Chopped Champions tournament, which airs on the Food Network , via the gastronomic acumen of the 27-year-old wunderkind André Fowles, that impressive chef de cuisine chef from the kitchen of the popular Miss Lily’s Restaurant, in the Big Apple, all eyes were fixed on the Tuesday, April 26 season finale where Fowles would match up against the last remaining Chopped Champion Adam Greenberg. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Le Dîner en Blanc - Take 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Le-D-ner-en-Blanc_58174 Thursday Life plates the final course of the spectacular picnic that took place on Saturday, April 16, at the Usain Bolt Regupol Track at UWI Mona Bowl, for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT