Modern Jamaican Cuisine: Genesis Event Wows Culinary Enthusiasts
In a gastronomic spectacle that left taste buds tingling and hearts content, Chef André Sewell unveiled the first instalment of his culinary series, “Modern Jamaican Cuisine: Genesis,” on Thursday, November 30, 2023, in collaboration with the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Jamaica. The event, featuring a meticulously curated menu and expertly paired wines by Kaydene Senior of Harbour Wines & Spirits, marked a significant milestone for fine dining in the tranquil town.
The visionary behind Modern Jamaican Cuisine, Chef André Sewell, coined the term to describe a fusion of traditional Jamaican flavours with Euro-modern cooking techniques. The result was a culinary experience that not only paid homage to the island’s rich culinary heritage but also elevated it to new heights.
The dinner, hosted at Golf View Hotel and flawlessly overseen by banqueting manager of Golf View Hotel Odane Tyndale, served 55 discerning guests. Among the distinguished attendees were Golf View Hotel directors Peter Campbell and Kemilee McLymont-Campbell. Their presence added a touch of elegance to an evening that showcased the town’s readiness for elevated dining experiences.
The four-course feast commenced with a delectable fish and bammy appetiser, featuring blackened snapper fillet, fried cassava ring, and a symphony of flavours that danced on the palate. Each course was accompanied by carefully selected wines, courtesy of Harbour Wines & Spirits, further enhancing the culinary journey.
Director Kemilee McLymont-Campbell expressed her delight, stating, “It was a pleasure to witness the magic Chef André Sewell brought to our hotel. The success of the evening was also unquestionably a testament to the dedication, talent and professionalism of Golf View Hotel’s Chef Roger Lester, our talented kitchen staff and various service teams. We are proud to have hosted such an exceptional event in Mandeville and look forward to curating more culinary adventures.”
Chef Sewell, brimming with enthusiasm, announced plans for the second dinner in the Modern Jamaican Cuisine series, scheduled for January at a yet-to-be-disclosed venue. The anticipation for the upcoming event is already building, promising another extraordinary evening of culinary delights.
The carefully crafted programme, from the engaging cocktail hour to the musical interlude, featuring saxophonist Seymour Heron, showcased the meticulous planning and execution that contributed to the evening’s resounding success.
As the applause thundered through the venue at the end of the evening, it was evident that Chef André Sewell had not only created a memorable dining experience but had also opened a new chapter for Jamaican cuisine on the fine dining stage.
Golf View Hotel is now gearing up for more gastronomic-centric events, demonstrating its commitment to providing exceptional culinary experiences to the community. While Mandeville embraces the evolving landscape of fine dining, Chef Sewell’s Modern Jamaican Cuisine series promises a delectable journey into the heart of Jamaican flavours.
Text & Photos: Matthew Hann, Hann’s On Marketing Ltd.