Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2020/21: Colin Hylton
Chef Colin Hylton alongside his Hawaiian-style smoked marlin poke served in individual swing-top jars.

Colin Hylton's sudden passing on Tuesday, April 6, certainly sent shock waves throughout the country. The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards committee has chosen not to mourn his passing. He would have hated that since he always boasted of his joie de vivre and took every opportunity to not only live, but to also encourage others to follow suit. We take pride in sharing aspects of his palate-pleasing reductions as we remember his words: “Anybody who knows me hears it all the time. Life is not a dress rehearsal; we do not get a second take. This is the real deal — go big or go home. Too many persons are alive without really living. They are unconscious of the many small and beautiful things. The smell of rain or night jasmine, someone's look of unconditional love, helping unselfishly.”

We hold the applause for more memories...

Annette Francis-Barnett & Mark Barnett recall how he “delighted our senses with his culinary mastery! It was the consistent mouth-watering food and desserts, presented with panache, that made us as host/hostess confident that a great time would be had by all at our event. It was his care, easy charm, generous spirit and stories that connected and we claimed him as a friend.”

Kim Edwards-Hamilton

He was the epitome of good taste, elegance and creativity, taking you on a culinary excursion that tantalised your taste buds and he did it with style.

Bradford Thompson

Colin was a source of many of our life memories — from the fact that Kerry remembers all her dinners at Guilt Trip back in the '90s with her best friends to our wedding in 2006.

Thompson's wife Kerry

He was a chef among chefs. A bon vivant who was unapologetically himself. Colin epitomised what it means to live life to its fullest.

Eroleen Anderson

I met Colin in 1993 when Norma Shirley introduced him to my parents as an amazing and talented chef. He transitioned from an accounting profession into the world of culinary art...

Colin's personality, like his famous desserts, was consistently delightful and full of smiles.

Michelle Rousseau and Suzanne Rousseau

Colin was a supreme talent, a unique and unapologetic voice in Jamaica's culinary landscape. His style was memorable and iconic; much like Norma Shirley, Colin did things his own way and he never dimmed that down for anyone... In our opinion his culinary creations, both sweet and savoury, define modern Caribbean cuisine at its most glorious.

Joline & Burchell Whiteman

Colin was a friend to four generations of our family. For decades, he and his culinary creations were a part of every major milestone — birthdays, weddings and even funerals. He was a part of the fabric of our lives.

Lisa & Matthew Hogarth

Colin's unique culinary interpretations and fusions will forever be missed along with his wit and savvy sense of humour.

Debra Taylor-Smith

Colin was a culinary genius. He had a way with food; he was a natural. “You eat first with your eyes,” he would say. Talented in his presentation, creative in his combinations, adventurous with flavours, his dishes were layered and multi-dimensional.

We have lost a true master of the art and craft of cuisine.

Join us this evening @ 7:00 pm as we celebrate Colin Hylton bit.ly/foodawardsapplaud

Award-winning caterer/chef Colin Hylton
ScotchBonnetPepperedCouscousprepared byColin Hylton
Chef Colin Hylton presents his spice-dustedroasted duck breast.(Photos: Clay Williams, Leo Hudson) (JasonTulloch, Karl McLarty)
Chef Colin Hylton in prep mode
Chef Colin Hylton (third left) with friends (from left)Gariel Ferguson, Kerri-Anne Reckord, DebraTaylor-Smith, Gillian Ferguson, and BobbyStewart at The Rib Kage Grill
Relishing the success of D'vine were (from left) Jaime Bicknell, brand manager - wines, Select Brands;Debra Taylor, trade development manager, Select Brands; chef Colin Hylton; Tara Nunes, vice-presidentwealth management, Sagicor Investments; chef Christina Simonitsch; Alysia Moulton White, assistantvice president - group marketing, Sagicor Group; and Alicia Bogues, regional development manager, CBGroup.
Chef Colin Hylton (left) with Christopher Reckord and his wife Kerri-Anne at a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs event
For participation in the Norwegian Seafood Export Councils (NSEC)Seafood Culinary Adventure Kingston leg, Champion NorwegianChef Sven Renaa (right) presents a certificate of participation toChef Colin Hylton of Guilt Trip.
Chef Colin Hylton presents his passion fruit gateau commissionedby Joline Whiteman for her mother's 90th birthday celebrationparty.
Chef Colin Hylton at The Rib Kage Grill

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