Camille Darby Cooks @ JFDK & Chillaxes @ Pitchy Patchy
Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen Operations Manager Zoe Dawkins (left) gave sisters Camille Darby (right) and Kadia Darby James a quick recap after the tour. (Photo: Nicolina Diabo)

What was top of mind for Camille Darby, the recently minted Condé Nast VP of brand marketing, lifestyle, on a recent trip to Kingston? A visit to the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (JFDK) plus an evening of laughter at the satirical revue Pitchy Patchy.

The Clarendon native whose parents, Vincent and Joyce Darby, taught at Kemps Hill High, Clarendon, makes it her point of duty to check out the new and exciting experiences whenever she's on The Rock. "I think most people assume Jamaica's resort life is the main attraction — it certainly is top of the list — but there's so much more to see and do. My dear friend Tazhna Williams told us about a culinary experience in the heart of Kingston offered by the JFDK team and said it was a must-see, must-do. She's never steered us wrong. "I was especially excited to visit JFDK because in my role as a brand marketer, being able to draw ideas from new experiences as a way to ultimately engage new audiences is at the crux of what I do. This experience opened up new ideas that I can go back and share, which is incredibly meaningful.

"And as for my sister, Kadia, she is a travel expert for leisure, but also in practice. She's incredibly knowledgeable about so many desirable destinations, especially Jamaica, and has many clients clamouring to visit the island wanting to have a well-rounded itinerary. So, we both saw this as an opportunity to keep branding the island we love: Jamaica."

Darby gave the cooking experience rave reviews. "JFDK was absolutely a fantastic experience! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, and I am definitely looking forward to having my parents come along for the ride when next we visit... as a matter of fact, my sister, Kadia, has already commenced making plans to visit the JFDK for her birthday in March 2023.

And Pitchy Patchy? "Pitchy Patchy was so brilliantly performed, written and produced. Seeing yourself and your culture authentically reflected back to you in the most creative, nuanced and hysterical ways is a gift... Frankly, I've not laughed so much in a long time!"

Condé Nast VP, Brand Marketing, Lifestyle Division Camille Darby got her pot ready to prepare seared tuna loin with avocado and Scotch bonnet fruit salsa and seared New York strip loin with shoestring fries and creamed callaloo tarte tatin.
Camille Darby (left), VP of brand marketing, lifestyle division at Condé Nast, and her sister Kadia Darby James, luxury and family travel concierge at MJ Travel, New York, indulged in a glass of wine before taking the tour at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen.
Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen Managing Partner Nicole Pandohie (left) and Operations Manager Zoe Dawkins (right) joined the New Yorkers Camille Darby (second right) and her sister Kadia Darby James for a quick snap before the cooking began.
Let the cooking class begin with Chef Celeste Gordon (right) and sisters Camille Darby (left) and Kadia Darby James!
Chef Celeste Gordon (left) supervised Kadia Darby James' salt application.
Seasoned right!Camille Darby (left), Jason James, and Kadia Darby James.
An evening well-spent at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen with siblings Camille Darby (left), VP of brand marketing — lifestyle division, Condé Nast, and big sister Kadia Darby James, luxury and family travel concierge at MJ Travel in New York.
Grabbing a few goodies at the JFDK market was a must!
A toast to cooking with Camille Darby (left) was raised by Jason James and Kadia Darby James.
The sisters wrapped up their evening in Kingston with much talked-about theatrical production Pitchy Patchy. From left: Kadia Darby James, luxury and family travel concierge at MJ Travel, New York; Kingsley Morgan, Pitchy Patchy executive producer; Camille Darby, VP of brand marketing at Condé Nast; Kasandra Henry, Pitchy Patchy executive producer; and Fiona Fennell, senior director of corporate communications at the Ministry of Tourism. (Photos: Nicolina Diabo)

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