MIAMI (April 9)—Jamaican-born Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair will tantalize viewers with traditional and gourmet Caribbean recipes on the new cooking series, “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.”
The seven-part, Jamaica Tourist Board-sponsored series, which premiered this week, is the first Caribbean cooking show and the first Jamaican-produced series to be aired nationally on the PBS network.
“Jamaica’s culinary heritage continues to be a popular draw for many visitors looking to experience our destination,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s director of tourism. “Such a series will provide viewers a ‘taste’ of our rich and diverse gastronomic offering.”
The show, he added, ranges beyond the old favorites. “While Jamaica is world renowned for its jerk cuisine, Chef Irie will prepare a number of our traditional dishes with a unique and non-traditional twist,” he said.
In each episode, Sinclair will create mouthwatering fare inspired by his Jamaican heritage, the wider Caribbean and his travels around the world. For example, steamed Jamaican-style snapper is prepared en papillote, and Latin guava cheese pasteles are deconstructed to create a mousse served in phyllo tart shells.
A number of Caribbean celebrities will make cameo appearances, including Inner Circle, Maxi Priest, Ato Boldon and Kevin Lyttle. Viewers are encouraged to tune in as the chef and guests discuss food from their native countries and their travels, and offer impromptu cooking lessons.
Sinclair has a passion for creating delectable and appealing dishes. He holds degrees in both architecture and culinary arts. His clients include Macy’s, the Knight Foundation and the Jamaican Jerk Festival franchise.
“Taste the Islands with Chef Irie” is produced by Calibe Thompson of Miami-based Blondie Ras Productions. Associate producer on the project is the respected content creator Lukkee Chong of Frame by Frame Productions. The series is presented by South Florida’s WPBT2 and distributed by American Public Television, distributors of such popular public television programs as “Downton Abbey” and “America’s Test Kitchen.”
To receive updates, view images, watch previews and find recipes on the show’s website, visit www.tastetheislandstv.com.