Jamaican Cooking Show Debuts on American Television


“Taste the Islands with Chef Irie” a popular Jamaican-produced TV program made its debut on American Public Television in select U.S. markets this week.

Hosted by culinary consultant Hugh (Chef Irie) Sinclair, the seven-part, Jamaica Tourist Board-sponsored series,  is the first Caribbean cooking show and the first Jamaican-produced series to be aired nationally on the PBS network.

In each episode of the series, Chef Irie will create mouthwatering fare inspired by his Jamaican upbringing, the wider Caribbean, and his travels around the world. For example, in one episode steamed Jamaican-style snapper is prepared en papillote, and in another, Latin guava cheese pasteles are deconstructed to create a mousse served in phyllo tart shells.

Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair is a professional chef with a palpable love of creating delicious food. He holds degrees in both Architecture and Culinary Arts. His high profile 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.