From the fiery flavours of Jamaica’s jerk seasoning to the crunch of Bahamian conch fritters, from the heady mix of cultures in Trinidad and Tobago to the lush, fresh fruit across the region — the Caribbean has some of the world’s most exciting flavours.
But in this vast, varied region of over 7,000 islands, where do hungry travellers start? What’s the best way to beat the tourist traps and discover the islands’ authentic fare? How easy is it to get around, and what are the costs like? Our panel of experts will have all the answers to your culinary quandaries, so come hungry for some inspiration for an epicurean odyssey through the Caribbean.
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Jonathan Phang, TV chef and cookbook author
After three decades of working in the fashion industry as an a agent and as a judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, Jonathan followed his passion and embarked on a new career as a TV chef and cookbook author. His most recent show, Gourmet Trains, is currently airing on the Travel Channel.
Shivi Ramoutar, author of Caribbean Modern
Shivi was born in Trinidad brought up in the heady heights of New York, the grassy fields of the English countryside, and the eclectic buzz of London. With the help of her adventures, Shivi has made it her culinary mission to twist classic Caribbean dishes and ingredients from her childhood into her own contemporary delights.
Vanessa Bolosier, food writer
Vanessa went from running a London Supper Club to permanently operating her experiential food in Bayswater inside The Beachcomber Bar & Creole Kitchen. She’s been featured in the Guardian, Times, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph and Stylist. She is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post in France. She most recently brought her Creole cuisine to Trader Vic’s inside the Hilton on Park Lane for an Island Fusion residency and is currently writing her second book, Arawak, an ode to food and travel in the Caribbean.
Nicola Trup, deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller Food
Nicola is deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller Food and co-author of a guide to London’s best cafes. Her culinary passions include imaginative veggie cooking, decaf flat whites and all things fantastically spicy.
Glen is a food and travel writer/editor who likes Parisian cafes, rum in all its guises, and starting the day with a (very garlicky) bruschetta for breakfast.
When: Where: Wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.