TASTE THE ISLANDS showcases the sweet, spicy and exotic flavors of Caribbean cuisine. Host Hugh Sinclair (aka "Chef Irie") - a personal chef, caterer and culinary consultant to elite athletes and corporate clients - introduces spices and traditional dishes and explains their history and relevance in Caribbean culture. Each episode opens with co-host Nicole, a Jamaican-born foodie, challenging Chef Irie to incorporate some of her favorite island flavors into a mouth-watering Caribbean-styled meal. Chef Irie's culinary repertoire and passion for Caribbean cuisine and culture shines through as he leads viewers through his unique take on recipes - from citrus-infused snapper ceviche, herb-crusted salmon with green papaya and mango slaw, to callaloo soup, homemade ginger beer, beignet-style banana plantain fritters, and pan-grilled jerk pork medallions - while offering helpful tips and cooking techniques.
Chef Irie brings out his inner Latin lover, preparing citrus infused Snapper Ceviche and Mussels Chorizo with Mango Coconut Sauce, finished with Guava Cream Cheese Phyllo tartlets.
Chef Irie reinterprets Trinidadian favorites with Cilantro Corn soup, Chicken Pelau, Pineapple Pepper Slaw and an Irie-style ginger libation.
Chef Irie draws inspiration from Trinidad and Jamaica with Plantain chips and dip, Pan Grilled Jerk Pork Medallions, Sweet Mango Chutney and an Herb Apple Salad.
Chef Irie showcases his love of island gourmet with Shrimp Bisque, Spicy Steamed Fish Papillote and a Mango Key Lime Pie.
Chef Irie makes a lineup of non-traditional elements with his Coconut Pumpkin Rum Soup, Picadillo Meatballs, Chayote Salad, and cool Cucumber Lemonade.
Chef Irie prepares a casual brunch menu: Jerk Turkey Pumpkin Frittata, Herb-Crusted Salmon with Green Papaya and Mango Slaw, and a decadent Passion Fruit Mousse.
Chef Irie mixes big island and small island traditions with his Escoveitched Flying Fish over Coucou, Kale Salad with Mango Vinaigrette and a delightful Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Coconut Custard Sauce.
Jamaican Chef Irie and Haitian Chef Thia create a sumptuous grilled menu with okra wrapped in proscuitto, grilled lamb in guava mint sauce, churrasco steak with chimichurri sauce and roasted red snapper.
Chef Irie explores Afro and French Caribbean cuisine with a simple celery salad, scallops in sauce chien, camarofongo (plantains) with sauteed shrimp, finished with a pineapple coconut cocktail.
Chef Thia explores a variety of island breakfast options with codfish Creole and sauteed boniatos, cornmeal polenta with spinach, breakfast chicken patties and spicy hot chocolate.
Chef Irie takes a culinary journey through the Dutch Caribbean islands making carni stoba (beef stew), curried peanut chicken with sauteed green beans, sweet noodle cakes with warm apple compote, and a refreshing papaya cocktail.
Chef Thia explores a healthy vegetarian menu with accra fritters, Haitian eggplant legume (vegetable medley), a refreshing pear and chayote salad, and a stovetop sweet potato pudding.
Chef Thia and chef Irie prepare a menu with pineapple as the star in each dish.
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