Food

Piqued at Picante!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

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Night four of the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, dubbed Picante, was an apt dedication to 'hot, zesty flavour', held at The Ruins, the Mona Visitors' Lodge two Fridays ago.

Participating chefs/ caterers included Tooksie Kay Catering's Alexa Von Strolley and Fuzion Food's Christian Sweeney for Walkerswood and National Bakery respectively; Simon Levy; Jacqui Tyson; Colin Hylton; Charissa Henry of Pink Apron; Allison Porter-Smalling of Ally's Kitchen; Ashebre's Oji Jaja; FROMAGE Gourmet Market and FROMAGE Brasserie's Lisa-Gaye Chin; and Alexx Antaeus of OPA! Greek Restaurant, who sharply seasoned pork, seafood, beef and chicken to woo existing and prospective devotees to their way with food.

There was too, at the Dawn Lyew-decorated space, a celebrity quotient in the form of The Food Network's two-time Chopped champion Andre Fowles, who doubled his efforts with an oxtail mole served with 'tun caanmeal' churros and a picante pork belly served with Scotch bonnet avocado. However, the evening's surprise favourite was Stush in the Bush, whose co-principals Lisa and Chris Binns had the predominantly meat lovers' demographic coming back for their fyah and grilled corn with Scotch bonnet cashew cream, cilantro and lime and their spicy cauliflower chicken wings and mustard greens with liquid Stush blow.

Chocolate Dreams' Michelle Smith and KukUp Kreations for Seprod were interesting additions to the otherwise savoury line-up which saw familiar desserts altered to the theme, giving a kick to the desires of the sweet-toothed. Picante, the festival's ultra all-inclusive intersection of spice and the Arabian Nights, took patrons on the wild side of fiery and tangy with a dash of daring thrown in for good measure, which only confirmed to Thursday Food that some indeed like it hot!

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