Taste The Islands with Chef Irie

Taste the Islands With Chef Irie 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.

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Chef Irie

Chef Irie

Hugh A. Sinclair, better known as Chef Irie, hails from Jamaica. He is a professionally certified personal chef and caterer who fuses the influence of the islands with the influence gained by his travels through Europe and the Far East.

The Latin Lover

Episode #101H · 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.

Carnival Nights

Episode #102H · Chef Irie reinterprets Trinidadian favorites with Cilantro Corn soup, Chicken Pelau, Pineapple Pepper Slaw and an Irie-style ginger libation. Viewers listen in on a food conversation between Chef and Trinidadian Olympic athlete and Sports Analyst Ato Boldon.

A Little of This

Episode #103H · 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's interaction with Trinidadian Olympic athlete and Sports Analyst Ato Boldon is concluded with a lesson in making an interpreted Trini Bake and Shark.

Dinner in the Keys

Episode #104H · Chef Irie showcases his love of island gourmet with Shrimp Bisque, Spicy Steamed Fish Papillote and a Mango Key Lime Pie. Chef cooks and converses with the "Bad Boys" of reggae, Inner Circle.

Rich & Refreshing

Episode #105H · Chef Irie makes a lineup of non-traditional elements with his Coconut Pumpkin Rum Soup, Picadillo Meatballs, Chayote Salad, and cool Cucumber Lemonade. Viewers listen in on a food conversation between Chef and chart topping British Jamaican reggae singer Maxi Priest.

An Early Lunch

Episode #106H · 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's interaction with chart topping British Jamaican reggae singer Maxi Priest is concluded with a lesson in making a vegetarian-friendly lentil salad.

Kingston to Bridgetown

Episode #107H · 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. Chef takes on a drink-making challenge at the home of Vincentian Soca King Kevin Lyttle.