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Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen

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  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 20 Jan 2019

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  • Time

    11.30am - 12.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 04 2019 : Sat 19 Jan - Fri 25 Jan

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  • Published:

    Tue 08 Jan 2019

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Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen 


Series overview


TV Chef Ainsley Harriott takes a trip across the Caribbean visiting the islands that have inspired his cooking from an early age. Stopping off at Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica and Antigua, Ainsley will take viewers on a journey through the tropical climates, exotic food and charming characters that make each island in the Caribbean unique.  


In Jamaica, Ainsley visits Stush in the Bush - a Rastafarian Farm to table experience in the hills above Ocho Rios - where he learns their signature Ackee stuffed Ravioli. Plus, he tours the home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, where he whips up a fitting 007-inspired Martini cocktail. 


In the Blue Mountains Ainsley samples its world-famous coffee, tries his best to crack the secret spice recipe at renowned jerk chicken restaurant Scotchies and makes a cooling fruit shake at a hotel previously visited by the late Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. 


The famous chef tries one of Trinidad’s specialties – Doubles – curried chickpeas in a fried bread roll. And, during a trip to Maracas Bay, Ainsley samples local favourite Bake and Shark, pan-fried shark stuffed in fried dough. 


In Tobago, Ainsley visits Miss Trim, who cooks up the best ‘Crab n Dumplings’ on the island, inspiring Ainsley to cook his own version of Tobago Blue Crab with hand clapped rotis. In Grenada he learns the national dish of Oil Down - a stew bursting with flavour. While at The River Antoine Rum Distillery Ainsley makes a cocktail using a local chocolate and rum liquor, dubbed Ainsley’s Death by Chocolate Martini.  


In Barbados he meets an innovator in Bajan cuisine, chef Damian Leach who has previously held the title of ‘Caribbean Chef of the Year’. In St Lucia Ainsley visits the Hotel Chocolat Cocoa plantation, where he gets a lesson in growing cocoa plants and even gets a plant named after him. In Dominica Ainsley gets to visit its most famous waterfall Emerald Pool and on the black sands of Picard Beach serves his Tostones aka Twice Fried Plantains. 


Antigua brings steel drum and cocktail making lessons, plus Ainsley sources some famous Antiguan Black Pineapples for his Lobster Pina Colada with Rum Pineapple recipe. 


Episode 1 – Jamaica


Ainsley’s first stop is Jamaica, the island where his father grew up, to re-discover the country that has long been linked to great food, music and culture.


His first stop is Coronation Market, where farmers from all over Jamaica head at the weekends to sell their produce – the best way to explore truly local ingredients. Here, Ainsley makes some new friends and picks up the ingredients for his first recipe.


Heading up to the north of the island, Ainsley gets a taste of the tropical weather and takes refuge with Chris and Lisa Binns – who run Stush in the Bush – a Rastafarian Farm to table experience in the hills above Ocho Rios. Here Lisa teaches him their signature Ackee stuffed Ravioli and Chris teaches him about what it means to be Rastafarian. 


Ainsley meets up with English Chef Tim Kensett, who is head chef at Golden Eye – owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell - and then takes a tour around the famous Fleming Villa, the home of Ian Fleming and where he wrote the James Bond novels. Reflecting on his time in Jamaica, Ainsley makes a Bond inspired Martini cocktail.