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Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen

  • Episode:

    9 of 10

  • Title:

    Antigua

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sun 17 Mar 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    11.30am - 12.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 12 2019 : Sat 16 Mar - Fri 22 Mar

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Mon 04 Mar 2019

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Episode 9 – Antigua

 

The penultimate episode of Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen sees Ainsley travel to Antigua, to experience the island of sea and sun. His first stop is at the English Harbour, to meet with local historian Dr Reg Murphy to get an insight into the history of the island. Cocktails are the flavor of the day, when Ainsley has a masterclass in being a mixologist from the head bartender at Carlisle Bay Hotel.

 

Ainsley takes a trip to meet local food hero Gina, who’s roadside food stall is a favourite with locals, and with tourists. Here Ainsley gets his first taste of the Caribbean specialty Conch.

 

And finally, Ainsley shows viewers his musical side when he gets a lesson in Steel Pan from Vernon, who leads the famous Hells Gate Steel Pan Band – one of the first Steel Pan Bands to form in Antigua when the pans were brought over from Trinidad in the 1940s. Ainsley finishes off the day by making a sunset Rum Punch on the beach.

 

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.