JIS News

Respected Jamaican-born chef, Collin Brown, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in the United Kingdom (UK).
Known as the ‘Chef’s Oscars’ the awards recognise and reward the leading talent working in kitchens all across the industry.
The 37-year old Trelawny native, who is head chef and owner of the Chef Collin Brown Restaurant in London’s Docklands, has been nominated for the Ethnic Chef of the Year Award.
Chef Brown told JIS News that he is proud to be recognised by one of the leading chefs’ associations in the UK. “Being nominated means so much for me. It’s one of the biggest awards for chefs in the UK,” he said.
He noted that the nomination demonstrates how far Jamaican and Caribbean food have come in the UK but feels that much more needs to be done to enhance the appeal.
“We need to change how we do things. We need to look more at our standards and the quality of our food. Right now we (Caribbean chefs) are mostly catering for just three per cent of the population and we need to be reaching out more to the other 97 per cent,” he stated.
Chef Brown said his decision to open a high-end restaurant in London’s exclusive business district was to prove that Caribbean food could hold its own with the haute cuisine of any other country.
“I think that our cuisine is misunderstood a lot. I think we have the best cuisine in the world. The only problem we have with our food is that we don’t package it properly,” he argued.
Chef Brown is among 40 finalists in 14 categories, who have been invited to the gala awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, June 24 at the Lancaster London hotel.