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The mouth watering flavours of Jamaican and Caribbean food will be brought to life before a United Kingdom (UK) audience, when Jamaican-born chef Levi Roots, stars in a new television series about Caribbean cuisine on the BBC.
Filming for the series titled ‘Caribbean Foods Made Easy’ gets underway in the UK this week and in Jamaica in early April. A segment of the programme will feature Roots cooking a meal for Jamaican High Commissioner, Burchell Whiteman, Mrs. Joline Whitemen, and a guest, at the High Commission in London.
“From traditional meals learned as a child in his grandmother’s Jamaican kitchen, to the latest in nouvelle Caribbean cuisine, Levi reveals the full range of this extraordinary fusion food,” said a release from the BBC.
“As well as taking a journey back to Jamaica in search of the history and culture underlying some of his best loved dishes, he travels the UK, persuading those who have never tried Caribbean dishes before to dig in. He makes a case in Cornwall for Jamaican patties alongside (Cornish) pasties, champions the red hot Scotch Bonnet chili, and shows the fishermen of Mull how to spice up their seafood, and their sea-shanties!,” the release said further.
Levi Roots, who is also a musician, gained recognition on the BBC programme ‘Dragon’s Den’, which features small businessmen and women pitching their business ideas to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, in the hope of getting funding for their ventures. His product, ‘Reggae Reggae Jerk Sauce’ received the backing of entrepreneur Peter Jones.
The sauce is one of the major success stories of the series and was featured by the Subway sandwich chain last summer. Roots also launched his Reggae Reggae Cookbook at the Jamaican High Commission last year.
Roots, who hails from the parish of Clarendon, moved to Britain at age 12 to join his mother. He has always credited his mother and grandmother as his cooking influences.

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