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Cooking gold medal up for grabs

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NOT TO be outdone Jamaican Jerk is getting its own Olympics and a champion of the spicy cuisine will be crowned just ahead of the much anticipated Games.

This has got Jerk enthusiasts busy as they seek to hone their craft at preparing the best dish with the hope of winning the gold medal at the first ever Olympic Jerk Festival on July 21.

Organised by Marlow Morris from A Class Above Events and Hospitality Services and Bishop Wayne Malcolm from Christian Life City and iCan Studios, the competition will see several chefs battle it out for the title of ‘Olympic Jerk Chef Champion’. The winner of the competition will walk away with a £1000 cash prize.

The event, to be held at the I-Can Studios in the Olympic Village, will be judged by various celebrities, including the daughter of late musical icon Alton Ellis, current Miss Jamaica UK title holder Keecia Ellis and Caribbean Master Chef winner Andrew McIntosh.

FOOD FEST: Marlow Morris with Bishop Wayne Malcolm

Morris told The Voice: “The inspiration to host the Olympic Jerk Festival Family Fun Day came from a combination of wanting to mark the arrival of the Olympic torch coming to east London on the 21st July, as well as launch the official opening of iCan Studios events.”

Morris said: “Jerk is the traditional dish that Jamaica is famous for because it tastes so good and it is a popular choice for countless non-Jamaicans because Jamaica is one of the number one tourist destinations in the world. Food entrepreneurs such as Levi Roots have also increased (the number of) jerk fans worldwide which is why we have chosen to do an Olympic jerk festival attracting people from all walks of life who enjoy good food.”


Members of tribute band Salute to the Wailers will be performing at the festival, along with comedy banter from Tony ‘Pale Face’ Hendricks of Blue Mountain Theatre.

Bishop Malcolm added: “London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and we want all the Olympic holidaymakers to experience a real British Jamaican time while they visit the UK especially leading up to the Jamaican 50th Independence Anniversary. We also know that the Jamaican athletics team will figure prominently in the 100 metres race, so the festival is going to be sizzling.”

Morris is also planning a ‘Gone But Not Forgotten' Olympic celebration after party, which will remember all the great Reggae music artistes who have passed away such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. He said “It’s a festival for all age groups and food lovers. There will also be cultural, beauty and healthcare stalls plus a sports, Zumba and craft zone. We will have something for everyone to enjoy.”

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