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Nigel Spence Has Your New (Healthy) Caribbean Dessert Recipe

 Above: Chef Nigel Spence By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor This New Year 2015, like many years past, offers a chance of renewed energy to fulfill failed resolutions, achieve newly set goals and to live your dreams. For years, my New Year’s …

A New Recipe For Braised Chicken

 Above: Chef Nigel Spence’s Ripe Kitchen and Bar By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Recently, I’ve been hearing about more and more people in Jamaica contracting a new disease called Chikungunya which has been making its way throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere. …

How to Make Jamaican Peppered Shrimp

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As a kid I remember very well my brother teaching me to drive my grandfather’s old beat up blue stick shift Vauxhall Viva that was always parked in the driveway at home, while my grandfather was …

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 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor SUMMER IS officially here folks!  It’s time to clean up that grill and get your barbecue on…

Many of you may think that grilling is a simple matter of lighting some charcoal and searing your choice of …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Did you know the Fathers’ Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd? Her idea was to create a similar celebration to complement Mother’s Day, honoring fatherhood and male …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor AS CHRISTMAS ( or “The Holidays” to some) arrives, I find myself transported into a state of nostalgia. Memories of my youth flash to mind, taking me back to a time when life was simple and …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Well my friends, as a Jamaican, I have to say how very proud I am of the strides we have made to put our little Island on the map and spreading to all corners of the …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor FROM MY YEARS as a youth, to the present — an older youth (no comment), one thing has never ceased to amaze me; the power and value of a Mango. In the Caribbean, mangoes have enterprised …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor ON MY RECENT JOURNEY of travel, self discovery, food and back roads, I found myself deep in the jungles of Costa Rica. How I ended up there is a long story, but what I heard about …

 Above: Port Antonio By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor FROM MY EXPERIENCE, I have found that the best way to introduce squeamish people to new foods is to include lots of familiar ingredients along with the unfamiliar. This became particularly apparent when …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor This past holiday season I was lucky enough to make the trek back home to Jamaica for Christmas dinner with my family, which is always a joyously stressful occasion. Putting a check on my foul mouth …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Being right in the middle of the holiday season, there never seems to be enough time or energy for us to get things done. There are so many tasks to complete that the thought of baking …

 Above: Hellshire Beach   By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Firstly, I want to send love and good vibes to my fellow New Yorkers and all those who suffered greatly especially in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Ackee and saltfish.  These are the words that every Jamaican, from before they could walk until they can’t walk anymore, knows and loves.   For most, it was and is our comfort food; our breakfast, lunch and …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Fall.  September.  Yes, it’s here — the beautiful time of the year when the leaves change their colors, summer changes to fall and the sun is still warm — but not so intense that you can’t …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Food has been a part of my life since I can remember, and New York City has contributed an amazing amount to my learning process, my experiences and my knowledge of it. It has intensified my …

 Born in Jamaica, New York-based Chef Nigel Spence has in a short time become one of the leading Caribbean chefs in the United States. From defeating celebrity chef Bobby Flay on the latter’s show, “Throwdown,” to helming a successful restaurant, …