By NAN Staffer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Feb. 25, 2016: A Jamaican-born chef has walked away with the win and the title of “Chopped Champion” in a battle on the Food Network’s highly acclaimed series.
Chef Andre Fowles beat out his competitors to win Tuesday night with Caribbean cuisine in the spotlight.
He beat out Keisha Bocage, executive chef and owner of Bocage Catering in Houston, Texas, Rocco Nankervis, executive chef of The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Houston and Brandon Soverall, chef de cuisine at Triniti Restaurant also in Houston to take the win.
The 20-minute Appetizer round the mystery baskets contained: Shrimp, Papaya, Canned Spiced Ham and Mofongo. Fowles made Jamaican Spiced Shrimp with Papaya Chutney using thyme, frisẻe and vegetable stock.
The 30-minute Entree round mystery basket contained: Goat Chops, Chickpeas, Callaloo and Whole Coconuts. Chef Fowles made Traditional Jamaican Curry Goat using beef stock, chicken stock and jasmine rice.
The 30-minute Dessert round mystery basket included: Sugarcane, Mangos, Sweet Potatoes and Rum. Chef Fowles made Sweet Potato Mousse with Candied Mangos using egg whites, maple syrup and Pistachio nuts.
Fowles, the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s in New York City, formerly worked at Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica and Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House before migrating to the U.S. in 2014.
He said he will use his US$10,000 prize to visit his mother in whom he has not seen in fifteen years in the UK.