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Caribbean cooking holiday with Levi Roots, anyone?

Levi Roots, the genius behind reggae reggae sauce, is hosting a Caribbean cooking holiday in Jamaica at Sandals Grande Riviera resort.

First there was reggae reggae sauce, now there’s reggae reggae holidays. Well, one of them, anyway. From 6 to 13 January 2016 Levi Roots is hosting a special, one-off trip to Jamaica, focusing on his culinary heritage.

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Taking place at Sandals Grande Riviera resort, on the island’s lush northeast coast, the week-long holiday will include the chance to lie on the resort’s glorious beach, go for a dip in the warm Caribbean sea and generally be royally pampered.The focus, however, will be on food. Levi will be taking guests on a tour of a local food market, performing tracks from his latest album at a private dinner and running two masterclasses demonstrating how to cook his favourite local recipes. 

The focus, however, will be on food. Levi will be taking guests on a tour of a local food market, performing tracks from his latest album at a private dinner and running two masterclasses demonstrating how to cook his favourite local recipes.

Add-on food tours include bicycle trips through the Blue Mountains in search of the region’s famous coffee, visits to the Appleton rum distillery and catch-and-cook fishing trips.

To book or for more information call Sandals on 0800 597 0002. If you can’t make it, all is not lost, Levi has given us the recipe for his signature Homestyle Jerk Chicken Wings (these also feature in his book Caribbean Food Made Easy). Read on if you fancy cooking up a Caribbean storm in your own kitchen.


Levi’s Homestyle Jerk Chicken Wings

all-purpose seasoning 4 tsp

ground ginger 2 tsp

cider vinegar 90ml

Scotch Bonnet, with seeds 1, very finely chopped

nutmeg 2 tsp, finely grated

olive oil 2 tbsp

chicken wings 16

lime wedges to serve

Step 1

Mix together all the marinade ingredients in a shallow dish and add the chicken wings, turning them to coat really well. Cover and marinate in the fridge, ideally overnight, or for at least 1–2 hours.

Step 2

Barbecue the chicken wings, turning them over when they’re patched with brown, for about 10 minutes or so.

Serve 3

Serve with lime wedges.

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Photograph: Chris Terry