By Tristan Harris Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 08:00
BROMSGROVE Caribbean chef Lorenzo Richards has joined forces with two celebrities to launch a new culinary competition called Soul Kitchen.
Lorenzo was joined by cooking queen Rustie Lee and reggae musician Astro from UB40 for the launch at South and City College in Birmingham. The contest challenges participants try and find the most exciting combinations of Jamaican music and food.
Budding chefs from schools and colleges will soon be cooking up their own Caribbean dishes and creating original music to accompany the mouth-watering meals. The heats will be held in December, February and April, with the finals scheduled for May.
The launch of Soul Kitchen also coincided with Black History Month, which raises awareness of the impact of Caribbean culture on British Society.
At the event, Lorenzo addressed the audience of school and college students, speaking about the health benefits of Caribbean cooking which uses a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, combined with fragrant herbs and spices.
Lorenzo, who runs the Wildmoor Oak in Catshill, also told a few personal anecdotes from his childhood growing up in multi-cultural Birmingham and how his mum’s Jamaican cooking inspired him to become an award-winning chef.
Soul Kitchen will be part of the Birmingham Caribbean Festival and winning dishes will be available at the event in June 2014, where the accompanying songs will be performed.
Lorenzo said: “This is a very special project and I am proud to be a part of it.
“I have worked with many local schools and know that young people are excited by the ingredients and techniques which make Caribbean cuisine unique.
“I hope Soul Kitchen will uncover some talented up and coming chefs.”
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