Caribbean cooking show ‘Taste the Islands’ renewed for second season

South Florida based show creators, Blondie Ras Productions, have announced the second season will premiere this June.

Photo by David I Muir

“Taste the Islands,”the critically acclaimed show created by Blondie Ras Productions is coming back to television this spring.

The first Jamaican-produced and Jamaican-hosted series on US national public television, the second season will premiere this June, during Caribbean American Heritage Month, on Create TV and select PBS stations around the country.

Public television’s favorite Caribbean culinarian, Jamaican Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair, will be joined by two new cast members, Haitian Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna, and island explorer “Lisa Lee” Arneaud.

A half-hour cooking show,  the series brings authentic Caribbean flavors, colors, textures and warmth into American kitchens and the eight part second season includes segments with one or both chefs creating dishes inspired by various islands, while culinary travel stories explore the inviting mystique of the season’s host island.  It’s a show which presents an opportunity for viewers to learn about the food and culture of the Caribbean.

Alison Hinds,  Jamaican Consul General Franz Hall and celebrity makeup artist Rory Lee will be featured in the series which also features the music of  Haitian musician Kapi of the band Tabou Combo.

“This project has truly become a labor of love for our team at Blondie Ras Productions, and a mark of pride for the Caribbean American community”, said Executive Producer Calibe Thompson. “We’ve stepped up the production quality from the last season to this one. And after a long hiatus we are all overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from our major supporters, Barbados and Grace Foods, along with Lakay Food, Caribbean Airlines and Wright Style Clothing, as well as the Jamaica Tourist Board who made our first season possible. Myself, Associate Producer Lukkee Chong and the colorful characters in front of the camera are all excited to see the response this second time around.”

Fans of island cuisine can find out where to watch locally, as well as discover recipes, see behind the scenes images and more on the show’s website:

Pictured: The cast of “Taste the Islands” Season 2: Chef Thia, Lisa Lee & Chef Irie. (Photo by David I. Muir)

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