Jamaican chef finishes second in American cooking competition

April 27, 2016

Jamaican-born chef Andre Fowles finished as runner up in the final of Food Network's, Chopped Champions Tournament.

Fowles’ appearance on the show is historic as he is the first Jamaican-born as well as the youngest chef to compete in the tournament.

The final which started out with four contestants was whittled down to two, between Fowles and eventual winner Adam Greenberg.

Caramelised onion and coffee ice cream with chocoflan apple crumble was the dessert created by the Jamaican which did not prove good enough for the win.

The chef who left Jamaica in 2014 is now the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican restaurant in New York.

Prior to joining the team at Miss Lily’s, Fowles worked for two years as chef de partie under the tutelage of Martin Maginley, multi-award-winning chef at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas.

He also worked at Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House under the celebrated Mario Machado.

Fowles attended Donald Quarrie High School and was trained at the Runaway Bay HEART Academy. He credits his grandmother, Veronica Davis, affectionately called ‘Mama Cherry’ for his foray into the culinary arena.

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