Food Fusion Enhances and Creates Opportunities from Barbados to Canada
by Bajan Reporter / March 26th, 2015
The fusion of food at Chef Roary’s International Restaurant Showcase will be a vehicle which the culinary arts in Barbados and Newfoundland & Labrador will expand into national, regional and international growth and development.
Speaking at the Chef Roary’s event last Saturday night at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, founder of F. James Film/TV Co. Ltd., Fabian James and the man behind the project said, “We created a culinary concept that merged the cultures of two islands – Barbados and Newfoundland & Labrador. ExecutiveChef Roary MacPhersonand Barbados’s very own, executive chefDane Saddler, are leading guest chefs from seven restaurants in Barbados, and seven restaurants in Newfoundland Labrador, Canada, to fuse their styles of cooking.“
James added that “This concept required a unique partner to bring this project to life, and we were fortunate that FLOW felt that an investment in this project and our recent music fusion initiative, would benefit its customers in Barbados, as well as demonstrate its support for an important cultural sector of the country.”
President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbus Communications, Mr. John Reid, added “We were provided with a unique opportunity to expose and promote the significant talents of both countries, which will lead to continued efforts to showcase and create business opportunities for Barbados and Newfoundland’s culinary and food industries. Events such as these ultimately connect people, people build networks and networks spawn ideas for further opportunities. Essentially, tonight we are sowing the seeds for economic growth and national development through the culinary arts and the food industry.”
Reid added: “Columbus of course is going through a transitional phase and our merger with CWC will result in unprecedented exposure for the talented individuals who we will help showcase on our numerous entertainment and telecommunications platforms. The benefits are broader than you may imagine here this evening, as our objective is to act as a catalyst to help develop regional culture, tourism and business development through music, food, and fashion.”
“Together, through our collective efforts, we are effectively nation building through trade and exchange, and contributing to our respective homeland’s unique cultures that will come from this culinary fusion initiative.”
Reid went on to point out that the filming of both the Chef Roary’s International Restaurant Showcase and Club One New Releases: International Edition form the Canada to Barbados, which is the musical fusion of this project and launched the week before, will be available to hundreds of thousands of customers in Barbados and across the Caribbean, as well as to Canadian sponsor Aliant’s customers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in Canada.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Ruth Blackman, said, “Having this event in Barbados goes a long way in creating partnerships between Newfound & Labrador and Barbados, partnerships between our artists whether they are in the culinary arts, music or film. This is something that we at the Ministry of Culture will do everything in our power to encourage and support so our doors are open, we are ready and willing to listen and to do our part.”
She went on to express profound gratitude for the investment with this project: “I want to thankFLOWthe sponsors of this event because it is investment from the private sector that allows us in the Government sector to realise the development goals that have been set out for our island, especially in the area of cultural industries.”