- Jamaican cooking class
- Learn about Jamaica’s food culture from a local chef
- Prepare authentic island dishes like jerk chicken and saltfish and ackee
- Enjoy the pastoral setting of the Annandale Great House
- Transport to and from select Ocho Rios hotels is included
- Small-group cooking class limited to 15 people provides a more personalized experience
What You Can Expect
Built in 1760, Annandale sits on a working plantation with horses and cows and boasts lovely views of St Ann Parish’s verdant landscape. Its long history includes a visit by the Queen Mother, Elizabeth II’s late mother.
Your 2-hour cooking lesson takes place in the house’s outdoor kitchen, where you’ll meet your instructor, a local resident and trained chef. Listen as she gives you tips on how to choose the best fresh produce and properly prepare food before cooking. As you watch and learn how to make your own authentic Jamaican meal, hear a bit about the island’s food culture and history.
When you’ve finished preparing your meal, sit down with your fellow food lovers and dig in! You’ll be transported back to your starting point in Ocho Rios at the end of your class.
- Jerk chicken: Native to Jamaica, a style of cooking that entails rubbing a very spicy ‘jerk’ seasoning mixture onto the skin of the chicken before cooking it
- Saltfish and ackee: Jamaica’s national dish, made from salted cod and ackee, a tropical fruit that is boiled and then sauteed with the cod
- Fried plantains: A version of a banana that is typically eaten cooked, not raw
- Steamed cabbage