“I want to put Caribbean cuisine on the map for everyone. I want to share my story with others – that I really came from nothing to now be in front of the world.” – Chef Andre Fowles in an interview with Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the phenomenal chef has been making strides in the culinary business for a while. At the turn of this year (2016) his name began to be well recognized on the international stage when he entered and competed on the renowned cooking show ‘Chopped’ in February. He attributes his motivation for applying to be on the television show to his wife.
“My wife is a big fan of the show like myself, and said, “You should compete on Chopped!”, but I thought there were so many talented chefs out there that I wouldn’t stand a chance. But, I decided to give it a shot anyway, so I went online and signed up. Two weeks later, they called and said they were interested, and I couldn’t believe it. Eventually, I was informed I would be on the show.” – Chef Andre Fowles in an interview with Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica.
He honed his skills under the tutelage of his grandmother who had a passion for cooking and taught him the tricks of the trade growing up.
“My grandmother taught me to cook from the age of 4 and has inspired me to be a chef.” – Chef Andre Fowles, Caribbean themed episode (February 23, 2016), Chopped TV Show.
When he soon graduated from culinary school, he worked at Round Hill under the direction of Chef Maginley, then made his way to New York City where he currently works at a SoHo restaurant called ‘Miss Lily’s’. Miss Lily’s specializes in cooking and serving amazing Jamaican cuisines to tantalize one’s taste buds.
“Working under Chef Martin Maginley was an incredible experience. Chef Martin instilled in us to “never settle” and to “keep on moving”. He taught us not to think about the past, but to keep on proving and developing yourself. He also taught me to innovate on Caribbean cuisine and take it to that next level. I was able to take the expertise I learned at Round Hill with me to NYC.” – Chef Andre Fowles in an interview with Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica.
Chopped recognized his talents and passion for the art that he was asked to compete again in the Chopped Championships in April 2016 where he was the runner-up to Chef Greenberg. He nonetheless was the true victor in his homeland and to all his committed fans.
He was also awarded the Jamaican Observer’s Table Talk Food Award Brand Culinary Ambassador at the Food Awards in 2016.
He plans to use the funds from his winning in a very unique way. His future plans are bright and the sky is the limit as the only way to go is up.
“I am going to use them to visit my mom, whom I haven’t seen in 15 years. She left to England when I was 11 in search of better opportunity for our family and to support us. I want to surprise her and show her the man I have become.” – Chef Andre Fowles in an interview with Round Hill Hotel, Jamaica.
He has truly made Jamaica and the world proud and whatever his endeavors may be in the future, the support from his family, friends and fans is immeasurable.
So to you Chef Fowles, your supporters wish you the very best.
By Alexandra Daley