Today, I was lucky enough to meet Levi Roots, the ‘dragon slayer’ at the 2013 launch of The Big Lunch – a national event on the 2 June where communities all over the country come together to cook.
Levi was also promoting his new book ‘Grill It With Levi’ – a selection of easy Caribbean fusion recipes which are great for summer grilling and BBQs.
He even shared a video showing a bit of love and respect for The Travel Journo (well, this blog’s former identity, Oh So London) Check it out on You Tube here.
But for now, it’s over to Levi…
What was it that inspired you to support The Big Lunch?
Growing up in Jamaica, we didn’t always have everything we needed but your next door neighbour might have had something you didn’t and vice versa, so we’d all converse and make food together. Food always brings families together. The Big Lunch is about the community vibe and cooking is a great way to get together and even get the kids involved. That’s what it’s all about.
Where are we at with bringing Caribbean cooking to the London dining scene?
I’m all about bringing Caribbean food to the masses. I couldn’t name you my top Caribbean restaurants in London but I’m enjoying seeing how passionate people are about Caribbean food here and how when it is in the shops, how quickly it sells out. People are now using things like scotch bonnet chillis and allspice and I get a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that. The cuisine has arrived.
Are there basic ingredients everyone can have in their kitchen cupboards so they can cook Caribbean food?
Yes, you can walk into the likes of Asda and buy the five or six ingredients I call the ‘Sunshine kit’ in my new book – ‘Grill It With Levi’. (That’s scotch bonnet, allspice, pimento, nutmeg and bay leaves) Buy these ingredients and you have the basis for Caribbean cooking.