An Introduction to Caribbean Cuisine

Set your tastebuds ablaze with the vibrant cuisine of the Caribbean islands. We talk you through some of the best Caribbean food to try.

The jerk is the signature flavour of Jamaica and one of the Caribbean's most famous cuisines, jerk refers to a very spicy dry or wet rub applied to chicken or other meat. After absorbing the flavours, the meat is smoked and/or grilled to fiery perfection.

Calaloo is a vegetable dish with leafy greens (often from the namesake bush or from taro, water spinach and more) are boiled into a thick stew, which may include peppers, coconut milk, okra and all manner of meats and seafood.

The pepperpot is simmered in huge pots across the Caribbean, this thick and rich stew can include aubergine, okra, squash, potatoes and pretty much anything else that grows in the islands' rich earth. Beef is the most common meat, while fungi - tasty cornmeal dumplings - add texture.

Let’s not forget about the plantain which we will use to cook a very special recipe.

What to expect:

  • From mastering the jerk rub to perfecting the art of simmering pepperpot, you’ll gain valuable culinary skills.
  • Cook up a feast with different types of meat and vegetables in a range of dishes.
  • Learn how to transform plantain into a show-stopping side dish.
  • The classes are BYO so bring a bottle or two if you want to have a drink whilst cooking.
  • All timings for the classes include time to eat what you cooked afterwards.
  • These workshops are 100% hands-on. You won’t just watch; you’ll actively participate in preparing each dish.

Please note over 14’s are welcome to attend this class but must be accompanied with a full paying adult who has purchased their own ticket.

Let us know before the workshop if you have of any dietary requirements you need us to cater for

Minimum fitness level required.

Age restrictions: 16+

Adult £78

How to get there


  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

On the day

  • We do not provide any aprons. Please feel free to bring your own.
  • Bring your own Tupperwares just in case that there is any food leftover.
  • You can BYO if you would like to have a drink whilst cooking
  • Cooking it is in between Redland and Clifton downs train stations. Only a 5 minute walk.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 30 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 30 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Paul Mannering

Paul started his work in kitchens washing dishes as a 15 year old, and soon grew to love the hustle and bustle of this industry. He’s now worked as a professional chef for 24 years in kitchens all over the UK, as well as the U.A.E and Netherlands. As well as sharing his love for food at Cooking It, Mark also works at the National Chef Academy as Vice Principal, combining his passion for food and teaching with enthusiastic apprentice chefs. As a chef he’s willing to try anything and is always on the lookout for unique flavour combinations.

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