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Caribbean-On-Line » Caribbean Travel News » Antigua & Barbuda » Hotels » HERMITAGE BAY ANTIGUA ANNOUNCES NEW COOKING CLASSES, ORGANIC GARDEN


ANTIGUA (April 15, 2010) - Remaining true to its roots, Antigua's Hermitage Bay prides itself on providing guests with an authentic Caribbean dining experience-full of fragrant spices, exotic produce and seafood straight out of the ocean. Starting this month, Hermitage Bay's Executive Chef, and Jamaican native, Dezi Banham will offer culinary classes to demonstrate how Caribbean cooking techniques can be implemented back home for simple reminders of island living.

Following in the footsteps of the Italian "Slow Food Movement," where emphasis is placed on farm to table practices, Chef Dezi combines the island's local resources with his signature Caribbean flare to create memorable dishes for guests to enjoy together. "When cooking for our guests, I strive to capture the essence of family dinners prepared by my mother and grandmother," says Chef Dezi. "It is all about love for food and each other. I try to instill in my staff to always view the guests we serve as family."

Each week Chef Dezi, will educate guests on how to prepare a range of refined Caribbean classics found on Hermitage Bay's menus. The recipes chosen are prepared with ingredients mainly found on-island including fruits from the nearby fruit farm, mussels hand-picked just off-shore and herbs and vegetables from the resort's new organic garden.

Recently cultivated, Hermitage Bay's organic garden was developed to minimize the harmful effects of importation and maximize the many natural resources available on island. For further culinary education, tours of the garden--where native Caribbean vegetables like okra, calalloo and dasheen are grown in addition to essential ingredients like rosemary, thyme, mint and onions--are available to guests complimentary.

After a stay at Hermitage Bay, travelers will return home as masters in preparing bountiful breakfasts like Pumpkin Fritters to dinner delights such as Chef Dezi's award-winning recipe of Appleton Rum & Ginger Pork Sirloin.

Culinary classes are offered complimentary when booking an all-inclusive stay at Hermitage Bay. For reservations please call 268.562.8080 or visit

About Hermitage Bay

Situated on the west coast of Antigua overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this stunning privately owned property offers guests a romantic, tropical hideaway. Made-up of 25 spacious, freestanding Cottage Suites and flanked by over 140 acres of lush undeveloped land, guests of Hermitage Bay truly feel as if they have been transported to their own private island.

This ultra luxurious all inclusive resort, brings the clean lines and conveniences found with contemporary decor and design, yet remains true to its Caribbean location by offering organic, locally sourced gastronomy, and utilizing indigenous building materials, natural color schemes, and non-invasive development techniques. The result: a natural, sophisticated retreat for those looking to unwind and become reacquainted with their environment and the one they are with.

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