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Jacqui Sinclair, Leisha Wong and Melanie Miller

Jamaican food feeds the souls of its people. Its fiery heat, rich sauces, and fresh produce speak to the spices that create the people in this “out of many” island.

KINGSTON KITCHEN is an artisan open-air food court and food market series that will be held every other month, and highlights the local culinary talents of Jamaica, as well as offers a wonderful family day out.

Artisan food markets are the future of dining, and it’s not just us who think so. According to the international food magazine Bon Appétit, these food markets are where you will find “the country’s next great dining scene…where inspired chefs and food artisans are changing the way we eat out.” This is exactly what we hope KINGSTON KITCHEN will be. In essence, the idea is to integrate local chefs, restaurateurs, food-makers, caterers, shoppers, foodies, and families in a culinary destination, creating an environment that shows Jamaicans that they can eat affordably, exciting, local and fresh.

So who are the ladies behind KINGSTON KITCHEN?

Jacqui Sinclair — More popularly known as “The Juicy Chef”, Jacqui is a Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef, who turned her energies to food styling and media in London, before returning to Jamaica five years ago. She has a huge fan base thanks to the weekly food column she had in The Jamaica Observer for five years, and continues to connect with her readers through blogging for Kingston Kitchen and contributing to the magazine. She hosts a food segment on Island Stylee (Caribbean Airlines’ in-flight programme), has a food show in the works as well as a book, and often hosts food journalists when they visit Jamaica.

Leisha Wong — Leisha moved to Jamaica seven years ago and worked as a journalist at The Jamaica Observer for two years before heading to SkyWritings magazine where she was the editor. She is an avid foodie, and has written about food for almost 10 years, through her posts at The New York Daily News, and as associate editor at Florida International Magazine in Miami. She has recently written for MACO Caribbean, KUYA and OUR Jamaica magazines. Currently she is also the editor of KGN. Kitchen magazine.

Melanie Miller — Accomplished event designer and planner with over 12 years of experience in the industry, Melanie’s passion for design started with a degree in Interior Design. After studying in Atlanta, she moved to Florida and continued her studies at Florida International University. As a part of the FIU family, she became involved with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which became her home for seven years. Upon moving back to Jamaica, she fused her two passions, producing and styling events locally. Her portfolio includes project manager for The Jamaica Observer Food Awards, numerous corporate events, private functions and a host of beautiful weddings.

We hope you can join us on this exciting culinary journey that is set not only to define Jamaica’s growing food scene, but also forge a path for its future.


Leisha, Jacqui and Melanie
The Kingston Kitchen team