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Vernon Hassell, The MarketPlace's vice president of purchasing and procurement (left) with Glenn Jones, the Bermuda Tourism Authority's interim chief executive officer, looking at an in-store banner marking the 2021 Restaurant Weeks partnership (Photograph supplied)
The MarketPlace is teaming up with the Bermuda Tourism Authority as part of Restaurant Weeks (Photograph supplied)
The MarketPlace is teaming up with the Bermuda Tourism Authority as part of Restaurant Weeks (Photograph supplied)

A Bermuda-based virtual cooking class led by a celebrity chef will be a run as part of the Restaurant Weeks programme.

The online lesson will be held next Wednesday in a partnership between the Bermuda Tourism Authority and The MarketPlace supermarket chain.

Eric Adjepong, a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, will teach viewers how to create coconut curry lobster and coconut rice.

He will also talk about his visits to Bermuda in 2019 and 2020.

Special displays in The MarketPlace’s Hamilton, Heron Bay and Shelly Bay stores will help people find the ingredients they need to take part.

Vernon Hassell, MarketPlace’s vice president of purchasing and procurement, said: “Over the past year, preparing meals at home has become very popular with our customers.

“We’re pleased to work with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and chef Eric Adjepong to lean into this trend and make cooking at home a little more adventurous, entertaining and Bermuda-inspired.”

A BTA spokeswoman added that the authority made “special efforts to promote the class to Work from Bermuda residents, likely experiencing their first Bermuda lobster season”.

She added: “Additionally, travel journalists in the US will receive a care package of Chef Eric’s recipe and ingredients by mail and will have access to a dedicated question and answer period with the chef and BTA interim CEO Glenn Jones ahead of the cooking class.”

Mr Jones, also the BTA’s chief experience development officer, said: “Chef Eric made such a connection to the culture and community here in Bermuda during his visits, he’s become an advocate for the island in his travels.

“Albeit not in person, I’m glad Chef Eric is able to carve out time in his schedule to be with us for the tenth anniversary of Restaurant Weeks.”

Mr Adjepong added: “Bermuda Restaurant Weeks is one of my favourite food and cultural gatherings anywhere in the world.

“I’m always impressed by the country’s bountiful agriculture.

“Pair that with some of Bermuda’s amazing culinary talent and this festival is just too good for me to miss.”

Ticket sales on Ptix will close on February 8 so that viewers have time to receive the recipe and buy ingredients.

The BTA spokeswoman added: “Buying ingredients from The MarketPlace is not required, but the grocery chain has conveniently gathered all the ingredients – including lobster tail – and displayed them in the same general area of their three busiest stores, one each in the east, central and west parts of the island.

“Purchasing locally harvested lobster is a key option for ticket buyers, which aligns well with this year’s Restaurant Weeks harvest heroes theme.”

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Published February 05, 2021 at 1:35 pm (Updated February 05, 2021 at 1:35 pm)

Celebrity chef signs up for Restaurant Weeks partnership

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