SOURCE: Jamaica Tourist Board

June 30, 2008 13:27 ET

Jamaican Chef Nigel Spence to Be Featured on Air Jamaica's Award Winning Series "Island Stylee"

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Jamaican chef and New York restaurateur Nigel Spence will appear in the award winning in-flight program "Island Stylee" on Air Jamaica, Jamaica's national airline. The episode will begin airing mid July 2008. Hosted by former Miss Jamaica and BET host Rachel Stuart, the feature focuses on accomplished Jamaican nationals in New York, their lives, accomplishments and how they stay connected to their Caribbean roots.

Jamaica's Director of Tourism Basil Smith said, "We are excited to see Chef Spence represent Jamaica and showcase our interesting and delicious culinary traditions in the program. He is an extremely talented and personable individual and will surely entertain the thousands of passengers who will be watching the program."

Nigel Spence, an alumnus of the exclusive Culinary Institute of America, opened Ripe Kitchen and Bar in 2003. Since then, the restaurant has received glowing accolades from esteemed media outlets including the New York Times, The Journal News, Westchester Magazine, the Jamaican Magazine and Jamaican Eats.

In less than a year he has had multiple appearances on Food Network where he competed against celebrity Chef Bobby Flay in a Jerk Ribeye grill off which he (Spence) won. As one of the most popular chefs to appear on that series -- "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" -- Spence was brought back to the Food Network last month in a special titled "Rematch on the Grill" where he again competed against Flay and was the only chef who managed to earn a second win.

Chef Spence has also appeared on "Tony's Table" on CBS Morning News (Channel 2) and "Neighborhood Eats" on New York's ABC News (Channel 7).

From a field of over 1,100 entries from 23 countries, "Island Stylee," a Frame by Frame Production, won the top honor in its class -- the Certificate of Excellence -- for the seventh time at the US International Film and Video Festival held in Los Angeles, California last year. This episode of "Island Stylee" will run for three months and will be aired on all Air Jamaica flights to the United States and Toronto, Canada to an expected audience of 375,000 passengers.

About Nigel Spence, Executive Chef Ripe Kitchen and Bar

Chef Spence, a Culinary Institute of America (CIA) alumnus, hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Ripe is Mr. Spence's first entrepreneurial endeavor outside of a road side "jerk shack" that helped underwrite his studies at CIA.

As part of CIA's intense training program, Nigel interned at the Television Food Network. Upon graduation, Nigel was asked to stay on at the network. TVFN afforded Nigel the opportunity to work with culinary luminaries such as Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Bobby Flay.

For more information on Chef Spence and Ripe, please visit www.riperestaurant.com.

About Frame by Frame Productions

Formed in 1992 the privately owned film and production company is headed by Max Earle and Lukkee Chong with Diba Mohammed as producer. Frame by Frame's portfolio of work include: Sandals Resorts International, Margaritaville Caribbean and a series of tourism videos and commercials for the island of St. Kitts as well as the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Anguilla Jazz Festival and Turks and Caicos Jazz Festival.

Frame by Frame has its head offices in Kingston, Jamaica and a second office with a state of the art post production facility in Sunrise, Florida.

About the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean's Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for 2006 and 2007, while Jamaica earned the WTA's vote as the World's Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean's Leading Destination and the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

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