Caribbean chef spices up Preston hotpot

DIFFERENT STROKES: Mayoress Barbara Pomfret and Mayor Nick Pomfret with chef Hemanth Kumar, Caribbean King Keith Powell and Queen Julia Russell at Turtle Bay

DIFFERENT STROKES: Mayoress Barbara Pomfret and Mayor Nick Pomfret with chef Hemanth Kumar, Caribbean King Keith Powell and Queen Julia Russell at Turtle Bay

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Lancashire’s traditional hotpot has been spiced up and given a Caribbean twist.

Chefs at Preston’s new Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay, which will be opening its doors next week, have launched their own jerk version of the classic Lancashire hotpot.

Among the first to try the colourful creation were Preston Mayor Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara, along with the Preston Caribbean Carnival king and queen.

Turtle Bay, at Crystal House, Cheapside, will host its opening party on Thursday, November 27 – Lancashire Day – and will open for business the following day.

Head chef Colin Scott has added his own special Caribbean twist to the classic Lancashire hotpot.

The restaurant and bar, which will become the official sponsor of the Preston Caribbean Carnival, taking place in 2015, aims to bring an authentic Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the city and wanted to make its mark with this special nod to local cuisine.

Chef Colin Scott said: “At Turtle Bay, we have a whole menu of delicious one-pot dishes – rich, slow-cooked Caribbean comfort food at its absolute best.

“We thought a Caribbean version of the traditional Lancashire hotpot was the perfect way to celebrate our new neighbourhood.

“Our new Caribbean Lancashire hotpot fuses influences from Barbados to Blackburn. With goat replacing lamb and brimming with flavours, we think we’ve created the perfect blend of Northern comfort cooking and Caribbean soul food.”

To road-test the first ever Caribbean Lancashire hotpot, Colin invited proud Lancastrian Coun Pomfret to sample the dish.

Preston Mayor Coun Pomfret gave the Caribbean hotpot a resounding thumbs up, saying: “It was fantastic.

“I love spicy food and this dish was great because it looked like a traditional hotpot, but when you tucked in, it had wonderful Caribbean spices giving it a real flavour.

“I think it might well be my favourite Lancashire hotpot.”

Turtle Bay founder Ajith Jayawickrema said: “Our aim is to capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for – making customers happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.

“Turtle Bay is a democratic destination – chief executives are as welcome as students.

“It is accessible, it is sociable and it is real, authentic Caribbean food.”