Kamal Kalokah | 10.29.2016
Kamal was raised in a traditional Jamaican family where he began at an early age cooking with his mother, Ouida Bradshaw, chef/owner of Jamaicaway Restaurant. He started his culinary career as an apprentice under Grabriel Frasca at Spire Restaurant in the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, MA. After completing his stage experience he enrolled at Johnson and Wales University in pursuit of a bachelors degree in culinary arts. While studying he worked for Sean Brasel at Touch Restaurant on Miami Beach, FL. Under Sean’s guidance, Kamal strengthened his skills and techniques in modern Latin-American cuisine. He took a year long “food sabbatical” from line cooking to better enhance his knowledge in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. In doing so he ventured throughout the households and “mom and pop” restaurants in Miami, learning the authentic techniques of cooking flavors of the African diaspora. Along with his Miami excursion, he spent time in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica where he furthered his culinary learning experience. He has been co-chef at Jamaicaway restaurant through most of his post school years in Nashville, contributing to much of its success and execution of its wonderful flavors. From 2012-2013 he provided personal chef services on world tours for the international recording artists, Drake and Rihanna respectively. He provided chef services for Drake on his Club Paradise tour for seven months, and was Rihanna’s personal in-house for chef for five months while she recorded her multi-platinum Unapologetic album. Along with house services, he was Rihanna’s personal chef on her 777 Tour traveling to seven different countries in seven days. His touring experiences have led him to cook for many entertainers and pop culture icons such as Quincy Jones, Richard Branson, and Sade. Along with continuing tour chef services for top musicians, he is chef/co-owner of Riddim N’ Spice. Riddim N’ Spice is a fresh casual restaurant concept that provides a quick and easy approach to rich and authentic Caribbean flavors. It will be opening in the North Nashville area late winter 2017.