YouTube video highlighting Bahamian cuisine scores over 8 million views – Eye Witness News

YouTube video highlighting Bahamian cuisine scores over 8 million views – Eye Witness News

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An episode of a hit YouTube series that featured Bahamian cuisine has garnered 8 million views in just over a year since its release.

The widely watched episode of “Best Ever Food Review Show”, titled “Bizarre Bahamas!! More Unseen EXTREME Seafood” was released on February 9, 2022 and received praise from viewers around the world, many of whom expressed interest in visit the Bahamas to experience their culinary offerings first-hand.

In the episode, viewers are taken on an hour and 30-minute culinary adventure in which host Sonny Side immerses himself in Bahamian food culture, sampling local specialties such as Bahamian Grilled Lobster from Frankie’s Gone Bananas; conch salad at Dino’s Gourmet Conch Salad and Fisherman Yellow’s in Montague Beach; conch fritters from The Captain’s Table; grilled wild boar ribs from wild-caught Andros wild boar; and a plethora of other appetizing Bahamian dishes.

While the episode’s widespread popularity marks a significant step forward for Bahamian cuisine and demonstrates that there is a global appetite for its unique and flavorful dishes, it is also a reminder of the vital role food plays in the Bahamas’ orange economy. Bahamas. .

The orange economy refers to the cultural and creative industries, encompassing various fields such as music, art, theatre, film, fashion, literature and of course the culinary arts.

Celebrity Bahamian chef Simeon Hall Jr, who appears in the episode and shares a seated meal of griot-inspired pork ribs with the host, points out that food culture is often overlooked as an essential part of the orange economy. in the Bahamas.

“Despite being an integral part of the orange economy, Bahamian food culture is one of its least regarded, if most consumed, aspects of it,” Hall said.

Chef Simeon Hall Jr, Bahamian celebrity chef and owner of Simeon Hall Restaurant Management Group (Image: Melissa Alcena)

“Not only does our food support us, but it is also a crucial part of our cultural identity. The culinary arts hold an important place in the creative economy by offering tourists from here and abroad a way to connect and discover our culture through our distinctive cuisine.

Chef Hall, who is a strong proponent of the ‘farm-to-table’ and ‘sea-to-spoon’ movements, also noted that Bahamian food culture is about more than what’s on the plate. .

He explained, “The culinary culture of the Bahamas is so rich and vast that it often turns into entertainment and recreation. Tourists come to the Bahamas not just to eat our food, but to be part of its culinary process, from catching fresh local fish and spearing crawfish, to watching the skillful preparation of tropical conch salad, it is an immersive process.

“I have always believed that food is not just meant to be eaten, but rather experienced in its entirety,” Hall continued.

“That’s what makes Bahamian cuisine so special and why it appeals to millions around the world. As Bahamians, it is important for us to recognize the unique selling point of our cuisine and include the culinary arts in conversations about the orange economy in the Bahamas.

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