Jamie Oliver’s jerk rice was a recipe for disaster – here’s how to make a great Caribbean marinade | Food


Jamie Oliver has given the world his take on cuisine from Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, France and now Jamaica, but he’s caused an outcry with his new “Punchy jerk rice” – a microwavable rice product that has all the patois, but none of the flavour.

Dawn Butler, the Labour MP for Brent Central, who has Jamaican parents, had strong words for Oliver on Twitter. “I’m just wondering do you know what Jamaican jerk actually is?”, Butler wrote. “It’s not just a word you put before stuff to sell products. Your jerk rice is not OK. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop.”

Jerk is seasoning usually used on chicken or pork. TV chef Rustie Lee, who was born in Jamaica, tried Oliver’s rice and told the Guardian she “didn’t like it” and that there’s “no such…

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