Transport yourself to the Caribbean with holiday rum cake from this purist chef


She can’t actually transport you to her kitchen in Trinidad, but Ave Dinzey says eating the food she cooks for you here is the next best thing.

“My flavours are simple, but I’m a purist,” the Winnipeg chef said of her Caribbean cooking.

“To me, you could close your eyes and the only thing missing is the sand between your toes.”

Dinzey, who moved to Winnipeg at 12 from Trinidad, said she spent 25 years as a flight attendant before she was ready for something different. She turned to her real love: cooking.

She wanted to expand Winnipeg’s Caribbean culinary scene beyond the classic roti, so she opened Purple Hibiscus, a 28-seat restaurant in St. Boniface. She worked 20-hour days for three years before closing up the shop and converting to catering.

“My feet were in a mess, they were bleeding, they…

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