Breakfast with: Nina, Debbie and Kashia


Above: Kashia Cave, Debra Sardinha in conversation with Franka. PHOTO: Ardene Sirjoo


Welcome to our first episode of Breakfast with!

This episode featured some brilliant Caribbean women who have established a reputation for excellence in the culinary world.

Debra Sardinha is from a family synonymous with “sweet hand”. Chef Debbie is the daughter of Ken & Alison Sardinha who have been running The Blue Crab in Tobago for many years.

Debbie made history when she became the first woman executive chef at a Hilton in this hemisphere. Now she runs 54 Saddle, a popular restaurant in Maraval, Port of Spain. She’s passing on the culinary baton to her daughter Erin, a recent graduate of Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Kashia Diaz-Cave has proven herself a force to reckon with in Meriden, Connecticut. She has won many salutations from the city for her tireless promotion of healthy eating and cooking for the next generation at her organisation My City Kitchen, Inc.

Her next position takes her to Yale University where she’s going to be introducing Caribbean food to their menus. Kashia is also a chef consultant and works closely with Italian premium olive oil producers Enotre.

Nina Compton is a St Lucian chef, currently living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the runner-up in Bravo’s Top Chef in 2014 and now owns two restaurants – Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro.

Nina won a James Beard Award, the Oscars of the cooking world for Best Chef -South in 2018. She is the daughter of late St Lucian leader Sir John Compton.

We had a lovely breakfast courtesy Chef Bianca Bianco. Bianca is one of the most innovative chefs on the T&T culinary scene. She’s been successfully using local products to create a line of gluten-free products.

Breakfast with… is presented with the kind support of Stingrae Caribbean – one of the leading purveyors of seafood in Trinidad and Tobago. Check out their Facebook page for more information about their specials and latest additions.


Produced by: Ardene Sirjoo

Theme music: Lyndon Livingstone – Razorshop Productions

Artwork: Poteon Productions

Location courtesy: Biondi Bachew and Brigette Joseph

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