Chef and business owner, Anya Peters, honors her heritage by bringing her grandmother’s memory and Jamaican cuisine to the table.
Chef Anya Peters is the founder of Kit an’ Kin, a Brooklyn-based culinary studio that documents and celebrates Caribbeanness through food and storytelling. To say we were excited to honor Caribbean food at the table would be an understatement. In March 2021, Chef Anya presented, Ovayard, a 3-course food journey inspired by the land her grandmother grew up in outside of Kingston, Jamaica.
She describes her grandmother’s home, Ovayard, as paradise on Earth
Growing up in a Caribbean household, Sunday was considered the day of the Sabbath – a day concise with a big, family feast. Peters recalls her grandmother making curry goat, steamed chicken, rice & peas, and gungo pea soup. The menu created for her A NIGHT IN installation was an homage and celebration of all the Sunday suppers she had growing up, as well as those suppers that are yet to come.
Chef Anya’s main course brought us fricassee chicken, which is Peters’ mother’s favorite Sunday dish. For our pop-up, Chef Anya paired this chicken with plantain confit, coconut rice & peas and refreshing & crisp cho cho slaw. The menu concluded with the dessert – a chilled corn custard with a passionfruit cocoa tea brittle.
The entire dining experience circulated around a theme that’s foundational to most of Chef Anya’s work: home.
Peters’ soft voice and calming nature carried sentiments of the same kind, and aligns with how she wants her food to be approached.
It’s safe to say that we felt exactly that.
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