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The fully-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada has appointed Paul Owens as the new Executive Chef. Owens experience will take Spice Island’s restaurants to a new level of culinary delight.He brings culinary knowledge from impressive establishments in the UK and held two AA rosettes, an award given to chefs who display innovation, greater technical skills, and consistency in combining and balancing ingredients, while employed as executive chef at these establishments. Owens was born in England and trained at the Youth Training Scheme (Y.T.S.).

Dining at Spice is distinctively Grenadian, from the cuisine and island setting to the warm hospitality and the people.

Executive Chef Owens was willing to share his recipe for Sesame Cured Yellow Fin Tuna with us.

Sesame cured Yellow fin Tuna

Christophine Remoulade

Soy & Ginger Dressing

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

2lb Yellow fin Tuna Loin (sushi Grade)

1oz sesame seeds

1oz black sesame seeds

1 table spoon cracked Black Pepper

1teaspoon kosher salt

4 medium size Christophine (can be substituted for Celeriac)

8oz mayonnaise

2oz wholegrain mustard

1 large white onion

10 oz Good quality dark Soy sauce

1 oz toasted sesame oil

1oz pink pickled ginger


Mix the sesame seeds, cracked black pepper and salt together. On a tray, roll the Tuna in the mix coating evenly. Roll tightly in plastic wrap (cling film) and refrigerate over night.

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Peel & grate the Christophine. Mix it with the whole grain mustard and mayonnaise. Chop the onion finely and add to the mix (best made 1 day in advance).

Chop the pickled ginger finely and add it to the soy and sesame oil.

Let the tuna cool to room temperature. In a hot heavy bottom pan, place the Tuna and cook until it turns pale about ½ cm around the outside, leaving the inside pink.

Slice thinly and place on top of the Remoulade. Top with the dressing and serve with a glass of good sauvignon Blanc.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more. As we love this group, we were delighted to discover this resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Spice Island Beach Resort

473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807

e-mail: spiceisl@spiceisle.com


Hope you enjoy the tuna and let me know if you go to Spice Island Resort.

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