Episode Recap: The Guinness BLACK FOODIE Battle

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In this episode of the BLACK FOODIE Battle, four contestants competed to create a winning dish using the legendary Guinness Draught stout.

The Battle, first launched during the COVID-19 quarantine in April 2020, is a social media cooking competition that turns contestant-submitted recipe videos into an engaging show that highlights the best of Black food culture.

On Sunday, March 7th, viewers watched cooking instructor Monique Creary battle it out against chefs Adrian Forte, Suzanne Barr, and Noel Cunningham in an 8-minute episode that left viewers both drooling and inspired.

A stout for the culture

Originally brewed in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Ireland, Guinness is known for its deep ruby colour and smooth, creamy head. The coffee-like taste of the beer, with its balanced sweet and bitter character, make it a perfect match for the spices and ingredients popular in Afro-Caribbean cooking.

For many across the African diaspora, Guinness Draught stout is a mainstay in cultural food traditions. In fact, 40% of all Guinness is sold in Africa, with breweries located in Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. The drink is also widely consumed across the West Indies and especially in Jamaica where a punch — widely believed to provide drinkers with a boost of stamina — is made with the stout along with cinnamon and condensed milk. It’s no wonder then, that this episode of the BLACK FOODIE Battle was such a hit!

Saucy oxtail garnished with scallions and accompanied by spinners
Noel’s oxtail got a deep hit of umami flavour thanks to a rich Guinness braise.

Despite tough competition, Chef Noel Cunningham was crowned winner of this episode with his Guinness-braised oxtail and pan-fried spinners. The oxtail is rich, savoury, and perfectly tender thanks to the fizzy, foamy nature of the beer. If you’re looking to impress someone with your cooking skills, grab and bookmark the recipe here.

Compete in the next BLACK FOODIE Battle!

If you’re a chef or foodie looking to flex your skills on camera and introduce yourself to the BLACK FOODIE community through the next episode of the Battle, make sure you’re following us on social media and are subscribed to our email newsletter so you don’t miss our next call for contestants.

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