First generation Jamaicans honoured at banquet
ELDERS from Bristol's Caribbean community have been honoured for their contribution to society at a ceremony at Colston Hall.
As part of Black History Awareness Month and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, the first generation of Jamaicans to arrive in Britain were recognised for paving the way for future generations.
The event was the brainchild of chef Branatic Neufville from Rice and Things restaurant in Stokes Croft. The Jamaican-born chef has been cooking all his life and set up his own business after being inspired by an elder who wanted to buy his food.
He said: "I have so much respect for the older generation and wanted to treat them to the best food imaginable. To combine it with an award ceremony is the icing on the cake."
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Over 80 people were honoured at the gala dinner with 20 special honours made in the first awards ceremony of its kind.
Chef Neufville treated the 120-strong guest list to a four-course authentic Caribbean banquet. The menu included lobster and crab, callaloo steamed in coconut milk, escovitch tilapia fillets as well as chef's signature curried goat dish.
A message of support was sent from the governor general of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, outlining the courage and endurance of the migrants of the 1950s and 1960s in paving the way for the benefit of future generations.