Renowned chef brings Caribbean food to Regina's Rosemont

It's burgers and chicken fingers through the rest of the week, but on Thursdays at lunch chef Dave Hall lays out his Caribbean buffet

Jamaican chef Dave Hall is winning over many customers including some Roughriders

David Hall has been cooking since was a 13-year-old boy in Jamaica. He told CBC's Sheila Coles his story. (Nichole Huck/CBC)

 Where did Jerome Messam get fuelled up before he left Regina for Calgary?

 On Thursdays at lunch you could often find him chowing down on Dave Hall's Caribbean buffet.  

The restaurant is hidden away behind the Orr Centre in Regina's Rosemont neighbourhood. The buffet features jerk chicken, barbecued ribs, sweet coconut curried shrimp and other assorted spicy specialties.

"In the Caribbean, in Jamaica, we cook it over a live charcoal pit," said chef David Hall of his jerk chicken.

 In Canada, an oven takes its place.  

The secret to his homemade spice mix, he says, is scotch bonnet peppers.  

Riders get their spice on

The buffet has built him a fan following, including many in the Roughrider organization.

"The players love the oxtail, curried goat, jerk chicken, and jerk pork," Hall said.    

The players love the oxtail, curried goat, jerk chicken, and jerk pork.- David Hall

Hall grew up in Jamaica,  one of ten children with a working mother.  As one of the eldest, he had to learn his way around a kitchen.

"I've been cooking since I was 13.  I got my first restaurant job by 17," he said. 

Work on cruise ships furthered his culinary education.  That was followed by experience working with award-winning chefs in Edmonton, including Emmanuel David.

Hall himself won in the Gold Medal Plates competition in 2006.

Hall moved to Regina in 2009 and is most appreciative of his Rosemont regulars.

"I get the love from them. I get a lot of business, a lot of support."

The Caribbean buffet is served from 11:30 to 1:30 every Thursday at the Orr Centre.


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