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Forest Gate chef to launch St Lucian cookbook

PUBLISHED: 14:57 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 23 March 2017

Denis Rosembert with Pearlette Louisy, Governor General for St Lucia

Denis Rosembert with Pearlette Louisy, Governor General for St Lucia

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A West Indian chef is launching his new cookbook Taste Of The French Caribbean.

St Lucia-born Denis Rosembert, who grew up in Catherine Road, Forest Gate, has packed the book with foolproof recipes, which can be created at home with a minimum amount of fuss.

The book, which was inspired by customers at his restaurant, Chez Denis in Norwich, ties together the former Rokeby School student’s favourite family recipes with unique island flavour and will be launched at Greenlight Youth Club, in Bow Road.

“So many people love the way I cook, I cook everything from scratch,” he explained.

“Everything is marinated, people ask, how can mutton be done tenderly - I marinate it for eight days.

“It’s more than just using salt and pepper, you have to allow the meat to really absorb the herbs and spices.”

The 59-year-old, who used to represent Newham in judo competitions, found his love for cooking at the age of six, after studying his grandmother’s cooking, who he credits for showing him how to make creole hot pepper sauce, fresh conch salad and Cajun catfish.

“St Lucia back then was like a third world country, we didn’t have electricity or gas,” he said.

“We’d go hunting and fishing and I’d have to clean and prepare all of it myself.

“Any excess fish we had - a lot of Tilapia - we would sell to the old ladies.

“I think my entrepreneurial spirit started from that.”

Denis will be reading extracts and explaining a few of his recipes at his book launch.

“I love what I do and because I love what I do, everything has to be perfect,” he added.

“I’ve done well for myself and I feel like I should give something back.”

The night will also play host a Caribbean theme and singers on the night.

The launch is pm March 32 from 7pm to 10pm.

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