Norma Shirley

Norma Shirley has been called the “Julia Child of the Caribbean”. With her generosity of spirit (and decidedly feisty nature in the kitchen) Norma has introduced legions of fans to the world of Jamaican cuisine. Born in Jamaica, and trained as a nurse, Norma didn’t develop a love of food until her mid-twenties, when she had to learn to cook for her American husband. (She literally couldn’t boil an egg until she met him.) Her homeland eventually drew her back to the island in the 1980s, and there she combined her Jamaican roots with her growing passion in the kitchen. Now “Norma’s” restaurants in Jamaica are must-stops for celebrities and politicians who equate Norma’s flavourful cooking with the breezy essence of the Caribbean itself.