Noted Jamaican chef Norma Shirley has died. Shirley, who was 72, was best known for her chain of restaurants: Norma’s on the Terrace at the Devon House courtyard in St Andrew, Norma’s at the Marina in Port Antonio, Portland, and Norma’s on the Beach in Negril.
The restaurateur, whose acumen in the kitchen has been featured in major food publications such as Bon Appetit, was called “the Julia Child of the Caribbean” by Food & Wine.
Shirley had also been featured in numerous international magazines, which include Vogue London, Vogue New York and Bride’s, among others. She was also an author with the book Life in the Food Lane, collaborated on the production of The Book of Jamaica: A Culinary Quest.
Shirley, who was born in Jamaica, trained to be a nurse and lived in the United States — in New York and Massachusetts — and in Sweden, Scotland, and England.
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