PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (July 28, 2010) - Hip-hop superstar "Fat Joe" Cartagena, who released a new album this week, was seen earlier this month in the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com), where he performed a live show at the trendy night club 1-Eleven on July 17. Along with his personal chef, known simply as Chef Mark, Fat Joe sampled St. Maarten's culinary offerings, shooting video along the way.
The resulting footage will feature hip-hop's first and only professionally-trained gourmet chef on a mission around the Caribbean to find the best restaurants and the most authentic island dishes. Chef Mark and Fat Joe will showcase some of the island's hippest restaurants as well as beaches, shopping, nightlife and local culture in a 30 minute television special.
One of the highlights of the program, Fat Joe and Chef Mark were both invited to Temptation's - one of the island's most popular restaurants serving up "Nouveau Caribbean" cuisine in an ultra-hip atmosphere. Award-winning chef, Dino Jagtiani, was pleasantly surprised by Fat Joe's "culinary expertise" and reported that the duo "cooked up a storm."
No date has been established for the release of the video, but fans of Fat Joe can lean back and await what promises to be an exciting half-hour special on St. Maarten with the artist who gave us the blockbuster hit album, J.O.S.E. - "Jealous Ones Still Envy."
"We are honored that Fat Joe selected St. Maarten for the first episode of his new culinary program," said Edward Dest, Director of Marketing at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, who attended the concert at 1-Eleven.
"Fat Joe has sold over 2.5 million albums and discovered some of the hottest hip-hop artists. His appeal goes beyond the large Latino community and spans young people around the world. His presence in St. Maarten is in itself an endorsement of our product and the television special will further boost our image as the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean," added Dest.
St. Maarten keeps food lovers satisfied by offering more than 365 different restaurants, one for every day of the year, creating a true epicurean adventure. The undisputed "Culinary Capital of the Caribbean" excites taste buds by combining a variety of international cuisines with authentic Caribbean flair and a passion for cooking that is unrivaled in the region.
Exploring the restaurant scene in St. Maarten is an adventure in itself. Diners can find romantic restaurants in Cupecoy and Maho, a variety of bistros on Front Street in Philipsburg, and beachside bars and outdoor cafes that are guaranteed to please at Simpson Bay.
For more information on culinary adventures in St. Maarten, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.
St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.
Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.
Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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