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Fans can now take a deep breath, set their DVRs, schedule those weekly viewing parties and ready their aprons, because the long-awaited premiere of Taste the Islands (Season II) airs Sunday, June 11th on Create®TV, with staggered releases around the country on independent public television stations starting July 1st. Check your local listings for times and dates.


(L-R) “Taste the Islands” Associate Producer Lukkee Chong, makeup artist Rory Lee, host Chef Thia, Executive Producer Calibe Thompson & host Chef Irie

Taste the Islands creator and Executive Producer Calibe Thompson released the news via social media, showing the cast and crew, inclusive of co-producer, Lukkee Chong, gracing the cover of the American Public Television (APT) May Newsletter. With season one under the belt, it was an honor to hear the show had been picked up for a second season by APT, the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations.


“Taste the Islands” is a half-hour cooking series featuring Caribbean-themed recipes and travel segments. The cast and crew have been cooking up another batch of tasty treats for those gastronomes who fell in love with the show’s first season. Jamaican Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair, breakout star of season one, welcomes a new show host in “Lisa Lee” Arneaud, and rolls out the red carpet for fellow culinarian Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna from Haiti. The family friendly program presents an opportunity for viewers to learn about the fascinating food and culture of the Caribbean. Funding for “Taste the Islands” season two is provided by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Grace Foods and Lakay Food.

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The cast of “Taste the Islands” Season 2: Chef Thia, Lisa Lee & Chef Irie. Photo by: David I. Muir

Said Executive Producer Calibe Thompson. “Taste the Islands offers a window into Caribbean culture for our viewers across the country, and inspires pride in our own community. We’re excited to see the response to season two and hope to showcase the cuisine of even more beautiful Caribbean islands in our next season!”

“Taste the Islands” season two premieres nationwide on Create TV June 11, and on South Florida PBS (Ch. 2) on July 1 at 3:30PM. Visit or your public TV station’s website for local listings.

About Blondie Ras Productions

Blondie Ras Productions is a South Florida video production company that creates Caribbean-inspired lifestyle content for a sophisticated viewing audience. The company seeks to become the preeminent source for Caribbean-related television content.


About Create TV

Create® TV, is the dynamic 24/7 digital channel of popular lifestyle programming distributed by American Public Television (APT). Its do-it-yourself genres include the best from APT’s extensive library of cooking, home-improvement, gardening, painting, crafts and travel series, as well as well-known titles from NETA and PBS.


About APT

American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Founded in 1961, among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, A Place to Call Home, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker,Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its 12th year, Create®TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — is distributed by American Public Television. APT also distributes WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

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