• Meet Shivi Ramoutar – Caribbean Food Supremo

    We are so excited to introduce you to Shivi Ramoutar.

    Much like us, Shivi is a woman on a mission to bring delicious new and fresh flavours inspired by her childhood to our homes. As a big fan of Mello we are excited to reveal that Shivi will be sharing her delicious recipes with us so we can all #EscapeTheOrdinary in the kitchen with her yummy Caribbean inspired dishes.

    Find Shivi’s first Recipe here- Pulled Pork & Watermelon Salad and for a chance to WIN her amazing ‘Caribbean Modern’ recipe book see our competition below.


    Why you definitely need to know more about Shivi…

    Having recently launched her first cookbook ‘Caribbean Modern: Recipes from the Rum Islands’, guest featured on Saturday Kitchen and hailed as the “Caribbean Food Supremo” by The Guardian; Shivi is one of the most exciting new chefs to hit the scene.

    And that’s not the only reason why we love her…

    Born in Trinidad and with a culturally diverse background, similarly to us, Shivi followed a somewhat typical career path and studied Law at university. Having always enjoyed cooking growing up, it wasn’t until she moved to London, with its eclectic mix of cultures and food that her passion for her first love, Caribbean food, was ignited. Taking the decision to leave a career in Law, Shivi made it her culinary mission to twist classic Caribbean dishes and ingredients from her childhood into her own vibrant, fresh and easy-to-make delights. Turning her passion for food and adventure into a career.

    Shivi gives us a quick Q&A to learn a little more about what makes her tick…

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    How did you escape the ordinary?
    A mixture of redundancy, nothing to lose and a passion for Caribbean cuisine! (The fact that I didn’t own a suit – that should’ve also being a huge hint!)

    How would you describe a typical day in the life of Shivi?
    Elbow deep in Jamaican Patty mince for my supper-club one day and doing a 9am Rum Cake tasting the next!

    What or who inspires you & why?
    I’m inspired by women supporting each other and encouraging each other to succeed, in whatever way that means to them.

    When are you at your happiest?
    When I’m with my favourite people and have a gargantuan banana split to hand!

    What is the best advice you have ever received?
    Don’t do something just for the destination, do it for the love of the journey.

    What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
    Sitting in front of the piano – playing and writing.

    Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
    Frida Kahlo, Ina Garten, Bob Marley, Julia Child, Kahl Drogo, Albus Dumbledore 

    What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
    Out of the kitchen I’m a clutz, give me anything to slip on and I guarantee I never miss it! 

    What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Turning my passion into a career, despite a lot of set-backs!

    Shivi’s story is a great example of how you can ‘Escape The Ordinary’, follow your passion and change your life. Tell us how you plan to #EscapeTheOrdinary. You never know where it will take you, the experiences you will have, the people you will meet and the career path you will take.

    WIN Shivi’s ‘Caribbean Modern’ recipe book & cooler bag of Mello Melon Juice

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    Competition Terms and Conditions

    1. Entries to the prize draw may be submitted from 9 am on 08.12.2015 until Midday on 04.01.2016. Entries received before or after this date and time will not be entered into the prize draw.
    2. To take part in the promotion and be eligible to win a prize, entrants must follow @mellomelonjuice and retweet one of the promotional tweets: “Meet @shiviramoutar Caribbean Food Supremo sharing her delicious recipes with us RT & FOLLOW TO WIN her book.”
    3. Prize draw: One winner will be selected at random from the list of entrants on the week commencing 04.01.2016 and each winner will be awarded the following prize: Shivi Ramoutar’s ‘Caribbean Modern: Recipes from the Rum Islands’ recipe book and 1 x Mello Cool Bag containing 6 bottles of Mello Fresh Melon Juice (3 Mello Watermelon, 3 Mello Cantaloupe Melon)
    4. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable and there are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its control.
    5. Prize winners will be contacted via a direct message on Twitter after the draw date and on the week commencing 04.01.2016. When a winner is notified, they will be required to notify the promoter (Mello Drinks) of their delivery address
    6. Prize winners will be informed of how to redeem their prize via direct message.
    7. If the prize is unclaimed after 3 working days the promoter reserves the right to conduct another prize draw to determine a new winner without any liability to the original winner for doing so.
    8. Prize is subject to availability.
    9. Prize winners will be required to participate in any publicity relating to the promotion at no extra compensation over and beyond the award of prizes.
    10. No responsibility can be taken for claims which are misdirected, lost, delayed, damaged or corrupted during delivery to or from the Promoter due to any computer malfunction, virus, bug, delay or other reason whatsoever.
    11. The promotion is not endorsed by Twitter. By taking part in the promotion, entrants also agree to adhere to all Twitter’s terms and conditions. A full list can be found here: https://twitter.com/tos
    12. The promoter’s decision is final with regard to all promotional matters and no correspondence will be entered into.
    13. By participating in the offer, you accept these terms & conditions and are bound by all the rules and regulations in full.
    14. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions at any stage but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.
    15. Any information collected regarding entrants into this promotion will be treated in confidence and not shared with any third party.


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