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The Champagne Chef and Chef Colleen Schwendinger of Rendezvous Restaurant work beautifully together creating fantastic dishes sure to be a hit in any party. Last night, they were at La Perla del Caribe filming Taste of Belize, a new TV show that is sure to highlight the explosive culinary scene in Belize. An Arilew Production, last night's shoot consisted of The Champagne Chef and Chef Colleen preparing fantastic meals for a nice cocktail party held at Topaz Villa. More information in this week's issue of The San Pedro Sun.

Tonight, the film crew will be at Fido's. So come over to see the action! More information in this week's issue.

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Belize Food & Culture on Intl. TV!

Chef Keith Jones brings you the first delicious season of 'Taste of Belize', his unconventional culinary-variety show!

Colours TV arrived on the island on Friday, November 13, with a camera crew that will be filming a new show called "Taste of Belize" with celebrity Chef Keith Jones for the television network. The new six-episode culinary experience promises to expose the very best of Belize's food and culture to millions of viewers in the United States.

Colours TV entices its viewers to join Chef Keith Jones, for a unique "Eatertainment" experience, while he travels across Belize, as the "culinary ambassador to the world." In each episode, Jones will meet vibrant "people" within Belize. From local standouts to international visitors, Jones sets out in search of interesting people and amazing cuisine.

With over 25 years of food artistry expertise, Chef Keith Jones promises to bring his effervescent personality and flair for exotic cuisine to Belize, the "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret" for his third television series. "Taste of Belize with Chef Keith Jones" is a feast for the eyes, the soul and the imagination!

This week, Chef Keith Jones was at Portofino Resort and La Perla del Caribe cooking up a storm, before he set to visit other parts of the country. Shot in high definition, Chef Keith Jones is set to travel around Belize, taking viewers on a journey filled with food, culture and fun. He connects with Belizean Chefs that help him prepare traditional dishes, while learning cultural lessons from the people he meets along the way. Colours TV promises that this will not be your ordinary "how-to" cooking show, this is what Chef Jones likes to call, 'Eatertainment'

Taste of Belize with Chef Keith Jones will be scheduled to run during the most desirable day parts in an effort to maximize viewership and sponsorship support. Colours TV will help distribute Belizean content across the United States to over 19 million homes and 47 million potential viewers.

"The sharing of these cultural stories fit perfectly with our mission of celebrating people of color, and showcasing them in a positive light," said Arthur O. Thomas, Executive Vice President Colours TV.

If the name "Taste of Belize" sounds familiar to you, it's because Chef Jones picks up the name for the show after BTB annual Taste of Belize culinary competition which he was a judge for earlier this year. "Taste of Belize with Chef Keith Jones" will be six - thirty minute episodes that is due out on spring 2010; filming is scheduled to be complete by November 24, 2009.

About Chef Keith

Keith Denard Jones or Chef KDJ feeds all the senses while sharing over twenty years of culinary artistry and chef's secrets through his "Eatertainment" presentations which debuted November 9, 2009 on Colours TV. Chef Keith Jones brings his entertaining presentations to the world of delicious, healthy food preparation.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jones studied under certified Master Chef, Edward Janos for eight years, learning classical French cuisine and techniques. Jones was certified as an Executive Chef in December 1999. Since his certification, he has won several medals from the American Culinary Federation culinary salons in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, including the grand prize in the Clos Du Bois Wine and Food Pairing competition.

Jones has been featured on The YES Network, (Yankees Entertainment Sports - New York), V-103 FM (Atlanta),KUSATV, Rocky Mountain PBS, Mix100.3 Radio, Rocky Mountain News, Mangia, Colorado Expression, Architecture and Design of The West, Denver Business Journal, ColoradoProud and 5280, Denver's Mile-High Magazine. He also has a book published - "Cooking up your Dreams". For more on Chef Keith Jones visit

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As part of Arilew Productions, Taste of Belize was on a weeklong visit to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker indulging in the best culinary experiences available this side of the world. The cooking show features the Champagne Chef and Chef Colleen Schwendinger of Rendezvous Restaurant who worked beautifully together to create fantastic dishes sure to be a hit in any party. On Tuesday night, the crew was at La Perla del Caribe filming and The San Pedro Sun caught up with them for an exclusive interview with Producer DJ Alemayehu.

    The Champagne Chef, Keith Denard Jones, arrived on Ambergris Caye last week Friday and headed to La Perla del Caribe to begin production. According to Alemayehu, the show has been previously shot at locations such as Japan, Ecuador, Jamaica and Liverpool. "We try to impart not only the way to prepare the cultural and traditional dishes of each location but we focus on a broader aspect of the country we visit. Aside from being on the island, we will head south to Dangriga and Cayo and interact with the locals while preparing Hudut and the Belizean dishes everyone loves so much," explained Alemayehu.

    While in Ambergris Caye, the crew had the opportunity to film at Portofino, La Perla and Las Terrazas. Caye Caulker was also included, with a tropical meal that was prepared aboard the Heritage Cruz as they sailed through the azure Caribbean waters.

    The show, which will be picked up by Dish Network, will air on Colors TV. However, according to Alemayehu, Arilew Productions has opened an office on Albert Street in Belize City. This will now enable shows, such as Taste of Belize, the opportunity to air in Belizean local channels. Through Arilew Productions, Alemayehu says that Belizean will now have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of filming. "We anticipate having more shows filmed in Belize. This first session of Taste of Belize will continue when we return in February or March to film the south side of Belizean cuisine. We want to also portray the life of Belize and as such we will take our crew to the Fish Markets to traditional homes to showcase the diversity of the culture."

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