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Chef Jason’s Live Mih Life a blend of callaloo and dhal

Published: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A perfect blend of “callaloo and dhal” is how Chef Jason (Jason Peru) refers to his new Chutney Soca release for the 2018 Carnival, Live Meh Life.

“We tried to put new flavours in the composition,” he said of the fusion of old soca and new age chutney flavours simmering together in the work written by Tempo (Rowan Lewis), and produced by Maha Studios (Rishi Mahato and Kris Persad (KI), and his father Errol Peru. The song was launched earlier this month on all major radio frequencies.

Peru said the selection, which speaks of the many vices man encounters during his lifetime, was not written primarily for competition, as its purpose is also for people to enjoy and appreciate the contributions performing artistes make to the rich musical tapestry of T&T.

“I am a travelling and television chef who travels across the globe,” said Peru. “However, singing also helps my brand as a chef, as when I travel to do my cooking, I am able to represent music also. So people see me as not just a chef, but a bona fide, all-round entertainer.”

Peru graduated from the T&T Hospitality & Tourism Institute (TTHTI ) in 2004 with his Associate In Sciences Degree in Culinary Management. He was awarded three scholarships to attend Johnson & Wales University in Miami to further his education. It was there he attained his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Arts. He graduated with Golden Quill Honours and maintained Dean’s List honours throughout his tenure at Johnson & Wales University.

While attending university, Peru worked at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, as a hot line chef. He was then offered a Chef De Partie position at the celebrity famed restaurant, Karu & Y Lounge, Miami. It was there he worked with his mentor, Chef Alberto Cabrera, where they catered to stars such as P Diddy, Shaquille O’Neil, Gloria Estefan, Al Pacino and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. Peru also managed to work part-time as a personal chef for clients and also a sauté chef in Pompano Beach Florida.

“As far as singing and performing are concerned, I do this when time allows,” he said. “Singing is something I love, like a hobby. And despite my bubbling personality, I am a very constructive individual, and it’s easy for people to misconstrue my stage personna with what I am in real life.”

Peru said he is on a journey to build a template for what a true entertainment and showbiz chef should be. He is seeking to create a brand and a name for himself that would inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

His previous Chutney-soca contributions include Bubble With Me, Lock Down and Rice.

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