Art of Jerk Chicken: Chef Antonio Baines' Journey and Baltimore's Food Scene

Welcome to a delectable episode of "The Truth in This Art"! I'm your host, Rob Lee, and today, we're diving deep into the world of food with the talented Antonio Baines of Jerk Werks. He is a chef and jerk aficionado based in Baltimore. He developed a passion for jerk chicken during a trip to Jamaica in 1990 and has been perfecting his jerk recipe ever since. Antonio is known as "The General" when it comes to Jerk Werk, and he takes pride in his authentic and flavorful jerk chicken. He also has a background in karate and has practiced for seven years, reaching the San-Kyu Rank (3rd – Brown belt).

Today's episode uncovers:

  • The secret behind achieving true authenticity in jerk chicken by highlighting the significance of fire and smoke in the cooking process.
  • Explore the need for increased inclusivity and support from the local community to enhance and uplift Baltimore's vibrant and diverse food culture.
  • Get ready to delve into Chef Antonio's kitchen journey as he opens up about his Achilles heel in baking and how he overcomes the culinary obstacle.
  •  Explore the profound impact of practicing martial arts with Chef Antonio, as he shares how discipline and mental calmness are cultivated through this ancient art form.
  • Join Chef Antonio on a nostalgic trip as he recounts his most cherished childhood meal in Baltimore - savoring delectable crabs that left a lasting impression on his culinary journey.

Calling all food lovers! Join us as we uncover the secrets of Jerk Werk chicken with chef Antonio Baines. From the traditional techniques to the mouthwatering flavors, this dish is a true testament to the art of cooking.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Antonio Baines
Antonio Baines
A chef and jerk aficionado based in Baltimore.
Art of Jerk Chicken: Chef Antonio Baines' Journey and Baltimore's Food Scene
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