Garfield Haylett, Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant
Executive Chef Garfield Haylett, with 17 years of experience, founded Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant in February 2009.
Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Garfield started in the food service industry at the age of 21 at Mount Sinai in Hartford, CT. After learning how to run a kitchen, he went on to start his own vegetarian restaurants, the Lion’s Den in 1996 and Kebra Nagast in 2003. The decision to open Fire & Spice stemmed from a need to curtail the rising obesity epidemic that is plaguing our city and nation at large.
In addition to cooking, Garfield’s passion is to educate the masses on making food choices to maintain optimal health. This is achieved daily through interactions with our customers and formally through cooking classes. During one of these classes, the student will learn how to infuse flavor into foods such as tofu, kale, and lentils to name a few.
Herb Virgo is the Founder and Executive Director of the Keney Park Sustainability Project (KPSP). KPSP was established to provide hands-on training, on-site demonstrations, outreach, and community collaborations that help families become more self-sustainable and environmentally conscious while preserving the historic Keney Park. As a rehabilitative community garden with a variety of locally grown produce, Keney Park Sustainability Project uses what it grows to demonstrate healthy food cultivation to its students and stewards and provide a valuable gardening resource to the community.
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