Having grown up in Brooklyn and Queens, Richard is familiar with people from many different places in the Caribbean – Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti, and St. Lucia. Everyone brings their own food culture, music, and language to the city. Outside of his neighborhood, Richard finds that people often misunderstand and misinterpret Caribbean cuisines. He explores authenticity and respect by talking to his cousin, Nadia Gelin, who went to culinary school in Haiti, and Rochelle Oliver, the founder of IslandandSpice.com.

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