Vegan Caribbean restaurant wins Come Dine With Me: The Professionals

Author: Elena Amoroso

Read Time:   |  30th June 2022

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A vegan restaurant in Bristol has won one of the latest episodes of Come Dine With Me: The Professionals


Come Dine With Me: The Professionals sees a twist on the classic elements of the Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.

Instead of individuals taking part to win the coveted £1000 cash prize, restaurants are now entering teams of two to take on the challenge.

This episode aired on Tuesday 28th June and saw the focus on Bristol, with three local venues taking part in the dining challenge.

Mother and daughter duo Jeanette and Jaida from Fi Real, a vegan Caribbean restaurant located in Old Market, delivered servings of flavour to the unsuspected surprise of their competition. We all know you can find some of the best vegan restaurants in Bristol, but the competition weren’t quite ready to admit this.

The two rival restaurants were Bamabalan, a Mediterranean venue in central Bristol, and Dalia Cocina, a Mexican restaurant in Keynsham.

During the pre-meal interview, both teams were expressing some doubts about the Fi Real menu, with some declaring their distaste for tofu, and one chef joking about “sneaking in some steak.”

However, they were soon eating their words.

A spicy lentil soup had both teams raving about the abundance of flavour. Members from both teams praised the taste, saying it was the best starter of the week.

Next, a signature main dish of spicy jerk fried tofu converted some into tofu fans. Opponent Kirsty from Dalia Cocina said, “I absolutely loved it and it was nowhere near the texture I thought it was going to be.”

A sweet and light banana cake served with vegan cream followed, which was a memorable way to round off a hearty and flavourful meal.

An energetic dance and singalong got everyone on their feet before the final scores, revealing that Fi Real had indeed won with 34 points out of a possible 40.

“Very proud. We had a dream and we stuck with it. We won Come Dine With Me in Bristol!” said the mother Jeanette.


Veganism in mainstream TV

The representation of veganism is becoming more frequent on mainstream TV.

Another vegan contestant also recently won Come Dine With Me, receiving a great reception from their meat-eating opponents.

The BOSH! duo star in the ITV show Living on the Veg, a cooking show dedicated to delicious vegan recipes.

Dirty Vegan is another show on the BBC following Matt Pritchard (the former Dirty Sanchez frontman) as he takes on the challenge to spread healthy vegan food.

As veganism makes a more mainstream appearance misconceptions can be amended and its influence can continue to inspire others into making healthier and kinder choices, for both themselves and the planet.

And as Fi Real has proved, flavourful food can change perceptions.

Want to see what else Bristol has to offer? Discover the best vegan restaurants in Bristol!

Feature image via Fi Real on Facebook.

Written by

Elena Amoroso

Elena is a Bristol-based photographer who loves trying out the latest vegan products and menus at Bristol's many vegan restaurants. When she's not hunting down the latest vegan eats, Elena loves catching the latest cinema releases, and travelling.

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