John Bull’s Reggae Kitchen, the best darn cooking show online

JohnbullThis is it, the best darn cooking show online. Ladies and gentlemen, meet John Bull and his Reggae Kitchen.

I’m entirely serious. I’ve seen a lot of cooking shows on the web and let me tell you nobody got my attention like this guy did. Hardly anyone on TV does anymore either. I found him earlier today, and just watched his entire line up. He’s great!

Watch him fry dough in lard with Paula Deen’s abandon, but he did her one better by breaking into a little impromptu reggae tune even gave us a little dance..

Flo-wah dompleeng maan, itsa poor man’s bread in Ja-may-ka

Adorable! He’s even got an Emeril moment in there–well, Emeril before the annoying BAM! took him over entirely–telling the audience to add just a leetle beet of cari pow-dah in da saltfish while dumping it on without missing a beat, like Emeril winking at the audience with his, just a little cah-yeane.

From what I gathered he’s got a Jamaican restaurant in Stockholm. Go figure. He has a bunch of shows up on, a Swedish Web TV site, I embeded one video here, but you should go watch them all!

P.S. I just read this post I realized I didn’t say enough about the food. It looked great! You can really tell that he’s really a cook and he just loves what he does. It’s also fun watching him fumbling around in his well-worn and well-loved kitchen, pulling a pan from the bottom of a big pile and somehow not toppling the whole thing over!

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28 Responses to “John Bull’s Reggae Kitchen, the best darn cooking show online

  • Pekka Tolvanen said:
    March 11th, 2008 at 4:46am

    Hah, indeed adorable! John Bull is definitely my favourite tv cook from now on 🙂 I’m also glad I live in Helsinki, Stockholm ain’t that far away! Thanks for the post!

  • Simon said:
    March 11th, 2008 at 10:15am

    Nothing beats Caribbean cooking! And the way he cooks definitely reminds me of my in-laws! Thanks for sharing Pim.
    BTW, have you tried Trinidadian cuisine? If you ever make your way to Trinidad & Tobago, I would recommend the Tree Top restaurant in Speyside, which is in Tobago. Part of the restaurant itself is built in a tree right on the beach. Yep, a tree. The tree is still alive, btw. The trunk serves as a post holding up the restaurant floor. I ate there twice and they make the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had.

  • Owen said:
    March 11th, 2008 at 11:44am

    Never mind the reggae (actually – LOVE this – thank you for the recommendation)
    MUCH more important is your status as the 18th most powerful blog in the world! I particularly loved that you are well above Michelle Malkin!
    And I’ve met you! I had no idea at the time of your power and prestige so please forgive anything wrong I may have said.
    Seriously though – it was great to have food blogs – and especially yours and C&Z (and Waiter rant and beansprouts) on the list

  • hoganfe handbags said:
    March 11th, 2008 at 12:06pm

    OMGosh those dumplings make me hungry!!

  • -- said:
    March 11th, 2008 at 2:48pm

    My favorite webchef is Manjula, by far. She has several videos on Youtube. It’s like having an Indian auntie teaching you how to cook. No gimmicks. You can’t watch her without wanting to run into the kitchen to try out her recipes. I’ve tried several so far, and not only does she make it look easy, but the recipes are very clear, and the results are excellent.

  • Velops said:
    March 12th, 2008 at 10:44am

    Rustic cooking with an easygoing personality and a obscure style of cooking is a great combination. Kinda reminds me of “Sam the Cooking Guy”.
    Food Network spends too much time promoting hyperactive people with stereotypical personalities working in sterile kitchens. As a result, there are a lot of copycats on TV and on the web looking for fame.

  • Kynan said:
    March 13th, 2008 at 3:35pm

    Thank you PIm!!!

  • Judith Klinger said:
    March 14th, 2008 at 10:26am

    Now you talking. Reggae music ALWAYS makes things better in the kitchen. Everyting eyrie.

  • Babeth said:
    March 14th, 2008 at 3:59pm

    Thanks Pim! This guy is great! I just fwd the page with his video to one of my brothers (not the one who was looking for a room in Brooklyn ;-)) who is in love with reggae 🙂

  • dennar said:
    March 15th, 2008 at 5:16am

    entertaining, but would anyone who likes food actually eat this stuff? Brr

  • We Are Never Full said:
    March 16th, 2008 at 10:21am

    Whoa! I think I’m in LOVE! I never think of watching shows online, maybe it’s b/c I hate my computer (it’s old)? I’m totally going to follow your lead on this one!
    Now, I wish TV could pick up personalities like this. But, sadly, like most other TV “cooks”, the network will probably over-market them which means over-hype, thus forcing the ‘cook’ to become over-hyped and annoying. It’s happened way too often these days. Like you said, BAM! ruined Emeril to a certain extent.
    Thanks for the tip on John Bull.
    Amy @

  • Kathy said:
    March 16th, 2008 at 2:33pm

    love this guy, love his accent…man.Also he’s the only one I’ve ever seen wearing gloves.

  • chris said:
    March 17th, 2008 at 9:46pm

    This guy is great. The crazy part of it is that you would expect to take a trip to Jamaica,walk right off the beach in flip flops and bathing suit and eat some “salfish flitters mon”, but no you have to go to Stockholm if you want to go to his restaurant. One love.

  • Jeremy said:
    March 19th, 2008 at 6:03pm

    This guy brings so much character and fun to his cooking, it’s exactly what I like to see in a kitchen.

  • Pim said:
    March 20th, 2008 at 1:16am

    You’re welcome all. I just adore him. Too bad Stockholm is a bit too far to drop by for dinner!

  • Amy said:
    March 29th, 2008 at 5:31pm

    Thank you for the wonderful link Pim. I’ve loved Jamaican food since my family took a vacation there when I was 15– we had the same fried dough (they were called Johnny cakes) for breakfast every day for a week and I was in heaven.
    It’s so nice to see a chef with both real personality and an easy-going nature (why is that combination so rare among TV cooks?), who obviously loves what he does and makes it look easy.

  • sooishi said:
    May 5th, 2008 at 7:35am

    Thank you so much for the link!
    I’m swiss and Jamaïcan and i am so happy to watch great Jamaican food on internet 🙂

  • Danny said:
    July 8th, 2008 at 12:24pm

    I was going to say why hasn’t John written a book!!
    Because he doesn’t want to would probably be the answer!!
    Thanks for the link….what a chef!

  • reggae music said:
    July 9th, 2008 at 3:23pm

    wow! a great match up!

  • betabug said:
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:59am

    Oh no! The videos are gone!! 🙁
    There is only one I can still find (the jerk chicken) on YouTube. Looked for them to show them at a party last Saturday and was totally lost.

  • Krystal said:
    June 12th, 2009 at 12:09pm

    Jamaica is definitely one of the best Caribbean countries to visit! and this guy Jon Bull is something else! Hmm.. what to say about Jamaican Food except it is the best?
    Jerk Pork
    Fried Chicken
    Rice and Peas
    Curry Goat.. hmmm mouth running some serious water here.. lol Bless up

  • joakim s said:
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:08am

    Lucky me i live in stockholm and john´s place is called back a yard, and often has famous artists as guests when they are in stockholm,like bunny wailer, chuck fender,busta rhymes.. and the list goes on, Great place wit that special vibe to it..

  • Tiffany Pendant said:
    February 8th, 2010 at 10:02pm

    You’re welcome all. I just adore him. Too bad Stockholm is a bit too far to drop by for dinner!

  • Chris said:
    March 17th, 2010 at 9:34pm

    JB rocks. Saw his videos a while back as real liked his presence in front of the camera. As another posted suggested, check out some Trinidad and Tobago dishes as well.

  • Chad said:
    April 17th, 2010 at 1:22pm

    where can his videos be seen now? it looks like dayrobber bit the dust or somethin

  • Wilton Hartman said:
    November 29th, 2010 at 1:52pm

    I havent watched the john but after reading you comments I wondered the program.

  • Tile said:
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:31am

    Carribean food when done right is absolutely fantastic… But its not light by any means, its big boy food lol. A really good curry goat is a work of art….and amazing!

  • Cindylouholleman said:
    September 20th, 2011 at 7:11pm

    my friend who was american but lived in jamaica for years and learned to cook jamaican made the best ever liver and onions in a gravy i had ever eaten.  before we learned how to cook it, she passed away – can anyone please give me this recipe – we miss it and her.. thanks

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