Caribbean cuisine is a blend of Taino Indian, African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Portuguese, Spanish/Latin American, East Indian/South Asian, Arab, Chinese, Jewish, and Javanese/Indonesian cuisine. These traditions were brought from many different countries when they came to the Caribbean. Caribbean cuisine is much like a cultural patchwork quilt, where each “patch” or dish represents the plentiful bounty of the islands’ lush tropical vegetation that has combined with the diversity of the people on the islands.
Born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, I was raised with the distinct flavors of my island’s traditional cuisine. I have traveled extensively around the world; taking in culture, food, music, the people and their rich history.
Relocating to Southern California from the Southeast, I realized how much I missed the foods typically found on my island, known as comida criolla and the delicious flavors I had come to love from all around the world. So began my culinary journey to create mouthwatering Caribbean fusions.
Chef Xiomara Hall is the chef and owner of Tropical BBQ catering services. Her food has been nationally acclaimed by Lifetime television’s Supermarket Superstar.
Her fusion of rich Caribbean flavors and traditional smokehouse meats have earned her
- Best in Barbecue in Inland Empire magazine 2013
- Featured Chef for Kroger magazine
- Winner of Dia de Paella at Frangipani Winery 2014
- Featured in the E Magazine for Female executives
- Winner of Reality Rally Top Chef 2017
- Winner of Reality Rally Top Chef 2018
- Winner of Farmer’s Market Flip on Cooking Channel
- Winner of Supermarket Superstar on Lifetime television
Xiomara is also a Gold Star wife who uses her celebrity chef status to help with causes such as TAPS, Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Research Institute, Rancho Damacitas and Oak Grove Center for Education & Arts
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