Who is Noel Cunningham?  Noel Cunningham is a Jamaican-Canadian award-winning chef, author, food writer, and culinary consultant.

As Authentic And Inspiring As The Dishes, He Prepares Daily.

He is one of Jamaica’s most recognized and celebrated young chefs socially known as Chef Cunny. He is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel. Recipe contributor to the Jamaica Gleaner, Cooking Sense Magazine, The Jamaican Eats Magazine and food expert at Toronto Caribbean Newspaper.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Noel was influenced at a young age by his mother Jennifer Laidley and aunt Miriam Reid who is a professional chef and baker. His culinary journey began in high school when he did Food and Nutrition which developed his love for the Culinary Arts.

He continued his education at Runaway Bay HEART Hotel and Training Institute in Jamaica. He has been working in the hospitality industry since the age of nineteen in some of the leading Hotels, in the island’s tourist mecca as a certified chef de partie, which propelled him onto the “Culinary Catwalk.”

Despite working as the head chef for several acclaimed restaurants in Jamaica, it was at Mantra, at age 21 where he truly honed his skill as Head chef/restaurant manager. It wouldn’t be long before Chef Noel made a name for himself in Jamaica.

In 2013 Chef Noel brought his international experience and his unique culinary flair to some of Manitoba’s finest hotels while working as their Executive chef including the Burntwood Hotel in Thompson, and the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg. Since then Chef Noel actively caters special events, private dining, interactive demonstrations and cooking classes, and is involved in restaurant consultations.


Fine Culinary experience

Exquisite culinary experience

This ham is baked and glazed with my signature jerk marinade but you can use your special blend or store bought,

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Media Highlights

His undeniable ability to attract an audience has led to numerous features in print, online, television and radio shows in Canada, Jamaica and the United States.

He appears regularly on cable television networks such as CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live and the Marc and Mandy Show. His work appeared in local and international newspapers such as the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican Magazine and Caribbean Camera.

Television appearances include CP24 Breakfast show, Breakfast Television, Global News, and CTV Your Morning  in Toronto, Jamaica’s CVM television cooking show Vibes Cuisine, CVM’s On the Road to Success; CVM at sunrise,Television Jamaica morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense and Nyammings cooking show.

Awards and Accolades

His expertise is backed with recognition as a champion of brand Jamaica in the Culinary Arts by the Prime Minister Youth Awards as well as top 5 nominee for Winnipeg’s best chef in 2018 and named best chef in Toronto for 2019-2020 by byblacks.com people’s choice award.

In 2016 chef Noel was also dubbed by Jamaica Eats magazine as one of the top 10 chefs of the Caribbean and named must follow chef on Instagram by Narcity Canada.

Curry Coconut Chickpea

This chickpea recipe is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes. You won’t miss meat I promise.

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