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We caught up with award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and author Seamus Mullen before he jetted off to Jamaica for Goldeneye Hotel & Resort’s food and music fest this weekend. He dished on winemaking, late night take-out in NYC and more…

Goldeneye Jamaica/ Mr & Mrs Smith

Last trip Big Island, Hawaii

Next trip Goldeneye, Jamaica

First thing you do when you check into a hotel Belly flop on the bed.

You never leave home without… My high and low-tech essentials: running shoes, mini JAMBOX and iPhone charger. I have to exercise, listen to tunes and make sure I have enough battery life to take tons of pictures.

Best souvenir… The wine that I bottled with my friend Guido and his father Franco at their tiny vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

Meal you’ll never forget… Dinner at that same vineyard in Piedmont with Guido, his mom Clara and Franco. We spent the morning with Franco foraging and shopping for ingredients. In the afternoon, we cooked with Clara using all that we had gathered from the woods and their garden. Dinner was ethereal!

Best emerging food sceneLisbon, Portugal

What do you love most about your restaurants… Simple, honest food made with impeccable ingredients.

Favourite restaurant (other than your own, of course)… Fish & Game in Hudson, New York

Quintessential New York… Great NY Noodletown restaurant in Chinatown at 3 am.

Favourite destination… Most recently, Jamaica.

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