Taymer Mason is a vegan, microbiologist, ecologist, best-selling author and self-proclaimed activist from Barbados. She is a cultural explorer and has lived in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, while working in “every aspect of the food industry.” At the age of 22, Mason moved to France where she started a blog on Caribbean-French vegan fusion and eventually founded a celebrated Canadian-based startup called Island Girl Kitchens, most famous for its island-inspired pepper sauce-maple syrup fusion.
One of Mason’s greatest professional achievements was her Amazon best-selling cookbook, Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion, published by Experiment Publishing in New York, which sold over 15,000 copies and received recognition by Gourmand magazine in France and an Editor’s Pick for food and wine on Amazon, and was described by Library Journal as “A standout vegan title with unique flair.” Since its publication, Mason has attracted an impressive global following.
Mason has now relocated to the Caribbean to spread her plant-based gospel. She is teaching, cooking, advocating and is even developing a cosmetics line called Glow by Taymer Mason based on indigenous Caribbean plants.
In a region where most people are hyper-focused on meat-based gourmet delights from North America and Europe, Taymer Mason has begun a local movement by developing delicious and nutritious meals using local plant-based ingredients and helping to reduce food waste and improve sustainability, while protecting the environment.