Spotlight on Earl Edwards (Maître d'): JI 30+ All Star

April 3, 2017

We got a chance to sit with another one of our 30+ year All Stars, Jamaica Inn’s Maître D‘, Earl Edwards. Earl started with Jamaica Inn as a busboy in 1971 and affectionately recalls his time here at the Jamaica Inn as some of the best experiences of his life.
Why did you decide to work for JI 30+ years ago?
I came here when I was 19 years old as a bus boy. Back then the hotel ran seasonally., my mother worked in the laundry department and asked the Maitre D if I could have a position here. I started in 1971 but I was placed on full time staff in 1974.
What was the thing that surprised you most about working for this company – the thing you were least expecting?
The thing that was most surprising was working for so many different kinds of people and celebrities from many countries across the globe. The celebrities included Sheryl Lee Ralph, Harry Belafonte and Earle Grace Jones.
After 30+ years of service, what do you value most about JI and your work?
I’m proud of what I’ve assisted the team to accomplish over the past few years. We have worked very hard to build the hotel’s service standard to what it is today. I have enjoyed maintaining the discipline of Jamaica Inn and working alongside my team members.
The staff I work with are great. I’m grateful  that they have put up with me for so long. I have no regrets and if I had it all to do again I would. I enjoy working with the Morrows, they are always respectful. It is easy to remain loyal to good people.
If you had one wish for JI in the future what would it be?
I hope that we continue to do what we are doing. Continue to be the best. Jamaica Inn has been the foundation for many of the hotels in the area. Today we are still a prime example for hotels in the area and I’m proud to be a part of this.
What is your all-time favorite Jamaican song?
I have two:
One Love – Bob Marley (Original Sca version)
Breaking Up – Alton Ellis


  1. Mary

    England is not a good place to be right now and so such a memory of such a lovely place and its people is particularly the best tonic for us. THe photograph of Earl and his beaming happy face brings back the years we have enjoyed with you and all the lovely people who work there. MAybe,one day,I will be well enough to make the long haul to Cottage 5 to be greeted by all those warm,happy faces. UNtil then, our love and best wishes to you all.

    1. Jamaica Inn

      Thank you Mary! Best wishes to you too.

  2. Richard Staskus

    Congratulations, great story

    1. Jamaica Inn

      Thank you Richard!

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