In 1988, British born Janice Barber Ryan made a career and lifestyle change from dental nursing and medical sales, when she and her husband moved to St. Kitts in the West Indies and bought a 300-year old derelict plantation. After two years of restoration, they opened it at first as an inn and called it The White House. Six years later, in 1996, they opened another restaurant in the capital of St. Kitts called the Georgian House. In 1998, Great Chefs Television flew into St. Kitts to tape Chef Janice at the White House for their production of Great Chefs of the Caribbean for the Discovery Channel.
Hurricanes took their toll on both properties, but Chef Janice bounced back and she and her husband opened Nirvana at The Fairview Great House on St. Kitts, and more recently the Hermitage Plantation Inn on Nevis. Today in 2016, Chef Janice has become more of a cooking legend on the two islands, and even finds time to produce cooking demonstrations when a cruise ship docks at St. Kitts