People always ask me why I wanted to start this business and I always give them the generic business pitch. The truth is, having lived outside of Trinidad and Tobago up until age 13 meant having to find my own way to connect to my country of origin. I should give all the credit to my parents, my mother who occupied the kitchen quite a lot of the time to ensure that the smell, taste and warmth of Trinidad and Tobago was part of my upbringing and my father who ensured that I knew and appreciated the sound of Soca and Calypso amidst the sounds of Ace of Base, the Spice Girls and TLC. If it weren’t for my parents introducing me to our food and culture at such a young age, I probably wouldn’t know myself and how to identify as a Trinbagonian.
How else would I have learned about our history and how we became the big pot of Dhallaloo (the beautiful merging of curry dhal and Callaloo is an actual dish) which we call Trinidad and Tobago? My appreciation for our food goes beyond the flavour and extends to tradition and history.