Jerk Spice was formed by two cousins Shaun & Colin Barrett who have a passion for cooking Caribbean food. The recipes were passed down from generation to generation originating in the district of St. Ann’s Bay Jamaica and came to the United Kingdom in the late 1950’s. Our parents (brothers) continued the traditional cooking of their parents and kept the cuisine alive in their new homes in the United Kingdom. Many of their recipes remain at the core of Jerk Spice as their legacy lives on.
One of the brothers worked at many of London’s renowned restaurants during his time in the United Kingdom. He also had the opportunity to cook for the Royal Family, dignitaries, officials and celebrities using these same recipes on many occasions.
As young kids growing up in the South London in the 1980s, we developed a passionate relationship with the food that would grow into becoming keen students, learning the traditional Jamaican cooking arts from our families and friends.
It wasn’t until one summer's day while cooking for a family gathering that Jerk Spice was born. The idea came when a family member suggested the we should turn our cooking talents into a business. We loved the idea and thought of a name that would respect our key dish which is Jerk Chicken. Jerk Spice was born and now the journey continues.
Our goal is to commercialise the brand and help establish Caribbean food into mainstream culture within the United Kingdom.