What made you set up Mama Jerks?
Mamas Jerk was setup in March 2009 to try create a legacy to my great Grandmothers secret Jerk BBQ Sauce recipe Mama Charlotte being in the food industry for over 20 years as a chef my love of food and great home style cooking was passed down through the generations of my great grandmother, grandmother and mother. This led me to venture on my own to start a Caribbean street food business with a difference, by simplifying a jerk product in the form of Jerk chicken wraps. Starting at the legendary Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, with lots of hard work gave us the platform to be where we are today trying to grow a small empire of Mamas Jerks.
What makes Mama Jerks different to your average takeaway?
We like to try differentiating ourselves from other West Indian takeaways restaurants with the food we produce – service we provide and style branding of our operations. We are not afraid to try fusing classic dishes like lamb shank mash with for example Jerk Lamb Shank with Sweet potato Mash and Jerk Gravy – creating Gluten free vegan and vegetarian dishes, we will try to mainly focus on healthy clean eating with the Deptford.
As a young teenager I was raised in Greenwich, Lewisham and Brockley and used to dragged kicking and screaming down to Deptford High Street market every Saturday to get speciality Caribbean food products by my Mum, seeing the fantastic regeneration of the area and seeing our arch for the first time, gave me a feeling of coming back home. Its a great site and great location and we want to fully ingrain Mamas Jerk into the local community by offering our style of food, look and service.