Despite missing out on a 'Dragons' Den' investment, Matthew Omeye-Howell hopes to make his West African food business the next Leon: “It’s authentic but everyone can enjoy it.”
"I had to step out my house to find my Caribbean culture."
Bob Marley’s 1979 tour of Japan sparked underground interest in Jamaican culture—and food. I met some of Japan’s reggae super fans who started their own Caribbean food spots.
Every year, hundreds gather to sample traditional Nigerian dishes at London’s annual Iri-ji New Yam Festival, a celebration of the yam crop in Igboland.
Tottenham’s Latin Village is at risk of being turned into flats—but the local Latin American community is fighting back.
And why there’s so much more to explore, from Nigerian egusi soup and Ghanaian kelewele to Senegalese thieboudienne.
Fashioned from disused oil barrels and fired up on front lawns, beachside bars, and bootleg markets, Jamaica’s jerk drums are almost as iconic as the chicken.
Faced with expensive building materials and prohibitive business loan costs, food entrepreneurs in Jamaica set up makeshift restaurants on the side of roads and home driveways.
Early Caribbean migrants helped rebuild Post-War Britain’s healthcare and transport systems, but they also revolutionised its food scene. Now, this pioneering generation faces deportation due to newly tightened immigration policy.
From Birmingham’s first West Indian cafes to Carnival jerk chicken and curry goat served in Caribbean takeaways across the country, Britain’s Afro-Caribbean communities have a long and proud food heritage.