Founder and Owner Chef Tendai presents her Handcrafted Jerk Seasoning Product Line
About Chef Tendai
My love of food came at a young age while watching my late Grandmother Rosie in the kitchen. She would cook elaborate dinners for the family, and she made and sold desserts. She was well known for her cheesecakes. I didn’t go to culinary school until my early twenties. Life happened, and I dropped out. But the love and passion for food kept me going on my own. For years and years, I researched, watched, and self-taught myself how to do any and everything I wanted to know and learn. I eventually went back to college, but not for culinary arts. I majored in Business. And went to work in corporate America. I became tired of the rat race because my passion for food was relentless, so I quit and jumped into the world of food full-time. I started my own catering business, then a line cook, and finally Head Chef. I worked hard to make a name for myself; until the name Tendai automatically came up when the discussion turned to food. I took it a step further and started creating custom cakes and treats. I will always be passionate about food and my second love, is writing. The two will complement each other for my next venture (Cookbook).
Jerk Me Off is my newest business line. I have never been a big fan of jerk seasoning; it was something about it that I could not get into. Then I realized how popular it was and how hard it was to get in my area, so I decided to hit the lab (My kitchen) and invent my own rub. That was back in 2017, and I kept tweaking it until it got my stamp of approval. Fast Forward to the present and Jerk Me Off Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Jerk Sauce is born and available to purchase online.
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