Chef Cunny’s marinade brings flavour of J’can jerk to Canada
SEASON AND spice make everything nice! No one knows this better than Jamaica-born international chef Noel Cunningham. He decided to spill the beans on a few of his culinary masterpieces, using his signature Chef Cunny’s Jerk Marinade.
Better known to many as Chef Cunny, his love for cooking started at an early age while assisting his mother and aunt (who was a professional chef and baker) in the kitchen, cooking family meals on Sundays and during the holidays.
Watching the Food Network intensified his culinary passion, and he was officially introduced to Food and Nutrition and Home Economics at Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew.
He was twice named the top performer in food and nutrition at his school, and from then knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life as a chef.
He went on to attend the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel and Training Institute in St Ann, graduating as a certified chef de partie. In 2013, Cunningham embarked on a new challenge and relocated to Manitoba,
Canada, to become executive chef at the Burntwood Hotel. He told Food that so far, his journey has been nothing short of amazing.
Since then, he has gone on to be a chef on the rise in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a columnist for Cooking Sense Magazine, a caterer, a food blogger, as well as the owner of Cuisine by Noel.
He explained that it was while catering an event that he started a new journey.
“My client wanted me to demonstrate how to make Jamaican jerk marinade, and after creating it, they all loved it and asked why I don’t bottle it and sell. I thought about it for some time until I was again approached about it. That was when I decided – I’m going to do this. I’m happy I did,” he said.
He noted that the response so far to the product has been phenomenal. “The Chef Cunny’s Jerk Marinade is definitely smoking hot. It brings the heat and flavour of true Jamaican jerk and has a great smoky flavour for persons who don’t have access to a jerk pan and grill, with the right amount of spice. Everyone is loving it because of its unique taste.”
The marinade is currently available on the Canadian market. Cunningham’s ultimate goal is to have his product available in Jamaica. “I’m working towards that as soon as possible,” he said.
“It’s the tiny details that separate the professionals from the amateur, and the average cook from a truly great one,” he said.
You can order Chef Cunny’s Jerk Marinade online. Here are a few of his signature recipes that include the marinade, for you to prepare for yourself:
The man behind the product – Chef Noel Cunningham.