About Chef Shrimpy and The Jerk Cafe
Born Glenroy Solomon Burke in rural Jamaica, the author was stunned at an early age by the tough circumstances facing his family. At 11 years old, he witnessed how his mother cried one evening when she didn’t have enough dinner to feed their household of eleven. Seeing the situation, at 11 years old Burke promised his mother that one day he would go to the United states, open his own restaurant and get her a better life.
After high school, he pursued his dream’s desire and in 2008 the promise to his mother became a reality when he opened what would become an outstanding (rated 4.5 out of 5) and popular restaurant known as Jerk Café (where the author is known as Chef Shrimpy) in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Story of Chef Shrimpy's Famous Jamaican Jerk Sauce
In 1994, Chef Shrimpy was working at a resort called Navy Island which is a small island off the coast of Port Antonio in Portland Parish, Jamaica. Navy Island was once owned by actor Errol Flynn. It was there that an unexpected life changing event took place. At 4:30 one evening, a gentleman walked into the kitchen at Navy Island Resort and approached the table at which Chef Shrimpy was working. The man greeted him kindly, and asked Shrimpy if he knew how to make Jamaican Jerk Sauce. Shrimpy said "No Mon, I don't." The gentleman then looked him right in the eye and said, "Today, I will show you how to make Jamaican Jerk Sauce if you promise to never give away the secret recipe."
Chef Shrimpy accepted the offer. Over time Shrimpy continued to make the Jamaican Jerk Sauce as taught to him by this mysterious gentleman. But eventually he started to experiment, modify and improve that original recipe until it was uniquely his own special flavor; Chef Shrimpy's now Famous Jamaican Jerk Sauce.