Find Out How This Grenadian Chef Built a Successful Caribbean Restaurant in Toronto
Huffpost in a new series “How They Did It” features Chef Dwight from the Nutmeg Spot Toronto. Chef Dwight talks about his journey as an immigrant to Canada and what led to him starting a successful restaurant with his Wife and business partner.
Here is his interview,
Tell me a little about who you are?
My name is Dwight Darius, born and raised in Felix Park, St. Andrew’s Grenada, Pierre Marie to be precise. I was raised, like many other children of migrant parents, by my grandparents. Those who are from the area would remember them as Uncle Mano and Cousin Eileen. I had a happy childhood, full of games, church, getting into mischief, and lots of food and fruit. Things were rough at times, but my grandmother taught me how to make the best out of every situation.
I migrated first to the US and then Canada when I was twelve. With no legal status and unable to attend school, I bounced around in various odd volunteer positions with the City of Toronto until finally meeting a Community Manager at the local Community Center who took a special interest in me and helped me to navigate the school and immigration system.
What is your business about?
I am Head Chef and co-owner of The Nutmeg Spot, a restaurant specializing in Grenadian/West Indian cuisine, products, baked goods and beverages with my wife and business partner. Growing up I always loved being in the kitchen, my grandmother taught me all the basics I know. Food is the ultimate expression of culture, or way of life and I wanted to create a space where I could share my passion and way of life with others but also for my community of Grenadians, a taste of home away from home. At The Nutmeg Spot, it’s more than just the food, we also strive to evoke feelings of nostalgia by creating an atmosphere designed to take you back to growing up days. I am happiest when I know my customers are completely satisfied, belly full of good food and laughter. We treat our customers like family!
What inspired you to start your business?
I grew up with a love for cooking instilled in me by my grandmother. She loved experimenting with different local ingredients in the kitchen as well as coming up with new methods of preparing some of our traditional dishes. On Saturday’s especially she would have me in the kitchen with her, helping measure ingredients, mixing flour for baking or tasting the pot for flavor! I love the fact that I now get to share that experience and those recipes with the customers who come in to eat. There is no greater feeling for me than to know I brought joy to someone through my cooking.Read The Full Interview on Huffpost