“I started work for me cousin, like washing up plates in Mango Room,” Roger Shakes, owner and head chef tells us. “Until I end up the head chef”. The now-defunct Mango Room was one of London’s most celebrated Caribbean restaurants, known for its array of celebrity customers. “I got some experience combining some European with Caribbean food and that’s what we been doing for years.” Rogers journey as a chef started back in his native Jamaica. “I been cooking since I was 12, I got most of this from my grandparents. Just family cooking, we come from a poor background, grew up on the farm, in de hills, maybe 15 people live in one house, there was always cooking going on”. Roger recalls for the family, food was a time to connect “You always have them special days, like on a Sunday morning everybody come together”.