Spotlight: Mama Jacq’s


12 Jan 19

Authentic West Indian flavours come to Boxpark Wembley with the talented culinary stylings of Mama Jacq's. We caught up with founder, Chanatal Codougan, to find out more.

Tell us who you are and what you do.

Mama Jacq’s is a family-based company inspired by the home cooking of my Vincentian heritage and my mother before me.
My two eldest children, Chantal and Dominic, have been inspired by the family kitchen legacy and have partnered with me to champion authentic West Indian recipes and ingredients to the U.K. market. 

How did Mama Jacq's come about?

It actually started with Granny Yvonne! Cooking was central to our bonding time as a family. We would have music blasting, hips shaking and lips moving. Granny Yvonne passed down that love for cooking. 

After moving to the U.K., we continue to share our family recipes and culture with those around us.

Mama Jacq or I would have dinner parties within our home, neighbours and friends were always invited. Word quickly spread throughout Watford, Hertfordshire that there is a lady who makes amazing food. We then began cooking for events held in Watford. These events ranged from church ceremonies to a family day in local parks. During these events Mama Jacq would be questioned on what she puts in her food to make it so delicious. Her answer was always "I use plenty of love".  

Mama Jacq’s has grown from a sauce company and expanded organically to sell cooked food at food markets, including the famous Notting Hill Carnival. 

What song best sums up your brand?

This songs reminds us of home, we love cooking as much as we love Soca. We combine the two to create our recipes. The best line in the song is "If music was the food of life, then surely I will never be satisfied". 

What can customers expect from you at Boxpark Wembley?

Customers can expect a modern take on traditional Caribbean home cooking. The journey begins with fresh ingredients, vibrant visual stimulation and finally bold and unique flavours.

What is your favourite item on your menu?

Our tender boneless curry goat is our favourite item on our menu. Our curry goat is special because the goat meat is marinated using our green marinade and then slow cooked for 3 hours until tender. Our goat meat is infused with flavours of curry powder, ginger, thyme, onion, and garlic to name a few of our ingredients.

Which other Boxpark trader would you recommend to customers?

The Crepes and Cones pop-up at Boxpark Croydon was amazing! We started selling food and marinades at festivals and our favourite stall to visit was always the crepe stall. 

What is your favourite thing about Wembley?

If you are a foodie Ealing Road is a great place to find the best of Caribbean , Asian, and international produce. Ealing Road is a melting pot of people from different backgrounds, exotic smells and an array of vibrant and bold storefronts. There is a fantastic food market that offers fresh food to buy as well as prepared food to eat. 

You can follow Mama Jacq's on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.