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Carlington Clarke is the entrepreneur, Head Chef and co-founder of Pumpkin Jerk Grill, an award-nominated take-away restaurant offering authentic Caribbean cuisine. Carlington has over 20 years of cooking experience and has been involved in a number of restaurant launches.
Ingredients for today’s show include tips on launching a new restaurant or takeaway. Should you expect your own take-away, not to make a profit in its 1st year of business? How to ensure all your cooks, cook the same way.
- An introduction to Carlington Clarke (Carlos)
- We find out why Carlos choose to move to the UK, instead of the United States.
- Carlos explains why he felt trapped on an island, and how that impacted him.
- We learn about how he found his love for food
- Carlos shares the challenges he faced in finding a job within the hospitality industry, in Jamaica
- How a glass ceiling at work, can open new opportunities for you
- We learn how Carlos went about opening Pumpkin Grill
- Carlos shares how the knowledge of knowing his parents didn’t work for someone, influenced his decision to be an entrepreneur
- We find out if partnerships could be beneficial to your growth
- Why Carlos opened a restaurant in Barnet, and how he won during a recession.
- We get tips on launching a new restaurant or takeaway
- Why you should avoid borrowing money if you can
- Should you expect your own take-away, not to make a profit in its 1st year of business?
- How to ensure all your cooks, cook the same way
- We find out why staffing is a big challenge for restaurants
- Why you should follow your dream
- Why your purpose in life, must be bigger than what you want for yourself
- Carlos talks about what has been working for him promoting his business.
- We find out where Carlos gets his inspiration from
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