Chef Penn Harris is owner of Jerk Only, a family owned up and coming carribbean restaurant that Penn soon wishes to be a food truck in Frederick. We tried Jerk Only and interviewed owner Larry Harris. We love it. Check out our review and interview with the chef.
When did your love for cooking start?
My love for cooking start the day I entered M.M Washington CSHS in 2000.
What does a day in the life of chef Larry look like?
Get up in the morning, wake the kids up, prep food, do lots of grocery shopping to get ready for the day, lots of creative meal ideas being put together, selling to my loyal customers and making them happy.
What kind of food do you cook and what would you like customers to remember about your cuisine?
My meals vary with traditional Caribbean cuisine and a fusion of different cultural dishes. I would like my customers to always expect consistently nice flavored food and also know that it won’t always be just a regular mundane meal but a wonderful food experience in which they need and want to try again and again.
What are your goals being a chef?
My ultimate goal in being a chef is to reach the masses and share my love for cooking with as many people as possible. Also, to open my first fusion Caribbean restaurant.
What is your favorite food?
My palate varies so I don’t really have a favorite food . However, my mother did come to mind. I love her collard greens; she also inspired me to cook at a young age.
Order 1: Jerk wings, plantains, and rice and beans
The first thing we noticed was our portion sizes. They are really a bang for your buck. The jerk wings were well seasoned, spicy, tasty! The food was fresh and hot with custom car door delivery. Though the plantains were different than what we’re used to, they were just as good, softer, less chewy. The rice and beans were a flavorful addition.
Order 2: Fried whiting, plantains, and macaroni and cheese
The fish was fried to perfection and the batter was even more delicious. It was not overcooked or under, the batter was not mealy or hardened. The mac and cheese seemed it was prepared via stove top as opposed to oven like most; extra cheesy goodness.
Order 3: Jerk shrimp macaroni and cheese
Yes, this comes as an entire entree. We fell in love with his signature dish with a twist while staying true to his jerk roots. The macaroni and cheese was spicy because of the shrimp, the shrimp were huge and filling, and recently Chef Penn has added tomatoes and peppers to his creation. Yum. Must try. You might not be able to finish this plate!
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