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JOSHUA IS ETHNICALLY ENGLISH AND GUYANESE. YET HE WAS RAISED BY THE ENGLISH SIDE OF HIS FAMILY; THE LOVELY @DEBBIEMS123 AND BRILLIANT KEVIN ARE HIS MUM AND DAD. THE YOUNGEST OF 5 OLDER BROTHERS, BEING THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL WITH MIXED ETHNICITY IN HIS FAMILY MEANT JOSH HAD HIS OWN PARTICULAR BRAND OF OTHERNES TO DEAL WITH ACROSS HIS LIFE IN SCHOOL, WORK, AND SOMETIMES EVEN AT HOME. THANK GOD FOR THOSE OLDER BROTHERS EY.

JOSH STARTED HIS CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE AGE OF 15 WITH A CATERING APPRENTICESHIP AFTER RECEIVING HIS QUALIFICATIONS HE CONTINUED HIS CAREER WORKING WITHIN HOTELS & RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE U.K.

HE WENT FROM COMMIS, CDP TO SOUS CHEF AND THEN HE MET DAVE CARTER FROM @SMOKESTAKUK JOSH BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST CHEFS TO START-UP WITH THE BBQ LEGENDS.

JOSH WAS HEAD CHEF FOR SMOKESTAK PRODUCING TONS OF BRISKET A WEEK. JOSH PERFECTED HIS SKILLS @SMOKESTAKUK FOR NEARLY HALF A DECADE BEFORE SEEKING NEW HORIZONS.

JOSH THEN MET @BRADMCDONALD01 FROM SHOTGUN BBQ, LONDON’S FIRST FINE DINING BBQ RESTAURANT. AN ENTIRELY NOVEL CONCEPT WITH SOME OF THE MOST INTRICATE BBQ FOCUSSED CULINARY PROCESSES. I MEAN WHO ELSE DO YOU KNOW THAT COMES IN EARLY TO WORK EACH DAY TO TURN 1000S OF FERMENTING SOYA BEANS TO MAKE IN-HOUSE SOY SAUCE?

AFTER ALMOST A DECADE OF WORKING IN BBQ RESTAURANTS, JOSH WAS FINALLY READY TO DO HIS OWN THING, THE LACK OF INCLUSIVITY IN MENUS, THE LACK OF RACIALISED CHEFS AT THE TOP RUNGS OF FOOD MEDIA AND MANAGEMENT, THE LACK OF FEELING SELF WORTH FOR ALL HIS GRAFT LED HIM TO MAKE HIS OWN SPACE FOR CHEFS AND INDIVIDUALS LIKE HIM. TO THOSE THAT FELT THEY NEITHER BELONGED HERE NOR THERE AND SUFFERED TIME AND TIME OVER BY NOT BEING SEEN NOR HEARD, DUE TO PASSIVE, MICRO-AGGRESSIVE AND AGGRESSIVE FORMS OF EXCLUSIVITY IN THE INDUSTRY.

HE APPROACHED HIS FRIEND (NOW FIANCÉ AND CO-FOUNDER) AT THE TIME WHO HE MET AT STREET FEAST @MURSALSAIQ AND SAID ‘DO YOU WANT TO START A BBQ COMPANY WITH ME, I THINK WE COULD SMASH IT’

AND THE REST IS HISTORY…

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