How it all began
PaPa Spice has been created by two British Gambian brothers – Farra and Lawrence Gomez, using a recipe handed down by their father Joseph Gomez. PaPa Gomez worked as a personal Head Chef for the President of Gambia for over 25 years. The African recipe has been infused with herbs and spices normally associated with traditional British dishes to create Afro-Brit™ cuisine. It was only appropriate to name the sauces PaPa Spice as the original recipe was created by PaPa Gomez. He spent over 25 years perfecting his recipe in his capacity as personal Head Chef for the President of Gambia Sir Dawda Jawara. During this time, the recipe was used to serve many heads of state from all over the world. The fusion between African and British cultures has existed for centuries. In 1992 Farra and his elder brother were selected to represent Gambia for the 40th anniversary of The Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. This wonderful occasion presented the opportunity for Farra to taste various cuisines from all over the world, but none that fused the African culture he was familiar with and the British upbringing he was now accustomed to.
Lawrence Gomez has been working as a Chef at the world famous Ivy restaurant in London and has learnt the art of fresh herb and spice combinations. His many years at the Ivy have allowed him to master the art of fine British cusine. Together the two brothers have created the contemporary Afro-Brit™ culinary vibe; the combination of African and British cuisine. This quick, versatile yet fresh, natural, healthy and convenient sauce and marinades range caters for the modern diverse community. The aim of these sauces and marinades is to instantly bring to life any dish and to cut out the time and preparation required to enhance any dish. The brothers felt it was necessary to create convenient sauces and marinades in today’s busy environment, which would save time and money but also provide great flavours as well as being healthy and natural. As lovers of both British and African dishes, there was a strong desire to create Afro-Brit™ cuisine. So whether you want to add a kick and freshness or you want to enrich your everyday dishes, you should give Papa Spice a try.