Haiti’s Wesly Jean Simon brings the energy on the latest episode of Carry On Friends. Wesly and I discuss our mutual love for Caribbean culture and how food plays a major part in his cultural expressions.
Wesly grew up in Brooklyn in a strong Caribbean family community. But, when he moved to a new area that lacked the Caribbean food and culture he loves, his desire to open his first restaurant was ignited. He now owns multiple restaurants in New York which allows him to share Caribbean culture with others.
In our chat, Wesly and I talk about cultural misrepresentation and what it means for others to try something new with a beloved dish. Wesly also addresses Caribbean food critics.
Not only is Wesly about Caribbean food, but he is also about the Caribbean community. Throughout this episode, he shares the work he is doing to build his community, represent his culture and make Brooklyn a Caribbean flavor hub.
As a multi-business owner, Wesley leaves us with some solid business advice. Added to that, he speaks directly to those who want to get into the restaurant business. He shares why a restaurant business is one of the hardest businesses to run, and the struggles to keep it open. Wesly also provides some unique advice to aspiring chefs.
Before we wrap up, we talk about what’s next for Wesly and he gives some delicious dish recommendations from his restaurants that I can’t wait to try.
Join us for a mouthwatering conversation with this Haitian Caribbean American entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York, as we explore the delicious world of Caribbean culinary art and culture. We’ll also discuss how Wesly’s restaurant and brewery, Zanmi, serves up authentic Caribbean dishes.
- Wesly Jean Simon, who represents Haiti, is a multi-restaurant owner in New York.
- Hear about his love for Caribbean culture and how food plays a major part in his cultural expressions.
- He talks about the work he is doing to build his community, represent his culture and make Brooklyn a flavor hub for all things Caribbean.
- Wesly gives advice to business owners, aspiring restauranteurs and chefs.
Enjoyed the show? Please remember to leave a rating and review in Apple Podcasts.