Nature’s Kitchen was founded by me (Rory), my wife Archana, and our son Zachary. Together, we began our food journey experimenting with various herbs and spices as a means of improving health and introducing the flavors of our Jamaican & Indian cultures to Zachary.
How We Got Started
Friends, family, and a love for sharing the flavors of our culture lead to the starting of our business. When we moved to Atlanta we both joined a tennis team in order to have a more active lifestyle. Early on I (Rory) found out that I wasn’t going to be very good at the game so I started grilling at our home games. I think we won a few games just from the fragrance of jerk chicken wafting onto the tennis courts but I believe that the major win came after the games when we all sat down to eat. On several occasions, I’ve been approached by players from the opposing teams with “hey, you’re that guy who made the jerk chicken … can you give me the recipe?” After a number of these requests and making small batches of sauce to give away to anyone who asked, we decided to take the next step and make a business out of it.
We began production in May 2016 in time to enter the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. We were awarded a Finalist award for our Jerk BBQ Saucinade in the BBQ category. That was a big win for us, coming out of the gate and be a top-three finalist in such a prestigious competition before our products were even on the shelves confirmed for us that we are on the right path.
What Keeps Us Going
We didn’t set out to create a product line. Our love for experimenting in the kitchen, the inspiration that comes from music, our passion for entertaining and bonding over great, tasty meals keeps us going. We have an opportunity through our products to share an experience with our customers, and to spread our love for local and natural ingredients throughout our community.
Much of the thought that we have put into our business has been motivated by what we hope to leave behind for our son, a legacy passed on to us through our Jamaican and Indian heritage, which for us is partly based on the transformation and continuance of our culture through food. For our family, this started with cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, cooking for friends and family, but more importantly that our son would have an appreciation of who we are by what we ate. Our focus has been on using ingredients from our respective cultures which are meaningful to us and appreciated by others whether for medicinal or exotic properties.
About Our Products
Other than using all-natural gluten-free vegetarian ingredients, and being big on flavor over fillers there are two things we believe that will help to differentiate our brand/products from others. First, our focus is on creating products that are a fusion of our culinary cultures – Jamaica and India – both known for their rich & complex flavors, and where food plays an important role in the celebration of life’s many events. Second, our products, especially our sauces and marinades were created to have a wide variety of uses at any point in the cooking process. They can be used as marinades, sauces, flavor enhancers, condiments or as complements to other dishes.