Yonette Alleyne is the lovely woman behind Caribbean Gourmet. When she was young at home in Guyana, she found what she loved to do early in life. She asked her mother for a cookbook for her 11th birthday and has been cooking, baking, and refining her talent ever since. In Guyana, she had run her own business, and she knew she had the skills to survive. Her skills had come from her own mother and grandmother, as Yonette had assisted her grandmother in the kitchen making peppermint candies, jams, jellies, cakes and pastries.
When Yonette and her family moved to Los Angeles she found it to be a bit of a new challenge after being a business owner in control of her own fate. After nine months of searching and applying for jobs, Yonette worked as a cake decorator at a Los Angeles supermarket. Within nine months of working that job, she became a manager and began training others, staying for nine years and then becoming a bakery manager at another location for five years.
In 2015, Yonette started her business at the Farmers’ Markets in Los Angeles. She was at Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills and Atwater Village. Her business started with a variety of handmade Caribbean pastries and fruit drinks. After about six months in business, she slowly added a variety of hot food dishes as customers requested.
Yonette grew their Instagram following by posting regularly and showcasing hard to find Caribbean dishes. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Farmers’ Markets were closed for a little while. Being mainly a family business, she decided to offer meals delivery. She would cook, pre-pack and delivery the food for a small fee in about a 35 mile radius.
In December of 2021, Yonette opened her first brick and mortar location in the Blossom Market Food Hall in the City of San Gabriel. That was one of her dreams by opening her own restaurant. She gets so much support by longtime and new customers and she is enjoying this new experience.
Today, she has many loving followers who will travel far to get her special food featuring Caribbean favorites like oxtail stew, jerk chicken, chicken curry, vegan curry, beef and turkey patties, and pastries baked from scratch.
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