My name is Shane Hope. I’m the owner of Shadees Jamaican Restaurant in Riverhead. Shadees has been around from May 2017. Our cuisine is Jamaican food, basically for everybody because I cook to entertain everyone.
It’s three of us running the business right now: me, my wife and my daughter-in-law. My role is the owner, the chef, the cook, and my wife is like the organizer for everything. My daughter-in-law comes in. She helps out wherever we need her to.
When I came to America in 1990, I came out on the East End about ’91-’92, I got a job in an American restaurant, so I started to develop a lot of techniques from that. I tried to combine American style with the Jamaican style. In Jamaica, I cooked regular, but nothing compared to this. I’m happy and I’m blessed to come here and achieve what I’ve achieved.
My day starts waking up like 5 o’clock, then I have to come here. I work here, then I leave and I have a next job at Southampton Hospital, so I have a long day. I basically work six and seven days a week. Cooking from six until about 1 o’clock. Then I leave, go home, take a shower, go on to Southampton Hospital to 11 o’clock.
At this point, I see the oxtail is expensive, but I think that’s one of the most popular dishes that go out a lot. The curry chicken as well, the jerk chicken. Everything, basically, is popping, is going out. I try to make it taste something different in each one because I’m trying to create my own style. I don’t want when you go to a next Jamaican restaurant, you’re getting the same flavor. I want you to say, ‘OK, I like Shadees’ or ‘I don’t.’ I don’t want you to say, ‘OK, it’s the same like this one over here,’ so I try to create my own little special taste to it.
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