Quote Unquote – Big J Jemal, Founder & Managing Director, Big J’s Kitchen

GT – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Big-J-Profile-ShotIt’s got to be the freedom and trying different foods and recipes.

Also meeting new people and doing what I like when I like, as much as I like!

I can’t see myself being in a normal job no more, I enjoy being out and about making new things happen… A 9-5 will be too boring for me.

GT – Who’s inspired you most in your career?

I get inspired daily! But If I was to say people who directly inspired me, I would say in life: My mother and her strengths inspires me as she’s got through a lot!

And in food: I’ll have to say Keith Floyd (RIP) and Ainsley Harriott!

Between Ainsley and Keith I was able to realise that food is fun and it’s good to add a little character to your cooking.

GT – If you were an item in a supermarket, what would you be?

It’s a bit obvious but I’ll have to be any Big J Product, because that is me on a shelf – fun, exciting, urban, charitable and I pride myself in keeping it 100! (Being real).

So let’s say I’m A Big Js Bangin Hot Sauce, I would say Jerk sauce but I don’t want to call myself a Jerk!

GT – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

Nothing, I’ll do it all the same… Mistakes and all! Don’t get me wrong I’ve messed up a lot and still make mistakes, but it’s all a part of life’s lessons, everything you have been through makes you who you are today. Don’t regret it, celebrate it!

GT – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

Falling over in front of 100 young people trying to show off at basketball and ripping my jeans right down the front! I had to creep out!

GT – Who or what makes you laugh?

I’ve got a really serious no nonsense side to me, but I’ve also got a fun childish side of me too. I find humour in some of the silliest things and will be in stitches for ages!

My daughter makes me laugh a lot too, she’s got a beautiful and honest character.

Otherwise reminiscing on memories, some of the crazy things I’ve done and a good joke, movie or stand up show.

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GT – Do you have any hidden talents?

Apart from creating recipes, but that’s not a secret any more! I’m actually a good song writer, I just wish I could say the same when it comes to singing them!

GT – Who would be your favourite party guest?

Michael Jackson and Tupac On The Mic, Keith Floyd In The Kitchen and My Gran (RIP)… Just so I can see her again.

GT – What is the greatest luxury in your life?

Life itself, that’s the greatest luxury… Life and my family! If I was to say a material item I would say my car: Mercedes C class Coupé Or my Big J’s BBQ Sauce with real 23k Gold in it… You don’t get much more luxury than eating BBQ chicken with gold flakes on it, I’ve only got one bottle left!!

GT – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure has to be pot noodles  and burgers from fun fairs smothered with fried onions… Don’t judge me, join me!

GT – Do you have any secret ambitions?

I like to talk things into existence… So even though I only tell a few to my closet people, I let my true ambitions be known.

My ambition is to achieve my goals and dreams, give my family the ability to have a great life. Then help other people achieve their dreams and at the end of it all make it to heaven.

GT – What’s your dream holiday destination?

I want to go to Hawaii! I want to get off the plane and have someone put flowers around my neck and then give me a red and orange fruit punch with pineapple and a little umbrella… and then I’m going to say halloha and have the best holiday ever!

GT – What are your three favourite movies of all time?

I don’t really believe in favourites… there is too much choice in life for favourites.

But if I was pushed to say it will be House Party 1, Menace to Society, Goodfellas and Paid in Full.

GT – What is your favourite book of all time?

I loved Rich Dad, Poor Dad and also The 48 Laws of Power, but my favourite of all time has got to be a Moonwalker book when I was about 5 years old

GT – What’s your favourite pastime?

I throw random BBQs and get people together, slap some meat on the smoker and have a good time, or I like to take long drives with my lady and daughter to different areas playing my music and then grab a nice meal somewhere new. I always love doing a fun activity… cinema, mini golf, bowling.

GT – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

After I go to Hawaii and buy a yacht, I’ll buy beautiful homes for myself, close family and a few friends. Then invest in different businesses especially ones started by young people and help others dreams come true.

GT – What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into this industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

I have got a motto that I created “A dreams is nothing if you leave it on your pillow, go get It!” The World is yours, you have just got to be willing to work and get it!

BIG J’s KITCHEN

BIG J’s KITCHEN is a new collection of sauces which are the prefect compliment to any meat or fish dish.  Big J’s sauces are not only perfect for barbecues – they’re also a top notch choice for spicing things up on the grill and adding some flavoursome heat to your stews. These blazing sauces are sublime on hot dogs, mind-blowing on burgers, and fantastic used as dips for chips, meats, biltong, jerky and veg.

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