Barbadian culinary entrepreneur Chef Derek Went runs a company that markets herb-based cooking products, playfully named, Went Caribbean. Following the motto Caribbean spice for a healthier life, Went Caribbean offers a wide selection of goods and services “to support a healthy, island lifestyle.” For example, according to Chef Went, WentWorx—an aromatic blend of natural herbs and spices without MSG, sugar, salt, preservatives, or additives—mitigates the risk of food-related diseases such high blood pressure and diabetes.
Went Caribbean’s five main blended spices, herbs, and seasonings are Island Treat for Poultry, Island Sweet for Vegetables, Island Street for Seafood, Island Heat for All Meats, and Island Beat for The Works. These include traditional ingredients such as garlic, onion, parsley, allspice, cayenne, ginger, paprika, nutmeg and thyme. Went explains that “with the creative use of these dry mixtures that reconstitute on contact with moisture, you can easily create delectable sauces, salsas, dips, relishes, chutneys, marinades, and dressings.”
With emphasis being placed on food as a foundation for well-being, “Went Caribbean, a member of the family of the newly launched Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund, promotes the appetizing and unique tastes of Caribbean cuisine made simple and convenient while contributing time tested benefits for health.” Went explains that his company is also focusing on making these products available in the international marketplace, especially in Caribbean communities in the Diaspora.