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Meet the Spice Laidy

Meet the Spice Laidy

-“Lai Will” as Malaika is most called, is a self-taught professional cook born and raised in heart of New York City, one of the major food Meccas of the world. After years of working in Corporate America Lai made the bold decision to embark upon a new career and finally venture into the world of food and fine cuisine. With a newfound vision on the horizon, Lai used her melting pot of cultural backgrounds to create a fusion of Geechee, Bajan (Caribbean, and Peach maternal grandmother from Savannah Georgia and her maternal grandfather from South Carolina/Savannah by way of Barbados. The pairing of her grandparents' cultures has inspired, not only her love for the various delectable bites featured on her menu but also inspired the theme for South Island Kitchen with the Peach representing Georgia and the Electric Blue inspired by the Barbadian flag

Lai Will Spice Laidy women in red dress

Representing the sea and sky of Barbados. While cultivating her Culinary Arts skills, Lai discovered her love for blending seasoning. Starting with mixing her own blends to eventually learning to dehydrate fresh herbs and vegetables to combine them into her own blends. It wouldn’t be long before friends began to ask her to custom blend seasonings for them, and eventually, one suggesting she start selling them and South Island Spice was born.

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