Godfrey Morgan (Godfrey’s Catering)

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Godfrey Morgan’s signature blend of flavors from Carribean, Asian and southern cuisine in his recently opened south Jackson restaurant, Godfrey’s Carribean Restaurant, earned him the honor of Best New Chef and Best Caterer.

Born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Morgan grew up watching his grandmother, Emiline Leer, cook. She had her own business in Jamaica, and Morgan’s memories of her kitchen inspired him to enter the food industry himself. He feels honored when people enjoy his dishes and loves to create innovative recipes to satisfy their palates. “I’ve always loved to see how customers verify quality,” he says.

Morgan ran food and learned to cook his first dishes In his first job at 16 years old at a hotel called Boscobel. He then went on to work in several hotel restaurants in Jamaica, honing his skills in preparing Caribbean, Italian, German, American and Asian food. He moved from Jamaica to Jackson to enroll in Hinds Community College, where he studied culinary arts.

“My eyes opened, because I knew many techniques, but only when I went to college did I know how to gather knowledge and skills,” he says.

After gaining years of professional experience, in March 2019, Morgan opened Godfrey’s, which includes menu items such as oxtail, sticky ribs, jerk chicken spring rolls, fried chicken and lobster-shrimp toast. He initially thought his business would be catering only, but high demand led Godfrey’s to also become a sit-down restaurant as well. Find Godfrey’s on Facebook. — Mauricio J. Quijano

WINNER: New Chef; Best Caterer

Address: Godfrey’s Catering, 2460 terry Rd, Jackson, MS 39204

Phone number: 601-398-3602

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