Pimento’s story began many years ago in the kitchen of West Kingston matriarch, Sylvia “Baby Lue” Jones, where she taught her grandson, Tomme “Young General” Beevas, how to lovingly prepare amazing meals for their community. You’re invited to experience her warmth in the flavor of each plate, and to join us in celebrating her life and legacy with every bite.
Hailing from the mean streets of Kingston, Jamaica, The Young General couldn’t sing or play the guitar, so he learned at a young age to talk smarter, think faster, and cook better than any other kid on the block. He says that he learned everything he ever needed to know from the warmth of his Grandmother’s kitchen – from cooking Sunday dinners for the entire family at the young age of 12, to eventually earning an MBA from a prestigious American University. He enjoys a long nap in a hammock, sharing his culture over a pint, and an honest debate. He is also a Gemini, and not surprisingly, an excellent dancer.
Yoni was a pioneer of Jewish-Jamaican rap along with his friend and frequent collaborator, Matisyahu. Long before making appearances on gold records, Yoni developed a deep respect for the wisdom in Jamaican music. After fate decided that Tomme and he should become next door neighbors, the two became fast friends and their future collaboration was inevitable. Yoni traded in his microphone and tour bus for a spatula and a food truck, and the two of them journeyed to the home of Baby Lue. Upon their return to the US, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen was born.
Born into the Soviet Union and reared in the peach-ripening warehouses of Atlanta, Georgia, Serge is a rare breed from even rarer stock. He’s a hops farmer by day, renegade chef by night, and a well-oiled barstool philosopher by morning. Occasionally, the Russian-Southern accent of his childhood surfaces with his signature mishmash of proverbs, direction, and hard-earned wisdom. He graduated with his Diploma de Cuisine Superior from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, cut his teeth as the sous chef at D’Amico Cucina, and garnered citywide praise for his executive menus at Oddfellows and Restaurant Red.
Winners of Food Network’s reality show, Food Court Wars, Pimento offers authentic Jamaican street food using family recipes, chef-inspired techniques and fresh local ingredients, all prepared from scratch. Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their equipped eatery space. We’re proud to be growing from that former location in Burnsville, Minnesota, to now include a food truck, and our new flagship location on Eat Street (Nicollet Ave.), in Minneapolis.