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Media & News
August 28, 2023
On-campus exposure brings off-campus success to local restaurant owners
By: Zoey Thomas (The Alligator)
...Now, the 27-year-old South Florida native is the owner of Chef JJ Creations — a Gainesville catering company that sells its Jamaican-Haitian-Bahamian cuisine through the Tropical Eatz food truck. Many UF students, though, know Chef JJ’s food from eating it on campus....
February 1, 2022
Tropical Eatz Commercial
Video By: Romero Jadotte
Long Live the Dreamer Productions
Check out our Tropical Eatz food truck promotional video! Come visit us to enjoy a fusion of Haitian, Jamaican and Bahamian dishes.
December 8, 2021
Food Truck Rally - Benefitting Girls Place
By: Serra Sowers (The Alligator)
...The vendors and High Dive donated part of their proceeds from the night to Girls Place. They raised a total of $600 after getting donations matched by the Josephs.
Chef JJ Creations catering company and Tropical Eatz food truck are owned by brother duo Freedlengton and Joshua Joseph. The Josephs have been running their catering company for three years and added a permanent food truck at 1225 NW 10th Ave in June. Inspired by Caribbean fusion cuisine, they sold Jamaican patties and rice bowls at their third High Dive Food Truck Rally...
June 24, 2020
By: Emily Mavrakis (Gainesville Sun)
...Joshua Joseph knew he wanted to be chef by the time he was in middle school.
“I’d be side by side with my mom cooking for special occasions like at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said. Joseph, 24, later joined the culinary arts program at his Fort Lauderdale high school before attending culinary school.
After culinary school at Johnson & Wales University, Joseph wanted a change in scenery. His brother had been living in Gainesville and knew a place where he might be able to get his foot in the door, spatula in hand.
Two years ago, he founded Chef JJ Creations, which hosts private dinners, caters events and offers meal prep and family meal services.
Joseph’s cuisine is Caribbean fusion, often bringing island flavor to well-known dishes. One fan favorite is his “Rasta pasta,” which includes jerk seafood seasoning with onions and peppers.
March 31, 2020
Covid-19 Relief Meals
By: AJ Willy (WCJB)
...Joshua Joseph, another local chef involved in the project, says "We're actually going to be preparing some lemon roasted baked chicken with some smashed sweet potatoes and kale and roasted carrots so we're going to be preparing that for our first week of preparation meals and then every week the menu is going to switch too so next week will be a completely different item on the menu that will be served to the community."
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