Junior Lewis, 36, winner of the 2009 Taste of the Caribbean competition, opened Rumkeg876 on Abbeydale Road in December and it just goes from strength to strength.
He said: “In Jamaica you have to find your own way. We had no running water in our house. I always said that I didn’t want to work for anyone.
Mr Lewis lived with his grandmother in Portland from the age of two, moved in with his aunt as a teenager and has lived in the UK since 2009.
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“My family worked for themselves. I remember the days when I sold bananas and oranges before going to school. When my grandfather was away cultivating for six months in a row, I felt I had to be the man of the house.
“For me, my grandmother was my mother and my father. She was my whole family, and it never gets easier. I feel that she would be happy, she would be proud that I did a lot of the work here by myself.
Mr Lewis previously worked as a chef, bar supervisor, security guard, hotel worker, carer and youth worker at Sheffield Futures, and he still works with children in care on his days off.
He said: “There’s a boy I work with who’s been in and out of the justice system, he’s had a lot of trouble. He got a bad upbringing and didn’t have many male role models – I’m still here for him.
When the boy leaves care, Mr Lewis plans to work with young people on the streets to make a difference in some of their lives.
He said: “I was approached by an investor who was already asking me to develop, and I said no. It’s not just about the money for me. I don’t want to wake up from this. dream, let me enjoy it!
Rumkeg876 is open on Abbeydale Road from Thursday to Sunday each week, offering its unique Bob Marley shots and traditional rum punch.