THE STORY OF WAH GWAN®
For years I have been testing and trying blends of spices thinking there must be an all purpose seasoning that bridges cultural and situational cooking. I want a blend I could season my tacos and pasta with and sprinkle over eggs in the morning.
It wasn't until several years ago I was gifted the two key quality sourced ingredients, Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika and Dried Yellow Scotch Bonnet Pepper. Now my cooking has ALWAYS included Scotch Bonnets being that I'm Jamaican and love spice. Paprika as well has been a staple. What happened though when these spices were combined and blended with a handful of other spices was nothing short of incredible.
What I quickly learned was that combining Paprika and Dried Scotch Bonnet wasn't enough. I had run out of my gifted spices and was struggling to find that quality of spice here in the states. I scoured spice manufactures, tried hundreds of samples and I finally found my sources.
My Wah Gwan® seasoning to this day only sources the most quality imported ingredients. The Paprika in fact still comes from Spain and the Scotch Bonnet is grown by hand by the only person I found who can grow and dry the pepper to be just right. This is what sets us apart and I stand by this product tearing through it daily in our own home.
Wah Gwan® was co-founded by Marcus and his wife Rose Orrell Davis who runs the operations of the business alongside Marcus.
CHEF MARCUS ANTHONY
Marcus grew up in Long Island New York while maintaining deep roots in Jamaica. Working as a steamfitter for over 19 years, he was able to find time in between welding at the top of NYC skyscrapers and building One World Trade Center to explore his passion.
After becoming a second generation steamfitter, following in his father's footsteps, Marcus took it upon himself to never stop learning. He immersed himself in cooking classes, cook books and spent nights awake just chopping hundreds of onions until he got it right. He eventually found himself in the private chef arena and catering, essentially leading a double life. All while steamfitting, once a steamfitter, always a steamfitter.
With nutrition and wellness always at the forefront, Marcus believes that your body follows your mind, if you believe you can’t eat healthy, prevent disease, or even cook, your body owns that knowledge. He has worked to dispel stereotypes, step out of comfort zones and advocate that every person on this planet deserves the knowledge of how to help themselves through good food.
He is a graduate of The Institute of Transformational Nutrition as a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and Life Coach. His mission is to bring everyone back to the dinner table where the healing that comes from breaking bread with loved ones can never be matched.
"We all walk some form of a razor's edge of passion and career. I'm lucky enough to join those that have made their passion their career."
Marcus Anthony, Chef and Nutrition Coach
To deliver quality, globally sourced seasonings, making them accessible to everyone while inspiring a modern view on the culinary experience.
We aspire to be a household name for seasoning that contributes to product ingredient awareness, bringing cooking back into the home and moving toward a healthier lifestyle for all.
We believe that the customer always comes first and that all customers are created equal. Society should not dictate which foods you eat and coming from different cultures and backgrounds should only enhance the culinary experience. Breaking away from the culinary status quo will breathe life into every aspect of what we do.
Over deliver and always listen. We promise as a company, to constantly learn and be open to learning at every stage. Our promise to our customers is to do our part in bringing awareness to cultural integration and appreciation through food.
We strive for quality in everything we do. From the customers experience to the quality of our globally sourced ingredients, everything we touch is with quality first.
We believe in inclusivity and equality both locally and globally. Locally in our business and employees and globally with our greater company mission in delivering cultural awareness and love through food.
Staying genuine to our primary love for food, spices and cooking is the diving motivator for what we do at Wah Gwan®. We are always looking to what's next and being the leader in food inspiration.
We wouldn't have our amazing products without amazing ingredients made by suppliers and growers hand chosen by us. We proudly share this information and welcome feedback at all times. Our only goal is to deliver the best product.