Convivial and hospitable are two traits that sum up the ethos of Chef Brian Danclair and his restaurants. This warm and welcoming persona was developed at an early age, stemming from his relationship with his grandmother, Valentina Castillo Caballero, herself an accomplished cook. She enjoyed feeding anyone and everyone in Port au Spain, Trinidad, and Brian grew up watching her use food as a tool to show love and investment in her local community.
It was she who inspired him to follow his passion for food, and when he was 19, Brian moved to Washington, D.C. to work under some of the top chefs in the world. Trained in French Provençal cooking, Brian has developed what he calls “Nouvelle Caribbean cuisine”, an amalgamation of the techniques learned under the likes of Yannick Cam, Jean-Louis Paladin, and Frank Ruta, applied to memories of tastes from his native Caribbean.
A long-time resident of South London, Brian’s instincts led him to open his first restaurant in Brixton Village in 2012. Continuing in the spirit of his grandmother, Brian incorporates family and community into everything he does. From his son Daniel naming Brian’s homemade sauces to the warm greeting one receives when passing by, Fish Wings n Tings is more than just great food, it is about great company. Afterall, it is what Valentina would have wanted.
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