Keiser College Alumnus Introduces Caribbean Fare to South Floridians

After having shared delicious family recipes with other Bahamian islanders since 2013, Laron Culmer and his family are now introducing Caribbean cuisine to South Floridians. The Native Americans of Nassau have joined other establishments at Lincoln Eatery in South Beach, Miami, bringing their C Food Shack cuisine to international foodies.

With the “C”, which is an appropriate representation of the family name, Culmer thanks his mother, father and wife, who have all contributed to increasing the efforts to ensure that family recipes are enjoyed for years to come. Thanks to the mysterious marinades and classified preparations designed to indulge the palate, the take-out business is thriving and lovers of Caribbean and South Florida flavors are returning to learn more.

The vision of opening the restaurant began decades ago when Culmer broadened the business foundation he’d gained as a student at Bluefield College in Virginia by participating in the Culinary Arts program on Keizer University’s Melbourne campus. There he gained insights from head chef James McGuinness, enjoyed the time in the culinary laboratory and took part in an external internship at a local restaurant.

“I fell in love with the craft while doing my first job as Broil Side Line Cook at Applebee in my senior year of college,” said Culmer, Chef James McGuinness and others, recognizing his drive and helping him find the stars and hope attributes to becoming a leader in the field of tropical cuisine. “Now that we’re back in America, I look forward to introducing new and familiar flavors at the same time. Hence my style is called ‘Floribbean’, ”he smiled.

Those who visit C Food Shack can try breaded products marinated in the top-secret citrus and chilli mix while also enjoying a variety of starters, appetizers and desserts, as well as tempting sauces like mango vinaigrette, junkanoo, guava ketchup and enjoy much more.

“It is very gratifying to see former students realizing the dreams they envisioned when they signed up for our culinary program. Laron was such a passionate, motivated, and creative student that it is no surprise he got this far. “Dean McGuinness said. “South Floriders will get a real treat.”

The Keizer University Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation, and hands-on experience. The students acquire professional knowledge of food, its preparation and handling as well as cooking from basic to advanced. The curriculum includes an external internship to prepare students for entry-level positions in the food service industry.