Winner of the "Lifetime Achievement Award"
Helen Willinsky winning of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for bringing Jerk Seasoning to the United States.
Helen’s® Tropical-Exotics marinades, pastes, sauces and seasoning capture the zest and excitement of Caribbean cuisine.
Helen Willinsky is a gifted culinary professional and author whose creativity is expressed through food.
She seamlessly blends tropical fruits and vegetables with North American ingredients to create one-of-a-kind tastes that are delicious, interesting and — equally important — perfectly balanced.
Helen was the “Originator” of bringing the dry jerk seasoning to the United States to chefs and American consumer.
Born in Jamaica, a former British colony, she thought that British cooking was “pretty dull” and at an early age developed an interest in the tropical fruits and vegetables used in Jamaica’s flavourful cuisine.
After completing high school in Kingston, Jamaica Helen trained at the Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland. She spent several years cooking professionally in Europe before returning home.
In 1978 she emigrated to the United States bringing the secrets of the island recipes with her and founded Helen’s Tropical-Exotics.
In 2007, Helen published her second book, Jerk from Jamaica.