Who are we ?
Bokit la was created by a group of friends, Thierry Baptiste, Julien Otz and Nicolas Baptiste, natives of Guadeloupe (French West Indies – Southern Caribbean).We met at a swimming club and over the years, built a friendship based on our love for competition, passion for sport and our common rigour and determination. It allowed us to reach a professional level as swimmers and helped us being listed among top French athletes.
Where did it all start ?
After a long separation while studying, fate led us to meet again in London. Whilst sharing a meal together we realised that none of us lost the love we shared for the traditional French Caribbean food our parents taught us to prepare. This led to constantly redevelop and re-elaborate our dishes and exchange our food knowledge. Unconsciously, a friendly competition to create the best dish started and it helped us in improving our cooking skills i.e. create and present a three course meal.
The birth of Bokit’La
Our love for Caribbean cuisine gave us the desire to share our culinary culture. Caribbean food, in a mouthful, allows one to travel, feel the warmth and happiness enjoyed on the islands.We decided to introduce recipes representative of our origins both on a cultural and culinary level.
What is a bokit ?
The bokit is a culinary tradition from the French Caribbean which has the reputation to fully satisfy any appetite and its nicknamed the “creole burger”.
It appeared in post slavery time , when the poor working so hard did not have enough to buy bread so they had to prepare their own. Using flour and water they then fried it with cooking oil.
Nowadays, the Bokit has not disappeared but on the contrary has become a complete institution in the French Caribbean.It is now prepared with various stuffing which our ancestors didn’t have access to.We have worked thoroughly to find the best recipe for our Bokits to bring it as close as we could to what it was back in the days, whilst adding our personal touch.