A new Jamaican food company aimed at paying homage to mother's cooking has been launched.

Marshall and Brown is a concept created by Chingford-based Carlton Brown, a first generation British-Jamaican with a love of Caribbean food.

The business was launched to pay homage to his mother, now 95, and his love of Jamaican culture.

The products are made in Jamaica

It includes six different flavoured Mama Brown Jamaican rum cakes, six varieties of Jerk House sauces and seasonings, a Jamaican rum punch and a range of artisan chocolates that incorporate Jamaican rum.

Dr Brown, a management consultant and keynote speaker, said: "Growing up my mother was always cooking or baking. If someone was getting married she would always want to get involved and cook things like Jamaican patties.

"She was an entrepreneur herself and had a micro catering business and my grandfather was an early retailer in Jamaica.

"He had one of the first grocery shops in Mount Diablo, near Linstead, in the Parish of St Catherine. So food and business are both in my blood.

“For most Jamaicans, family, friends and food are incredibly important and everyone likes to bake.

"Growing up we always had people round and there was excessive food and drink.

"Jerk chicken with rice and peas was a Sunday favourite and mum was always going to the local markets to source the freshest spices and seasonings."

The brand was launched after two years of work spent researching the market, running focus groups, developing the brand and talking to suppliers.

It was launched at an event last week in London and was attended by the Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.

He said: "We welcome this development as one of the primary things we focus on is encouraging investment in Jamaica. This is a perfect example with Dr. Brown going back to rediscover his traditions and the culture shared by family members who lived in Jamaica.

"Dr. Brown has developed a range of finely packaged products that are fit for the international market. The launch will be the start of a great new venture that has the potential to develop into one of the finest companies that we can be very proud of. It’s a great example of what’s possible and Jamaica welcomes this foreign investment, particularly from a valuable member of our Diaspora here in the UK."

The business is currently in discussions with UK distributors about stocking the brand and is available on Amazon.

Some of the products such as the rum punch and chocolates are produced in the UK using Jamaican rum.

The rest are produced in Jamaican and all the ingredients, including thyme and onions, are sourced in Jamaica.