Meet the Chef

Lauren Herbert, Chef and Proprietor of Mango Caribbean Restaurant of Huntsville, began her professional culinary career at New York Restaurant Hotel Management School in 1987.

After graduating, she worked as a chef in various restaurants and school cafeterias.  Her big break came when she accepted the position as Head Chef at York College in New York in 1990.

Lauren found her love for cooking from the tender age of eight and would always try her hand at recipes for her siblings.  Lauren was fascinated by the use of spices and flavors from her home
land Guyana.

As a result of this passion for cooking Lauren’s mother Claire placed her in every opportunity to enhance this skill set eventually sending her off to evening classes at the prestigious Carnegie School of Home Economics in Guyana where she learned to cook and bake.

 

Chef Lauren A. Herbert

Chef Lauren Andrea Herbert was born in Georgetown Guyana, South American on December 26th, 1964 as Lauren Kendall.  She is the first of 4 children to a single mother Claire Kendall, who loved to cook
and entertain.

Lauren’s earliest memory with her mother was with food.  Her maternal grandmother Eugenie Kendall was also a chef and heavily influenced her drive into the culinary arts.

Lauren migrated to the United States in 1986 where she attended New York Restaurant School began working as CUNY York School College as Salad Chef.

In 1988, she was asked to become Head Chef for Faculty and staff Dinning facility.  In 1989, she was promoted to Head Chef of York College when she held that position for a number of years.  She also held positions at Old Westbury College in Long Island, New York, and Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York.

In 1995, Lauren married Ian Herbert, an Air Condition Mechanic from Barbados.  They moved to Huntsville Alabama in 1997 where Lauren continued her pursuit in the culinary field.  She worked as a Caterer for years as a chef at Oakwood University cafeteria, and at the Radisson Hotel.

Lauren and her husband Ian opened Mangos Caribbean Restaurant in 2012; they have one daughter Keisha who has become involved in the family business as manager of Mangos.

 

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant

Mangos Caribbean Restaurant of Huntsville was opened in 2012, a family-owned business with Chef and

Lauren A. Herbert - Mangos Caribbean Restaurant of Huntsville

Proprietor Lauren Herbert, Manager Ian (husband), and Keisha (daughter).

After opening in 2012, Mangos’ won immediate acclaim by Huntsville Times, and awarded the title Best New restaurant in 2012.  In 2013, Trip Advisor listed Mangos as #1 for 7 months in a row, and Mangos received a Certificate of Excellence in 2014. Mangos Caribbean Restaurant was also listed on al.com as 21 must try buffets in Alabama.

 

Country of Birth

Born in Co-Operative Republic of Guyana formally known as British Guiana this tropical country is the only English speaking country in South America.  Reaching over 83,000 square miles Guyana is notably famous for their Kaieteur Falls which is one of the worlds widest and highest clear single drop waterfalls (741 feet) located in the Amazon Forest. It is a land of many waters and is boarded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the South and Southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west.

The legacy of British ruled is reflected in the country’s diverse population which includes 6 races, Amerindians-indigenous people, Chinese, East Indians, Europeans, and Portuguese.

Chef Lauren’s unique blend of flavors comes from a rich culture of these 6 races.  She is known for making her own spices, sauces, soups, stews and breads.

Chef Lauren takes a good old home goodness approach to food.  Mangos Caribbean Restaurant is a proud family-owned business with highest value on performance and attention to detail.

Through the years Chef Lauren had the privilege of cooking for many celebrities such as Lou Rawles, Anthony Hamilton, Clifton Davis, Beres Hammond, Melba Moore, Kirk Whalum, John Stoddard, Leon from the Five Heartbeats, Whitley Phipps, T Marshall Kelly, CD Brooks, Pastor Charles Bradford ,Casting Crowns and many more.