Marlaina Curtis has made a life of proving doubters wrong.

She has carved out a diverse career covering acting, modelling and presenting, and is well-known in Taranaki through her successful Marlaina Curtis Stage School.

In 2013, she started her own cooking show, which first screened on Prime TV. She continues to produce and present “Marlaina’s Kitchen” herself and is due to start her third season later this year.

Now she is adding a new venture to her vast CV – she is about to launch her own food product: Marlaina’s Jerk Seasoning.

Set to take place on Thursday 15th June at Crowded House, New Plymouth, Marlaina describes the launch as “a free night of fun for families.”

Starting at 5.30pm, there will be a steel band playing, free samples of jerk chicken for people to try, and the first production of the seasoning available for people to buy. Plus the first ten families to buy a round of drinks (minimum of 5 drinks) will receive a free gift bag.

Jerk seasoning is a product taken from Marlaina’s British Jamaican heritage but modified to suit  Western palates. Sweet, tangy, a little fiery and delicious, the product will be available at the special introductory price of $7.90 from TLC Meats and local supermarkets.

Five years in the making, Marlaina’s Jerk Seasoning was born on her TV show and proved so popular she could see there was a ready market. She’s developed the product herself and Sid’s Sauce in Bell Block will be producing her new seasoning.

The vivacious mum of three, has never wanted to be a bystander in life. “I didn’t want to be that person sitting on the sofa, watching other people’s success,”says Marlaina. Her third season of Marlaina’s Kitchen will feature well-known Taranaki people as she takes viewers on a virtual trip through our region. It is due to start screening later this year.

Crowded House 93-99 Devon St E, New Plymouth

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