Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, More Wicked Than The Rest!
More wicked than the rest!
After traveling to America Owner Norris Barr started cooking at various Jamaican Restaurants. It was not until he moved to Washington, DC where he met an old Rastafarian man. This “Rasta” taught him the art of cooking authentic Caribbean dishes. From that time, Norris fell in love. His love grew when customers expressed to him how good the food is to them.
From there, Norris started taking cooking very seriously. His love grew more and more! He decided he would become "More Wicked than the Rest". Meaning he wanted to be better than anybody else when it came to his passion. Preparing authentic Jamaican cuisine.
After spending several more years in D.C Norris moved to Killeen, TX. While dining at a local restaurant he met a man who asked Him, "What he did? Norris, let the man know that he is a cook. Norris invited him to his home to enjoy one of his dishes. The man agreed and they broke bread. After one bite, the man was convinced he wanted to open a restaurant with Norris.
From there Chef Ras and his newfound business partner opened their restaurant, which was his first establishment. After some time, Chef Ras decided to go his way to pursue his dream of owning his restaurant. Chef Ras worked as a freelancer cooking at events, clubs, bars, storefronts YOU NAME IT! Chef Ras was building his brand and getting his authentic taste out.
After a year, Ras found a location to call his OWN. However, he spent a traditional 8 months getting the establishment up and running. Known today as Ras Kitchen located 515 S. 2nd St. Killeen, TX 76541
Chef Ras and Ras Kitchen have participated in over 30 events in Killeen.
Participating in the Annual Caribbean Afr-Can fest since 2015. Ras Kitchen was pleased to be able to become a sponsor most recently in 2019 as well as, participating in the event as a vendor. He’s participated in City chamber events for Killeen and Harker heights and more. Such as the Harker Heights Wine Festival sponsored by HEB. To add, Ras Kitchen has sponsored different children’s and youth programs in the community.
He has also gained a new dynamic customer base from his time operating in the local City Mall. Being the 1st Caribbean and black own restaurant in the food court was a great establishment for Ras Kitchen. While third party delivering services such as waitr and uber eats arrived in Killeen and surrounding areas like Harker Heights, Fort Hood, and Copperas Cove. RasKitchen was the 1st Caribbean restaurant to offer services through them. Lastly, he had been a part of organizing and hosting entertainment gatherings in multiple cities in the state of Texas like Dallas and San Antonio other than Killeen the local roots he has established in Texas. He has donated food and services on various occasions through the years. His most recent charitable event “The Big Give Back” was a successful event feeding over 70 people in Killeen’s homeless community.
Wherever you may recognize Ras he is always humble and genuine in his demeanor. He lives with his heart and loves through his food. - Emilie Wright
ABOUT CHEF RAS
CEO and Founder Norris Barr was born into poverty in Kingston, Jamaica he is the oldest of 7 children 4 girls 3 boys all raised by single mothers and grandmothers. Norris developed a love for cooking at a tender age while cooking with friends for "running a boat" a Jamaican term for a "pot luck".
"Friends would gather ingredients to make a dish so we all could eat.," says Norris.
Who is Norris
Norris considers himself to be committed, determine resilient man!
He is, a wonderful loving son. You can just feel how he brightens up his mother’s day. He is a great role model for his siblings. He is, an amazing father! He is raising strong, disciplined passionate children. He is, a youthful grandfather! He is, full of life when around his grandchildren.
He has instilled guidance and skills in many people just by his natural energy, beliefs, and encouragements.
He is more than a great cook!!
Ras Kitchen is NOW!, located downtown Temple, this provides us with great access to interstate 35 connecting us with other cities within and outside Bell County. We now offer a Jamaican resort-style fine dining experience. Chef Ras has expanded his menu to an intensive seafood catalog to include items like whole lobster, soft shell crab, whole shrimp, and more. Enjoy traditional favorites like Escovitch Fish now served on lobsters. Not only did we expanded the menu, but we also have increased the line of services to now include event venue rentals, reservations, and events of up to 250 people. Located in a newly renovated historic building.
Visit us today!
17 S. Main Street Temple, TX 76501.