Trini 'Super Wings' lady flying high in NY
Trinidad-born Colette Burnett, owner of Super Wings NY, recently accepted the "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from Borough President Marty Markowitz at the 7th Annual Caribbean-American Heritage Month Economic Development Power Networking Brunch at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York, USA.
"It's an honour to accept the Entrepreneur of the Year Award; I built the business on a wing and a prayer and I am grateful for the overwhelming support," stated Colette Burnett.
She continued, "I am even more thankful to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Business Solutions, Roy Hastick (president of the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce), my family, staff and most of all our customers.
"This award really belongs to my family, supporters, and my 20 full- and part-time staff and the Super Wings customers who continuously provide unyielding support to our business."
"Colette Burnett is a true Brooklyn success story—launching Super Wings NY on a 'wing' and a prayer and turning it into a thriving eatery serving up delicious wings the Daily News voted the Best of New York.
More importantly, Colette has created jobs and employed residents in the Crown Heights and East Flatbush communities. I like to call myself a 'proud Trini', but Colette is the real deal—and all of Brooklyn congratulates her on her success," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz stated.
Super Wings was actually a second career for Burnett, who after spending a decade working as a business banker decided to turn her craving into a business.
She opened Super Wings NY in the midst of a recession just three years ago. Since then Brooklyn-based Super Wings NY:
• Expanded the business. — There is the original location in Crown Heights, a second in East Flatbush and a third slated to open later this year in Carnarsie.
• Threw down with an Iron Chef: Won the Food Network Thrown Down with Iron Chef Bobby Flay.
• Won over customers: Voted "Best Wings In Brooklyn" and placed third in the "Restaurant Sauce Off" creative spicy category at the10th Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.
Burnett has the secret ingredient for success. She tapped into an industry that is hot—in more ways than one. It turns out the wing business is thriving—90 million pounds of wings are sold and consumed just during Super Bowl weekend alone in the United States. And Super Wings is there to satisfy this appetite for wings. In fact, Super Wings serves up wings in ten ten flavours including Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, and Island BBQ, all inspired by Burnett's native Trinidad and Tobago where recipes are a tantalising blend of mainly African, East Indian, Europe, China, Middle East and Mediterranean culinary traditions.