Introducing the world to African cooking Lerato Umah-Shaylor publication with HQ Africana is packed with traditional and innovative African recipes. Lerato a cook, a presenter, a food writer is a leading advocate a star of African cuisine. Her vision has always been to promote a healthy-eating life based on African food and as an entrepreneur she has hosted many supper clubs and cooking classes. Inspired from her time in the kitchen with her parents, traditional cooking is the basis of her ideas and passion into foods of her life.
Building on the work by essense 13 esSense 13 *Africa Food Week - London Edition 20-24 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom we now support London African Food Week (LAFW) which is taking place on Sunday 26th May - Friday 31st May 2019. This event aims to raise the profile and create awareness regarding the nutritional benefits of African food with the goal of celebrating the African food experience in London.
Running a restaurant business is challenging, business rates, employment costs eat into profits and the general market in areas such as London is saturated. So why would you want to start a business in this sector? Well West Africa Cooks believes that even if these facts are true there is an opportunity. There is a demand for African heritage, culture and food. Talented individuals are now catering for this. Read on and then find out what is the secret to successfully launching a restaurant business.
Today's dining experience is no longer just about having great food and drink. It's all about creating unique experiences that the modern day foodie can rave about to their followers and friends by documenting on social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. It's all about differentiation. The modern day chefs and cooks of the generation now have to be aware of this new reality and give their foodie public what they want.
Lopè Ariyo loves devising innovative African recipes. Lopè a rising star of African food, a healthy-eating advocate, a recent math graduate is also a social media expert, photo and video tech-savvy entrepreneur. All of these skills were required plus passion to win her the top prize in the Red magazine and Harper Collins publishing competition 2016. With imagination and inspiration from your heritage, yes you can turn your African cooking skills into a career and business.
Kwame Annom Amfo-Akonnor pitched his local food start up business to an expert panel at Enterprise Africa 2017* for corporate mentorship support which included PR, branding support, social media and digital marketing. He impressed the panel and won top prize. This package was put together by Essence 13 working with Pop Up Africa. So what are the hopes, dreams and challengers of Kwame's startup. Let's find out here is a question and answer session by this enterprising business man.
A lot of hard work, research and thought has gone into producing this cook book. Initially the sumptuous gold colours, design style and layout stand out from other books which make me really like it. It looks and feels like a quality hardback. The Ghanaian Kente *cloth style is used throughout and in the content section divides. Know this Kente has meaning in Africa and the author Zoe Adjonyoh makes us aware of this. She is saying I choose colour and textiles for a reason.
"The continent of Africa has such a diverse food offering" say Zoe Adjonyoh who at the forefront of shaking things up in the UK foodie scene has now published a cook book called Zoe's Ghana Kitchen.
Here is a q&a from Carine Ottou, the Cameroonian chef who founded Inspiring Chefs, co-hosting the sold out *Soul Makoss a pop-up at The Pill Box in Bethnal Green with **Eat Off The Menu.
Where are your family from?
I was born in Cameroon and moved to France at age 14.
What African country do you visit the most and why should other people visit that country?
It's GhanaBeTasty, it's going to be special too. Billed as a five course taste tour of Zoe's Ghanaian cookbook, Zoe Adjonyoh's supperclub was tasty and it was fun. We do like the magical atmosphere under the low level lighting, feels like your eating inside a themed wonderland tent. If you are going to book a meal at the south London venue anticipate that you are in for a great night, dinning on traditional African cuisine. Very cosy. Here is our review of our evening.