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.
African and Caribbean people in the diaspora looking to start a business or enter the food (popups, supperclubs and restaurant) sector should especially read about Omolara Tayo-Sobajo a British-Nigerian Entrepreneur. You should then share her story and follower her. We need more strong female characters in business that can become icons to the young Africans on the continent of Africa and children of Africa descent around the world. We need to give the next generation, the growing population of the future positive ideas, people and leaders to aspire to. Please read on.
African food is no longer just about cooking jollof rice, we are now in the midst of serious entrepreneurs expanding culinary ideas and turning African food into a serious business. The global African food movement is everywhere, today we touch down in the Netherlands and invite you to meet Ebere Akadiri founder of Atarofoods.com. Ataro foods provide training and advisory on West African foods, consulting in restaurant development, and help develop a food processing supply chain for organisations interested in market developments in West Africa.
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.
I have a lot of Nigerian friends and not one of them has ever baked anything for me when I showed up at their door. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that there exists an indigenous dry confectionery mix market in Nigeria! I was curious to find out more and also baffled at my own ignorance. I have always professed that African people don't really do the whole oven baking thing but that's a lie. It is because I don't know how to bake and find that it is easy to blame it on others. Perhaps my Nigerian friends bake for their children and chose to only cook Egusi Soup for me.
Real opportunities exist for African entrepreneurs in the food industry, but turning ideas into businesses is hard work requiring detailed planning, motivation and a long term vision. On Sunday 2nd October 2016 I visited the OniDodo autumn Supper Club to see what turning a vision into business venture is all about. Here is the story of the evening and the questions and answer with Dare who is one to pave the way for the next generation.
Exactly a year ago, I had a vision to 'Bring Nigerian Street Food To A Global Market' and proudly launched Tee's Food Corner at the 'African Food and Drink Takeover at Africa Utopia, Southbank. It was such an amazing feeling to have so many people from all different cultures and walks of life enjoying some of our delicious street food that I grew up eating. This year, due to popular demand, we are adding the beloved Jollof Rice and other equally delicious meals to our menu alongside our street food offerings.
London’s biggest African inspired shopping experience returns to the Capital on Monday bank holiday 30th May which is Spring Bank Holiday at the starting time of 10:00am. Africa at Spitalfields has fast become a popular feature on the calendar of the globally famous Spitalfields, the success of this free event has brought it into its fourth year. Africa at Spitalfields 2016 visitors can expect to be thrilled by this vibrant celebration of African culture as the Spitalfields traders market is transformed to provide a taste of the exotic.
Thinking of writing a book? Well if you can cook African, Caribbean or Southern food here are three reasons why you should start to write down, document and collect your recipes.
Ask a British person for their favourite place to have a meal out, and they are just as likely to name a Chinese or an Indian restaurant as a fish and chip shop. But nowadays food from other parts of the world is becoming very fashionable in the United Kingdom - including cuisine from Africa. West Africa Cooks have discovered that there are plenty of tasty and authentic African foods in London as supper club restaurateurs are helping to develop a positive image of Africa in the minds of the city's diners.