House of Chefs, a brand-new African-grown cooking show, was recently launched as a career-changing opportunity for young chefs.
The cooking reality show, premiered on Honey TV and DSTV on August 13, 2021, features Uganda’s Sheilah Gashumba as the host and South African celebrity chef, Siba Mtongana as the renowned host judge.
Eight young trainee chefs from Ghana, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia are competing for a coveted internship at Chef Siba’s self-titled restaurant and a $5,000 cash prize.
To win, the eight contestants must fight to impress Chef Siba with their skill, wit and creativity in the kitchen.
Representing Ghana is Joseph Odoom, a Pastry Chef who is inspired by local African indigenous ingredients, cuisine and culture.
“It’s all about introducing the world to African flavours mostly Ghanaian through Afro-fusion meals by elevating them to fine dining standards and telling the stories behind them,” he says.
Joseph also has a passion for the pastry arts with lots of elevation of African ingredients into fine dining restaurant quality desserts.
The 26-year-old, who describes himself as calm, approachable and disciplined, studied Hospitality Administration and Management at Takoradi Technical University (TTU).
He started his Pastry Chef career at Holiday Inn as an Intern. He later became a Demi Pastry Chef at Villamonticello Boutique Hotel, and then an Executive Chef at Puffs Gh.
Joseph currently works as a freelance Pastry Chef and Sous Chef at Dine On A Mat and Fulani Kitchen.
According to Joseph, his mother is his biggest food influence. “She was quite adventurous around food… She was always trying to new for us to have on Sunday lunch,” he said on Honey TV.
He revealed that he entered House of Chefs for the exposure, the opportunity to meet different chefs from different parts of the continent, and show that pastry chefs have a lot of potentials.
“There’s a technicality, there’s chemistry, there’s a science to it and I’m going to bring out a lot of my ideas that I know and I believe that will bring change to the pastry scene,” he said.
Joseph Odoom, however, is confident that he will win the competition and is ready to do his utmost best to impress the judges to ensure that he is adjudged winner in the end.
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