Ghanaian chefs are making huge impacts in the culinary world with their creativity in cooking. A lot of them are focusing on making Ghanaian and African foods that we enjoy to be known and appreciated in other parts of the world.
Today, we are highlight six talented Ghanaian chefs who are making a name for themselves in the culinary world. Check them out:
She was born in England to a Ghanaian father and an Irish mother. Zoe taught herself to cook Ghanaian foods, and started her restaurant in East London. She has since run pop-up restaurants in different London venues as well as in other places, including Berlin and New York.
Although she had started making and selling Ghanaian food in order to fund her MA degree in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, her tutor suggested that focusing on her business might be a better way into writing the memoir she was working on. She launched her book Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen in 2017.
Elijah Amoo Addo
Elijah Amoo Addo is a chef and food stylist who has become a social entrepreneur through his creation of Food for All Africa. Established in 2014, Food for All Africa is a nonprofit social enterprise that operates West Africa’s first community food support centre. The organization uses advocacy and a food-sharing mobile phone app to feed thousands of vulnerable children through food recovery and redistribution.
In 2017, Elijah was awarded a Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his contribution towards the reforming of Ghana’s food distribution system to reduce waste, overcome hunger, and alleviate poverty and malnutrition. He was named among the 2017 100 Most Influential Young Africans, and also received a Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award from the Takeda Foundation in 2018.
Maame Boakye has over a decade of industry experience from well-respected establishments. Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Chef Maame moved to New York City at a young age where her new environment and acquaintances exposed her to all of the cultures and cuisines the city has to offer. She has incorporated these tastes and ingredients into her own cooking, developing a flair for Afro-Caribbean and fusions in between.
In May 2019, her popup and underground dining project W.A.R LLC representing Ghana, won “Best at the Fare Savoury” at the famous The World Fare, in New York, consisting of 100 different restaurants from all around the world. Chef Maame is also a Food Network USA “Chopped” champion.
Her first restaurant GHastro opened in February 2020 in the heart of East Legon, Ghana. The GHastro menu is specially curated to showcase the versatility of the cooking style of Chef Maame, with a combination of traditional West Africa, and modern continental.
Selassie Atadika celebrates Africa’s culinary heritage through ‘New African Cuisine’. Her definition of ‘New African Cuisine’ is where culture, community and cuisine intersect with sustainability, economy and environment. The led to her founding Midunu, a nomadic, pioneering dining enterprise.
She is also a founding member of Trio Toque, the first nomadic restaurant in Dakar.
Kwame Annom Amfo-Akonnor (Biishville)
Biishville is known for promoting African food and flavours by modifying and presenting existing traditional recipes in a modern way; creating entirely new recipes and sharing them through its monthly pop up dining experiences and private catering.
He was listed among Kuulpeeps’ 2017 Emergers.
Joseph Odoom is a young and vibrant hospitality management person inspired by local African indigenous ingredients, cuisine and culture. He focuses on 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 also has a passion for the pastry arts with lots of elevation of African ingredients into fine dining restaurant quality desserts.
Joseph is currently competing in “House of Chefs”, a brand-new African-grown cooking reality show, which features Uganda’s Sheilah Gashumba as the host and South African celebrity chef, Siba Mtongana as the renowned host judge.
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