Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it
I am a young chef filled with creativity and ambition towards bringing my love of food, especially African and Caribbean, to a level of consistency and finesse of Michelin star quality. Developing my own style and tweaks, without losing authenticity, I fuse a range of European techniques and ingredients into African and Caribbean cuisine. I have built my own brand of diaries for the last few years to increase the knowledge and awareness of my love for spice, sweetness and fresh produce combined to produce excellence every time.
List of the Chef's favorite ingredients
How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?
I've been cooking since I was 8 when I made the decision to stop demanding my food and learn to make my own instead. My mum's response was "pardon...stay here and watch what I do.' At the time I thought I'd be in more trouble but it was quite enjoyable as I loved everything about food and trying dishes outside of my Nigerian and British, which were and still are packed with various flavours and aromas. I took this as an opportunity to cook different meals from recipe cards my mum would have and old cookbooks. My grandma also had a massive influence when she was in the UK as she took Nigerian dishes and the few British dishes she liked to another level, there wasn't a dish I didn't like. Authentic, superb, catering to everyone's tastebuds. I was inspired by my increased love for food and making whoever ate the food happy and filled with the love I put into food. I wanted it to be a part of me and something I could do, love to do and share it with everyone I could. As I reached my teens-early adult years I was surrounded by a wide range of Caribbean influences and the intrigue and mixture of history with flavours and dishes made Caribbean food another part of my food journey. So I started fusing both African and Caribbean dishes to bring both strong and bold cuisines together and balance the melody of each dish created to resonate and be both visually and orally exquisite. I have carried out catering for a variety of events; for music video shoots, weddings, events, BBQs, and birthdays.
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D's Chef Diaries (Self-Employed)
Head Chef (Aug 2012-Now)
Working as the Head Chef at DCD, leading the creative direction regarding menu and execution of fusion dishes, through pop up restaurants (supper clubs), catering events and meal prep services.
London, United Kingdom
Travel: 500 kms