Chef Deji avatar
Chef Deji
Bringing the spice of Africa to your home

Deji is your 4.8 star chef in London, for hire to cook African & American & BBQ cuisines. Deji is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!

Share:

EXPERIENCES PROVIDED

Private Chef

Cooking Class

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

  • fresh herbs
  • spices
  • garlic
  • wine
  • fresh fish
  • lamb
  • duck

Cuisines

  • African
  • American
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • European

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Corporate Event
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

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.

Ranking

  • Professional

Trainings

No description provided.

Work Experience

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.

Location

London, United Kingdom
Travel: 500 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Moderate
      Full refund up to 1 week before the event, 50% refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
    4.83
    Reviews from Foodies:
    #
    Tom
    5.0
    September 2017
    great chef, will book again.
    #
    Latoya
    5.0
    August 2017
    All together a great experience. I wanted to create a special lunch for my husband on our 1st anniversary at the building site of our new home. I was worried that we could not get a superb meal served hot without a functioning kitchen but Chef Deji made it happen. We had a fabulous lunch. The food was amazing and the service exceptional…no request was too big. Highly highly recommended.
    #
    Indy
    5.0
    March 2017
    Augmented Vegan Spice Menu: (addition of fish pepper soup, and baked caramelised chicken with a switch to the chinchin cheesecake) Deji's food speaks for itself but we were very grateful to hear a little about his journey and inspiration behind his dishes. The fine dining presentation of familiar African flavours with a gourmet twist was truly a delight! There was plenty of food, with good sized portions, seconds on offer and he left us spare portions which didn't last long! Aside from his amazing cuisine. Deji was punctual, well organised and very professional. This was an informal dinner party as a surprise for my wife's birthday and was the first dinner party we've hosted where I felt free of the kitchen and where entertaining was a relaxing experience! No clear up afterwards either as he'd left the kitchen cleaner and tidier than when he'd arrived! Awesome experience that my wife and I are still raving about a week on, to whomever will listen! Highly recommend Deji & hoping to try more of his food at one of his popups soon!
    #
    lodo
    4.8
    January 2017
    Chef Deji and his sous chef were brilliant and cooked a fantastic meal. No one was left hungry as the portions were copious. With 4 excited kids to put to bed before dinner, Chef Deji was flexible and understanding an adapted the timing of the courses accordingly. The jerk poussin was the highlight we thought, although the ox tail stew was also delicious and all the deserts were a great success. All in all a lovely night, thank you chef.
    #
    Gustav
    4.5
    August 2016
    Very unique and high quality dishes. Deji is very nice and professional. Happy to recommend to anyone looking for a west-african food experience.
    #
    Rosie
    4.7
    August 2016
    I attended Chef Deji's pop-up, it was amazing. There was a plethora of food, no one went hungry! When we arrived there were sharing platters on the table, followed by starters, main and then dessert, each with large portions, no one went hungry. His jerk chicken wings were the best I've ever tasted! Deji also gave a speech about how he became a Chef. Overall a lovely guy with a great talent.
    YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY
    Live help
    live chat agents