September 26, 2022
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Keeping up with Chef Gabi of Afro Meals and Her Culinary Journey

“I am a huge fan of inclusivity; I believe African food should be represented and known around the world” – Chef Gabi Odebode, Founder of Afro Meals. Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, and how you transitioned into the world of food.  My name is Gabi Odebode, I was born and raised in Ghana. I am married to an amazing Nigerian man. I got into the world of food in an unconventional way. My initial goal was to become a doctor. During my master’s program, I started a side hustle where I was catering and making products for […]
June 14, 2022

Changing the Lagos Foodscape One Pastry at a Time: Alex Oke of XO Bakery

Chef Alex Oke is the Russian-Nigerian co-owner of XO Boutique Bakery, an ambient boutique bakery in the heart of Victoria Island, Lagos! It features the best of both worlds of rich french pastry – traditional and modern! In this interview, we uncover whether he prefers Smoked Salmon Bagels to Chocolate Chip Cookies on the menu, his kryptonite 😉, plans for the future and more…   Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, and how you got into the world of food in the first place? My name is Alex Oke, and my background is in business management and marketing/branding. […]
February 12, 2022
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Naija-Mex Cuisine: Uzo of El Padrino’s Legacy

Uzo Umeh, founder of El Padrino’s, a Nigerian-Mexican fusion pop-up restaurant in Lagos, famous for their legendary Taco Tuesdays. She tells us about the origin of El Padrino’s, her love for both Nigerian and Mexican food; and future plans for the movement of ‘Naija-Mex’ cuisine.   Tell me a bit about yourself.  My name is Uzoamaka Umeh, I grew up in California and I am the last born in a legendary family of 5. I enjoy the outdoors, bringing people together, and talking (a lot). Why did you decide to transition into the food business from being an events producer?  […]
December 12, 2020
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Interview with Tii Tea over a Cup of Tea

Over a cup of tea, we had a chat with Mayokun Braithwaite, founder and owner of a local Nigerian tea brand known as Tii Tea – the Yoruba enunciation for the English word ‘Tea’.  Mayokun tells Foodie in Lagos about her and her family’s love for tea and how it influenced her decision to start her own organically sourced and carefully crafted flavours.     Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Mayokun Braithwaite and I’m a Lawyer and consultant. I’ve always loved tea, but I started brewing casually last year and it became a more serious venture during […]
November 14, 2020
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Chef Sahara on Memories of Ethiopia, and Sharing her Culture in Nigeria

Chef Sahara Sintayo-Obende tells us about Memories of Ethiopia Lagos – a pop-up restaurant for Ethiopian food in Lagos, her journey into creating Memories of Ethiopia, her love for her traditional Ethiopian cuisine, and future plans for the pop-up restaurant in Lagos, Nigeria.  Sahara Sintayo is an indigene of Ethiopia who is passionate about sharing her culture and it’s food with people, Tell us a bit about yourself  My name is Sahara Sintayo. I’m from Ethiopia, grew up in Kenya and I’m married to a Nigerian. My background is in Computer Science, from which I migrated to advertising and branding, […]
October 31, 2020
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Chef Michael Elegbede on Ìtàn Test Kitchen in Lagos and Promoting Nigerian Food

A highly passionate chef whose loyalties lie with discovering and redefining Nigerian cuisine, Chef Michael Elegbede is the owner and executive Chef of Ìtàn, a test kitchen in Lagos, Nigeria. Chef Elegbede has a passion for sustainable feeding and scaling Nigerian cuisine to a global level. He tells us at Foodie in Lagos about his impressive background in the culinary arts, what drives his creativity, and his journey so far.   Tell us a bit about yourself?  My name is Michael Elegbede, and I’ve been cooking for a large part of my life because I grew up in a food family. […]
September 5, 2020
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Sugarcane Restaurant Lagos, Rice, & Paked: Yanate Banigo, The Mind Behind It All

From Rice – an unconventional approach to fast, casual dining – Nigerian Rice Bowl, to Sugarcane Lagos that serves you breakfast all day, every day to meal kits that help you recreate your favourite recipes at home, Yanate Banigo’s catalogue of food businesses is a big wheel in the industry.   We got a chance to sit down and have a chat with her about her passion for food, her experience running several food businesses in Lagos, and what the future plans are.   Ed Note: We love to see people following their passion and doing the damn thing so quietly.  Tell […]
August 14, 2020
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Lagos and the Myth of Seamless Food Delivery

Lagos Food Delivery Living in Lagos is not easy and neither is feeding in Lagos. If you’re like me who doesn’t like to cook, then you probably order takeout a lot. Thankfully, there are many services to fill that need but like many things in Lagos, it can be frustrating. We spoke to some Lagosians- vendors and customers alike- about the logistical and customer care nightmares that make them want to rip their hair out.  For Rotimi, (@chez_ro) a chef who cooks out of his kitchen, it took a while for him to hack the food delivery service in Lagos.   […]

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