Lope Ariyo is the next big star of African Food as she wins the amazing competition by Reg Magazine and HarperCollins which consists of a major big deal and national exposure. Her unique recipes which are a combination of eclectic Nigerian flavours and European influences. Her passion and enthusiasm were a hit with the judges (Who’s For Dinner’s very own Ronke Lawal being one of them) and her food on the day really was delicious.
“Despite having been tasting dishes all day at the judging session we all found room to devour her perfect lamb curry, sweet and sticky hibiscus chicken and flaky, rich tilapia. Lopè feels like an exciting new face in food, someone who knows how to turn everyday ingredients into something extraordinary, and who has the drive to bring Nigerian-inspired food to a wider UK audience.” – Pip McCormac, lifestyle director of Red Magazine.
“We all thought Lopè’s food was exceptional and Lopè’s food writing is wonderful. We’re hugely looking forward to working with her to produce what we think will be a brilliant book”. – Grace Cheetham, publishing director at HarperCollins.
This is an exciting time for African cuisine to breakthrough and make an impact across The UK and ultimately the world. The PR drive behind this competition and Lope’s success means that food from across the continent will finally be given the exposure it deserves. Congratulations to Lope and well done to the team behind this competition.
Quotes taken from The Bookseller.