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Adwoa Hagan-Mensah Expands The UK’s First African Fine Dining Food Brand

When the world thinks of fine-dining, African food is not often at the top of the list of cuisines to be considered, something which Ghana-Born Adwoa Hagan-Mensah wants to change. Since showcasing her talents on BBC2’s The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc in 2012, Adowa has been on a mission to let the world know about the immense potential of West African cuisine in the fine dining space.

Adwoa Hagan-Mensah

Whilst at university, Adwoa found herself struggling financially, so she started her first business cooking and delivering food to fellow students to make ends meet. She started cooking British favourites and would occasionally throw in some West African staples but soon realised that students from all over the world had a real appetite for the Ghanaian and West African dishes. This gave her the courage to start London’s first Ghanaian street food stall, Jollof Pot with her husband at Broadway Market in Hackney almost 15 years ago. At the very beginning of the street food revolution in London Jollof Pot was attempting to bring West African food to a mainstream European audience. The stall now named aptly after its popular dish ‘Spinach & Agushi’ has street stands at Portobello Road (Notting Hill), Exmouth Market (Farringdon) and Broadway Market – (Hackney) with many other African supper clubs and food vendors bucking the trend.

From her humble beginnings with the food stall Adwoa, went on to found what is now a highly successful luxury catering company Eat Jollof London which specialises in corporate events and weddings. By producing luxury catering and fine dining cuisines Eat Jollof is paving the way for West African Food to be given the Michelin star treatment in years to come.

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Adwoa has established The Ghana Supper Club based in Kent, an intimate fine ding experiencer for 12-15 lucky diners book to sit together to sample a 5 course Ghanaian inspired meal. ‘The market for a fine dining offering of contemporary West African cuisine in London is virtually untouched. Yet there are West African socialites and professionals that are screaming out for a high end dining experience that they can take their partners, friends, and associates to, knowing that the standard of food and service will not only match that of some of the best European dining establishments in London, but also exceed them.’ – Adwoa Hagan-Mensah.

Adwoa wants the world to taste African food and for it to be as widely embraced in the same way that other global cuisines have been embraced across the world.

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Ikoyi London West African Restaurant To Open In London

Ikoyi London, formerly a London based pop-up restaurant, will be launching a permanent site in St James’ Market in South West London, in June 2017.  Founded by Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale, Ikoyi London is set to bring a much needed taste of West Africa to West London. Inspired by Hassan-Odukale’s Nigerian heritage the pair will be creating a menu steeped in Nigerian and West African culture and will focus on Jollof Cuisine, using ingredients like ground melon seeds, fermented locust beans and dried crayfish not often seen in mainstream British restaurants. We’re also hoping they won’t forget to include plantain on the menu too!

“Ikoyi will interpret West African ingredients and cooking, linking it to its roots and influences. We believe this will give rise to a new kind of cuisine, one that is applicable to a wider, global audience. Our objective is ultimately to create delicious food, but underlying this is a greater ambition, to understand and develop our perspective of West African food and its origins.” – Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan, Co-Founders of Ikoyi London.

Ikoyi London Founders

Who’s For Dinner can’t wait for the restaurant to launch and wishes the pair the best of luck!

https://ikoyilondon.com/

BILBAO TO HOST THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS AWARDS IN 2018

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards To Be Hosted in Bilbao in 2018

BILBAO TO HOST THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS AWARDS IN 2018

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has today announced that its 2018 awards and event program will take place in the Basque region of Spain, with its flagship ceremony hosted in the city of Bilbao. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is working in partnership with the Government of Biscay to bring its prestigious events to a region of Spain celebrated for its outstanding gastronomy.

BILBAO TO HOST THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS AWARDS IN 2018

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The 2018 location marks a return to Europe for the world’s most important annual gourmet gathering, after hugely successful editions in Australia this year and in New York in 2016. The move to Spain is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ global tour, which it kicked off in 2016 following 13 years of the awards being held in the UK.

“We are delighted to be moving to the Basque region of Spain, and to be working with the Government of Biscay, on our 2018 edition of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. As a country, Spain has long been at the forefront of gastronomy and the Basque region, in particular, has an incredibly rich culinary culture. The area around Bilbao and San Sebastian is famous for its concentration of outstanding restaurants – ranging from internationally acclaimed destinations to its renowned pintxos bars – making it one of the world’s great food destinations.” William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ annual announcement is a true celebration of global gastronomy, bringing together a unique community of visionaries across the culinary landscape. The awards are based on the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community.

In 2018, the main awards ceremony will take place in Bilbao, the capital of the Bizkaia province in northern Spain, famous for its food culture, its regional autonomy and the landmark Guggenheim Museum. Associated events that form part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants program (such as 50BestTalks and the Chefs’ Feast) will also take place in other locations within the wider Basque region, including nearby San Sebastian, which is home to the Basque Culinary Center.

The region currently boasts four restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list: Asador Etxebarri in Axpe (No.6), Mugaritz near San Sebastian (No.9), Arzak in San Sebastian (No.30) and Azurmendi near Bilbao (No.38). Furthermore, Nerua – located within the Guggenheim in Bilbao – appears on the 51-100 list at No.56, while Martin Berasategui in nearby Lasarte-Oria is ranked No.77. In the 15-year history of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Spain as a whole has been very strongly represented with both El Bulli and El Celler de Can Roca topping the list to be named The World’s Best Restaurant on a number of occasions. Both Mugaritz and Arzak have featured in the elite group of 50 for over a decade.

The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.

To see more details on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit www.theworlds50best.com/the-academy/