Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know


Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Without a doubt, one of our favorite meals is Nigerian food. Nigerian chefs are under increasing pressure to impress diners by challenging, surprising, and challenging them. The two-dimensional challenge of making a dish that looks good and tastes good is no longer the only aspect of cooking. It has developed into a platform where the most talented, creative, and innovative people can let their imaginations run wild.

In essence, a new revolution is taking place in Nigerian kitchens, and food is no longer just about taste. In response, a new generation of Nigerian chefs has emerged, building menus that are shattering barriers of tradition and specializing in creating new sensations. 

These foodies demonstrate how the Nigerian menu has the potential to provide the ultimate intimate experience in addition to pushing it in uncomfortable and foreign directions.

More than a million people will have posted pictures of their lunch by the time you finish reading this article.  Okay, so it's not exactly true, but it's very, very likely.

We are, after all, in the era of the foodie, and if you aren't on board yet, this post will convince you to join in. There are a lot of chefs out there right now, but these five are on our radar because we want to get involved and they all seem to be in love with food.


Here are Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs you need to know

1. Fregene Gbubemi

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Born in Benin City, Gbugbemi attended Olashore School there before enrolling at Covenant University. With a bachelor's in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, he earned his degree in 2008. With his glitzy expertise in both French and Nigerian cuisine, Gbugbemi Fregene, also known as "Chef Fregs," is unquestionably the best chef in Nigeria. He is zealous about the presentation of sweet-tasting food, which is what drew him to the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Paris to further his culinary education.

Chef Fregs emphasized that he had humble beginnings as a suya vendor and that he had succeeded through hard work, being kind to others, seeking knowledge, and producing quality rather than quantity. Chef Fregs is currently well-known in the Nigerian food industry, where he participates in competitions like Knorr Taste Quest and earns lucrative endorsement deals.


2. Tunde Wey

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

A passionate supporter of his homeland, its cuisine, and its culture, this young chef. He is self-taught, eschewing affluent celebrity chefs and pricey cooking schools. At the age of 16, he immigrated to the United States. Later, he worked as a Wendy's server while attending college and teaching West African dance. He and his former roommate Peter Dalinowski started the Revolver, an avant-garde restaurant concept, after moving to Detroit to live with his aunt. The restaurant begins service with a changing roster of chefs, as suggested by its name.

In April 2014, Wey embarked on a tour of these American cities: Chicago, Buffalo, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York City, where he served as a guest chef at prestigious restaurants and hosted Nigerian-themed dinners. After the New York Times recognized him, they decided to make a documentary about his love of cooking. His motivation stems from the desire to diversify the culinary world and alter how the world perceives Nigerian cuisine in general.


3. Alex Oke

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Alex, a chef who is both Russian and Nigerian, has a love for bread, pastries, and sweets. Chef Alex Oke, who is based in Lagos, is passionate about bread, pastries, and sweets. He studied cooking at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, Canada, and is proficient in both traditional and modern French cuisine.

It's no secret that Alex Oke has a passion for the culinary and pastry arts. He currently resides in Lagos where he runs the XO Boutique Bakery and teaches at the Lagos Culinary Academy.

While Alex attempts to live and work within the farm to table philosophy and draws inspiration from local and seasonal produce, his methods demonstrate that contemporary culinary innovation. To create what he refers to as "gentrified Nigerian food," he experiments with Nigerian dishes, fusing them with European and Asian influences. He does this by using a combination of technique and sensual experience.


 4. Ozoz Sokoh

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Ozoz Sokoh, also known as the "Kitchen Butterfly," describes herself as a "Traveller by lens and plate.". Her greatest passion is food fusion. She is a writer and food explorer who has spent the last few years documenting African cuisine. With the aim of bringing traditional Nigerian cooking to the level of fine dining, she has a talent for transforming Nigerian meals into delightful culinary adventures.

Since then, she has gained notoriety for both her difficult and unique recipes. Ozoz founded "The New Nigerian Kitchen," a platform that celebrates Nigerian cuisine by reimagining and representing Nigerian food, uncovering history, exchanging techniques, using traditional ingredients in novel ways, and putting an emphasis on produce that is in season, in the hopes that it will encourage other chefs to be more creative and spur the local food and restaurant industry to expand. She thinks that modernizing time-tested dishes will ensure that those customs live on and are passed down from generation to generation.


5. Benedict Okozu

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

In order to produce exquisite dishes, Benedict Okozu, an expert in Italian cuisine, combines his Nigerian heritage with his education in the field. Le Cordon Bleu Firenze and Bologna's Carpiagiani University were both attended by Chef Okozu. He developed his skills in the art of cooking here.


6. Tomi Makanjuola

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

The Vegan Nigerian is a space for foodies seeking culinary adventure to experience the food and culture of Nigeria with a vegan twist. It was founded and is maintained by a writer, food blogger, and chef of Nigerian descent who currently calls London home. 

In this section, she creates and publishes a variety of vegan menus that are either'veganized' versions of traditional dishes or creative uses of well-known Nigerian ingredients. Tomi's recipes highlight the vibrant and colorful flavors of traditional and modern Nigerian food, and they undoubtedly reflect her love of fusion and vegan cuisine. Some of her recipes have appeared on websites like One Green Planet and the BBC. The title of her book is Nice Cream.


7. Abiola Akanji

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Abiola Akanji, also known as "Chef Stone," is a famous Nigerian chef, author, and online media personality. She was born on January 29, 1983. One of Nigeria's most well-known celebrity chefs, he has led master classes at the GT Bank Food and Drink Fair and frequently serves as a guest judge on cooking contests like Oando's "Teens Can Cook."

Additionally, he established the Red Dish Chronicles culinary academy.


8. Tolu Erogbogbo

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Possibly Nigeria's best chef is Tolu Erogbogbo, also known as Chef Eros. In addition to having started Cookies Jar Bakeries, he currently serves as Chef Eros and Gourmet Foods' Chief Executive. He has established himself as one of the best in West Africa thanks to his solid business sense and refined culinary skills. At the GT Bank Food and Drink Fair, he has served as a mentor to aspiring young chefs. His bakery specializes in cakes and pastries for every occasion.


9. Michael Elegbede

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Michael Ade Elegbede got his start in the kitchen at a very young age by assisting his mother and grandmother in running their family-run restaurant. While assisting in the kitchen when he was young, he discovered his passion. At Chicago's Alliance Bakery, he began his professional culinary training before going back to school to further his education.

He studied culinary arts at the California-based Culinary Institute of America Greystone, from which he received his degree. He continued to work in prestigious eateries across America, including the illustrious Eleven Madison Park Restaurant in New York.

Nigerians adore Michael Elegbede because of his culinary expertise. He travels the nation, cooking the specialties of the region in which he is, garnering a great deal of support from all corners of the nation. He has vowed to re-discover our undiscovered tastes, ingredients, and culinary traditions.


10. Rapahel Duntoye

Top 10 Best Nigerian Chefs You Need to Know

Raphael Duntoye worked with Pierre Koffman at the three-Michelin-star La Tante Claire for five years before becoming a Chef Patron at La Petite Maison. He is a Koffman protege, studying the historical roles of British cuisine, and he works with other top chefs like Michel Roux Jr., Tom Akeins, Ramsey Gordon, and Marcus Wareing. French cuisines are well-known to Raphael Duntoye. He gave up a promising engineering career to pursue his long-held ambition of becoming a world-class chef.

He received his culinary training at Butlers Wharf Chef School in the UK and worked as an Executive Sous chef at Sketch in the affluent Mayfair neighborhood. Later, he worked as a Senior Sous Chef at the Japanese restaurant Zuma in London's most affluent neighborhood, Knightsbridge. This chef is the owner of La Petite Maison, which has locations in Dubai, Miami, and Abu Dhabi.

A Christianna Foundation was later established in Nigeria by Chef Raphael to raise funds for the renovation of the educational system and the provision of essential amenities.


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