On this episode of Third Culture Africans, I share my story of starting a food business in Nigeria instead of accepting a job with the BBC, my experience as a TV chef to growing a community in the UK with our cookery school, supperclubs and now taking things global with fine food products, all with the intention of sharing African food far and wide.
ABOUT “PASSION ON A PLATE”: AFRICAN FOOD
Lerato Umah-Shaylor is passionate about celebrating African food traditions with the world. In her career as a food journalist, TV chef, and cookery school owner, she has championed African dishes and made them accessible to her/ audience. She discusses how she does this through the available kitchen equipment and adjusting the recipes.
Hear her thought processes behind different business decisions she’s made during her career. Everything has been done with the intention to celebrate and start discussions around Africa’s culinary tradition. Lerato celebrates food’s ability to nurture and create relationships with others.
Highlights of the episode:
- How people view the role of professional chef and cook (1:48)
- Her passion for sharing her love of food with others (6:14)
- About the perceived “bastardization” of African cuisine by non-African influencers (22:20)
- Why sharing information about African recipes is important to Lerato (24:33)
- When Lerato Umah-Shaylor decided cooking was her career; being inquisitive about food and cooking from a young age (27:25)
- Talking about her online cooking courses and making the pivot due to COVID-19 (41:08)
- Adjusting the preparation to make sense for different palates (58:02)