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             Lerato Umah-Shaylor Bio

Lerato is a cookery writer and TVpresenter bringing African foods to a global table through her vibrant recipes, immersive supper clubs and masterclasses.

Inspired by her love for Africa and the glorious foods of the continent, and at a time when African food was far from being a trendy topic, she founded a cookery school to educate and inspire cooks to invite these vibrant flavours into their homes.

Her unique style of effortlessly marrying cultures has attracted food lovers and celebrity chefs as guests at her table and global brands for whom she consults, teaches and develops recipes.             

“African cooking is an important part of world history, which should be taught, celebrated and enjoyed across the world.”

After graduating with a degree in Economics in London just shy of her 18th birthday, she took an unexpected path and started her career in food. Lerato went on to become a TV chef, a breakfast television presenter while writing a column for a national newspaper. She was also the youngest editor at a national newspaper and went on to produce a second cookery show.

Lerato’s feasts and cookery classes, have been featured on the BBC, The Financial TimesTime Out, Daily Mail, GQ, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Vice and more. 
She recently won a place as a fellow on Substack Food Writers Fellowship.
Lerato has worked and collaborated with exceptional brands and organisations including Royal Horticultural SocietyTilda, Waitrose, Tesco, Soho Group, Shell, GSK, Imperial College, Aviva, Slack, Tilda,  British Red Cross, Beacon Scholarship, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, Visit Brighton,  Robert Welch, Le Creuset & more to develop recipes and create immersive events.
Her latest supper clubs have been in collaboration with Waitrose, held in several Waitrose stores transformed into amazing pop-up dining spaces. She also works with social enterprises such as Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to teach and support the community with more accessible cookery classes for all. 
Lerato writes ‘Cook With Lerato’, a newsletter for sunshine on your plate and you can follow her on instagram for recent updates.

For cookery classes, & media requests, please fill the form below or send email to:  

For books, television, cookery demonstrations & brand partnerships please contact Lerato's agents at Bev James Management