Chef Michael Ade Elégbèdé from Nigeria

How was it to move back to Nigeria?
– It was a really hard transition, and you can never take anything for granted there. For example sometimes there is a power cut just when you need it.

The best thing with moving back to Nigeria?
– One example is when I get hold of some special products that I normally can’t get hold of, then I get way happier then I used to when I took everything for granted.

Where do you get all your inspiration from?
– From the villages in Nigeria when I’m out travelling there. I get inspired when I see them using for example cassava, beans and all other local produce. We are pretty new at refining our dining. And many people are trying to eat like they do in the western world. I want people to appreciate the Nigerian food.

Your favourite food country? 
– Nigeria and Japan.

What is your favourite things to cook?
– Fish and seafood.

Do you use cookbooks?
– I like to read them and get inspired by them.but I rather come up with my own recipes and learn from that.

What is the funniest thing with your profession?
– To inspire other people both in Nigeria but also when I travel to other countries and can speak about the Nigerian kitchen and inspire people there. I like to make the Nigerian kitchen a bit more modern. It is just so much fun!

Interview and photo by Malin Nordblom

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Text and photo Malin Nordblom

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