The food and drink fair, which is free to attend, will provide a platform for SMEs in the Nigerian food industry to promote their businesses by showcasing a wide variety of their products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables, top quality crockery and wine & champagnes.
The fair will also feature a series of Cooking Master Classes covering the latest culinary trends, and a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment.
The Cooking Master Classes will be headlined by international chefs and accompanied by Tiyan Alile, who is the President of the Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria and the founder of the Culinary Academy.
several other top rated chefs who will also host master classes include;Gbubemi Fregene, Ozoz Sukoh, Alex Oke, Atim Ukoh , Iquo Ukoh, Michael Elegbede and Uzo Orimalade.
The chefs will demonstrate before a live audience how to apply modern twists to classic Nigerian cuisine as well as prepare some of the most amazing international cuisines.
Attendees of the cooking classes will also be treated to savoury food and wine tastings as well as enthralling celebrity chef face-offs including one by popular mother and daughter chefs, Iquo and Atim Ukoh.
There will also be a dedicated play area for children and Chef Uzo Orimalade will host the “I can bake” MasterClass series for the children.
Commenting on the GTBank Food & Drink Festival, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “We are incredibly excited to showcase the diverse culinary mosaic that Nigeria uniquely offers to the world as a prime destination for food enthusiasts from around the world.”
He further added that, “In addition to showcasing the wide array of Nigeria’s culinary community as well as the richness of Africa’s cuisine, the fair will reinforce commitment to supporting small businesses as well as promoting rich heritage.
Attendance is free
Venue: Plot 1 Water Corporation Road, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: May 1st – 2nd, 2016 (10 AM – 7 PM daily)
Exhibition space: 2,400 m2 (Interior) / 9m2 (Individual booth)
Meet the 8 leading Nigerian chefs you should expect at the GTB Food & Drink Fair.
He is a product of the world acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, Paris, Chef Fregz quickly made a name for himself in the food circles early on. His brand was birthed out of a need to communicate and connect with the young, upwardly mobile crowd he services.
She is the brain behind popular food blog, 1q platter. Ukoh was until recently the Executive Director, Marketing Services, Nestle Nigeria. A trained dietitian from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ukoh is all about healthy eating which is what inspired her blog – a need to share food and heath tips to create variety and excitement for a sensible healthy lifestyle.
Micheal Elegbede is the number three chef!
Armed with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America and haven worked in the critically acclaimed Eleven Madison Parkrestaurant. Elegbede is on a mission to rediscover and tell the story of Nigeria’s food culture with his personal touch focusing on the unique flavours, ingredients and cooking traditions of Nigeria.
Ozoz Sokoh (GT Bank)
Popularly known as “kitchen butterfly“, Sokoh is a food blogger, mother and geologist with a passion for cooking, photography and travel. She is best known for her modernised and creative adaptations of traditional, African and world foods.
Chef Raphael Duntoye (GT Bank)
Following a course change from Engineering, Duntoye joined Butlers Wharf Chef Schooland embarked on a journey that would lead him to become Chef Patron of an award winning kitchen at La Petite Maison. Raphael spent a defining 5 years working at the side of the famed Pierre Koffman – whose proteges include Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef fame, at the 3 Michelin Star, La Tante Claire.
Uzo Orimalade (GT Bank)
Before Orimalade made a name in the food industry via Uzo’s Food Labs, offering consulting services to the food, beverage & hospitality industry, cooking classes and demos to individuals and corporates, she spent over a decade working in management consulting and investment banking sectors of corporate America and Nigeria. An avid gardener, she runs The Garden From Uzo’s Food Labs, an organic garden that sells organic cut produce and seedlings. She also runs Cupcake Couture Lagos, which provides retail and corporate clients with premium baked goods.
Chef Alex Oke (GT Bank)
Owner at XO Boutique Bakery and an instructor at the Culinary Academy, Oke is a Lagos based chef who is passionate about bread, pastry and confections. He trained in classical/contemporary French cuisine at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Vancouver, Canada and also worked for a period at Lear Faye in East Vancouver before returning to Nigeria.
Atim Ukoh (GT Bank)
Popularly known as Afrolems, Ukoh is an African food blogger with a specialization in Nigerian Food. Atim’s main focus is to stylize African food so it can be internationalised. She aims to educate her followers with kitchen tips, cooking know-hows and interesting recipes from all over Africa and modifications of recipes from other cultures.