3 Female African Culinary Maestros You Should Know.

Food lovers, get in here, this one is for you! Hehehehe let’s talk about the place of African food on the world map, and some female African Chefs that are doing a fine job of enlisting us up there.

From Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Ivory Coast to Nigeria, the African continent has over the years produced popular and professional chefs who have overtime served as major culinary forces influencing people on healthy positive food alternatives, how to prepare African food right (because there is a difference between cooking well and cooking right lol) and of course food plating and presentation. These Chefs have carved a niche for themselves in the African food industry and are redefining the continent’s cuisine and by extension, placing African traditional dishes on an international scale.

Some you should watch out for are listed below

Chef Christelle Vougo-Anet

For one who started out being trained for the corporate finance word having studied Accounting, Chef Christelle Vougo-Anet has made a name for herself. Like most entrepreneurs, Chef Christelle started out from the bottom, working in the kitchen and serving in Restaurants in the United States, then joined her husband and associate, Frank Anet, (who was born into a family of Caterers) to open a restaurant- “The Avenue” in the heart of Atlanta.

In 2011, both returned to their home country Ivory Coast and opened “NORIMA” a Restaurant situated on two highlands which fast became a local reference for American dishes. Hence today, she is co-founder of three of the most luxurious restaurants in the city of Abidjan with her husband, who is always ready to try out new flavours, without compromising on originality. With the management of 3 high end restaurants and a catering service, Chef Christelle Vougo has become the “Celebrity Chef” of the capital city of Ivory Coast winning several awards to her name, including Restaurant of the Year at the Abidjan Restaurant Awards, Best Service and Best African Restaurant. 

Chef Anto

Originally from Gabon, Anto is a young chef based in Paris. She started out studying Engineering and medicine because her father was against her developing her love for cooking into a full fledged skill that can yield financial returns. She eventually got her fathers approval hence, moved on to get a Culinary degree . Chef Anto currently works as a Food consultant using her expertise to solve major food problems in the corporate space. She also runs a youtube channel “Anto’s Kitchen”, where she dishes out (pun intended lol) content that infuses old kitchen methods in creating modern cuisine. In 2016, she received the prestigious African women’s Revelation of the year award in the gastronomy category. 

Chef Siba Mtongana

This South African magic hands reputed for her show, Siba’s Table on The Food Network, serves up African recipes ingenuously! The show is broadcast in over 90 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa and the first season is currently being beamed to more than 60 million households via the Cooking Channel in the United States.

Prior to becoming a star chef, Siba earned a degree in food and consumer sciences with majors in food, food science and nutrition from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town. There, she mentored and tutored academically struggling students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Siba has been honored and featured in several publications and was a judge on Masterchef season 1 in 2012, also a judge on Chopped South Africa and has written her bestselling cookbook, My TableSiba was has also been included in Tropics Magazine list of 40 Most Influential Africans Shaping the future of Africa.

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