Akoko announces new Executive Chef
Aji Akokomi’s West African restaurant Akoko, known for bringing the bold flavours of Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria to London is thrilled to announce its new Executive Chef, Ayo Adeyemi.
Most recently found in the kitchen at the internationally recognised Tippling Club in Singapore, Ayo brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his time working in Michelin-starred kitchens across the globe, including Taj Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, and The Hind’s Head and The Fat Duck in Bray.
Ayo will look to lean on his West African heritage, championing traditional flavours, and combining them with the highest quality ingredients.
The new menu will feature snacks like Waina, a fermented rice snack served with Oscietra caviar, Otoro, a tuna croustade with scotch bonnet kani, and Asun, smoked goat with mustard seeds and burnt cucumber.
A new take on the signature Jollof Rice is served with BBQ native blue lobster, the claw poached and served alongside a pepper soup made from the shells. Unique ingredients like Aridan, a fruit native to West Africa, feature in a dessert made with shiitake bofrot and uda ice cream. Ayowillseektocelebratetheflavoursanddistinctivetechniqueswhichtruly identify the cuisine, whilst celebrating the ethos of Akoko’s cuisine: fire, umami, and spice.
Speaking about his new role, Ayo said: “I am delighted to join Akoko and use my experience to bring the ingredients and dishes, which represent my heritage and childhood memories, to the global stage.”
Aji concludes: “We are so thrilled to have Ayo on board after months of considerable planning. We will be working together to deliver a memorable fine dining experience whilst staying true to our shared heritage.”
The new menu is live from 1 October and bookings can be made via the website – www.akoko.co.uk
Opening times: Lunch: Friday – Saturday 12pm – 4pm (Last sitting 2pm) | Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 6pm – 11pm (Last sitting 9pm)
Address: 21 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3LP
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