Munch Africa is an interactive cultural food competition featuring renowned chefs from all over Canada, with origins from every part of Africa. Throughout the competition, chefs will use African vegetables grown locally by Canadian and African-Canadian farmers, to curate fresh, flavorful and creative meals. Aiming to support local farmers as well as African food and agricultural tourism in Southwestern Ontario. The event is produced by Cangro Agrifoods, a sustainable agriculture company that aims to help farmers and consumers to become enterprenuers in safely and sustainably growing ethnic vegetables locally.
I’m a chef, entrepreneur, restaurateur, television host, philanthropist and proud mother of a boy and a girl.
Ms. Olalere opened Ahinke’s Kitchen Ltd in 2019 located in Calgary Alberta which was nominated as the best African Restaurant by Avenue Magazine in 2020/ 2021 She was given the first – ever Ethnik Festival Award on showcasing cultural heritage on Afro Canadians Food – Jollof Rice War 2020 Since then, she shattered the glass ceiling by starting a social enterprise called ” Open Kitchen YYC” to support other immigrant food businesses through an entrepreneurship program in Calgary and surrounding areas. She is blazing her own trail through the culinary world and becoming the first in the immigrant community to create the “SUYA Naija Burger” the latest exclusive collaboration with Sammies Cafe which showcases her culture in a mainstream menu. Ahinke has produced a family cooking show! The maiden series, “Ahinke’s Cooking Show” was curated in line with the Open kitchen YYC vision, which is to showcase immigrant food and inspire harmony in homes with the first session “Daddy’s Recipe” with 5 episode is now on youtube and showcasing at 12 channels on Telus Optik TV, the second session “Mummy’s Recipe” set to air this October 2022 in partnership with STORYHIVE by TELUS Optik, City of Calgary, Calgary Art Development Program and many more community sponsors.
Queen Amina, an actress, host/Mc and the CEO/founder of the prestigious Vigor Unsung Heroes Awards International.
Since portraying a young abused woman in the award winning film, XYZA, Queen Amina has utilized her celebrity platform to travel throughout the united States, Canada and Africa for public speaking engagements and educating Universities and High School students on the importance of the inner strength that lies within each person to do and become that which they desire to do or become. A woman with the coat of many colors.
Congratulations to all Edo women in Canada and the organizers.
Kevinprecious Fawehinmi is a seasoned media professional with six years of experience in the media industry. He specializes in podcasting, event coordination, and media consultancy and is also skilled in audio production and editing, photography, and videography. In addition, he employs his marketing skills to assist businesses and organizations in meeting their objectives through effective project management and successful marketing campaigns. He has managed corporate events, CSR projects, art exhibitions, concerts and private events like wedding receptions. He earned a degree from the University of Windsor’s communications, media, and film. He is a major music aficionado and is passionate about promoting Nigerian music”
Claudius Maximillian Thomas is a computer engineer by trade. Claudius has worked as an entrepreneur since 1991 providing information Systems and technology solutions across various business segments in multiple countries including Canada, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain & USA.
With a passion for developing young black youths through education, culture, and sports, he is the leader of the Windsor Chapter of Black Boys Code and recently worked with other business owners to cooperate on black business ownership. His work with Black Boys Code earned him the WEtech Alliance award ‘Tech Mentor’ of the year 2021.
Claudius has experience working with international organizations including Intact Financial, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, DAF Trucks N.V, and Right Track Music software.
Claudius now owns his own computer software, PandaceaTM, www.pandacea.ca a health and safety, and compliance management software through his I.T. services company, Turaco Web.
Claudius currently serves as a board member of WEtech Alliance, with a strong drive to help the organization understand the needs, and work to deliver the goals and objectives black entrepreneurs in the local Windsor-Essex economy.
My name is Scholastica Lyanga, I am a community leader, advocate, and volunteer. I came to Canada in June of 1973 and I was originally born in Tanzania, East Africa. I am a foreign Trained Nurse/ Midwife, mother of 4 and grandmother to two kids. I have been serving my community since my youth. In the past, I have been the President of the African Canadian Organization of Windsor (ACOW), as well as the President of W5, and current President of the African Women Association of Windsor. I serve and have served on over 20 committees around the Windsor-Essex community, and have been and currently still on the executive board of several associations. I’ve been a volunteer at W5 for 30 years, I’ve taught seniors and women English as a second language to those who did not qualify due to their status, as a few examples.
I have been the recipient of The Life Achievement Award by W5 (2021), Ontario Volunteer Governor General Award Medal,
Volunteer Service Distinguish Award by W5,
25 Years W5 Anniversary Past President Award, W5/Retirement Appreciation Service Certificate, Rosa Park Award (2019), Community Leadership Service Award (2012), 100 Years Windsor Centennial Award Medal , 15 years Ontario Service Award, ACOW Distinguish Service Award, W5 Volunteer Distinguish Award, Jean Foster Welcoming Community Award, CCAC Appreciation Service Certificate, Summer Youth Job Program Recognition and Support Award (5 years), Catholic Women’s League of Canada Service Pins Award for 40,25, and 10 years, Ontario Volunteer Service Award 15 and 5 years.
I am Zakaria Chemzari, Originally from Morocco and President of the Association of Moroccans of the World (Windsor branch). I have always worked in the social field and I am connected to almost every community in Windsor.
Our diversity is our strength
It is an honor for me to participate in such an event.
The Munch Africa International Cooking Competition is an opportunity to taste food from different countries and culture and I am delighted to be part of the judging committee and hope to be up to it.
Sijuola Folarin is the owner and head chef at popular windsor restaurant Naija Food Eats. She is also a professional cake designer and artist, merging the African cake style of buttercream poundcake with modern American flavours and designs. Sijuola has been featured on CIBC news, Biz X and has been nominated for several local business awards for her catering and restaurant work. She had started cooking at five years old as working with food has always been her passion. Even through studying social work and working in the profession, Sijuola still pursued her dreams of working as a caterer at any available moment possible. She believes that being served food should be an engaging moment, not marred by lack of cleanliness or lack of food detail. In recent years, through professional training and focus through the recent pandemic, she was able to expand her local catering business to open one of the few Nigerian restaurants in Windsor, Ontario. She is now a full-time chef running the Naija Food Eats restaurant and spreading the flavour of Nigerian cultural food to Ontario and beyond.
My name is Nathaniel Nettey .I am 40 years old Ghanaian born in Jamestown, Ghana, but I currently reside and run my own catering business in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Am the C.E.O and founder of Exalted by Netteson Catering that focus to serve West African Cuisine and African Cuisine in general, my goal is to introduce African Cuisine to the world.
My Purpose and Passion
I have always lived by the renowned Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. My purpose in life has always been to contribute to people’s happiness in my own, creativity, versatile, diverse and unique way- cooking delicious African meals.
That why as a chef, I love watching people interact, from friendship, and share ideas while enjoying what I have cooked.
Here is a short story how my journey began .Born in a family with many siblings ,and duties were shared among us and we must make sure to do it to the best of our ability .Coming from a family of chef and cooks ,my mother did own and omelet restaurant, my grandmother did own her restaurant ,my dad mother did had her own , and my grandfather was the Head chef at Lagon university ,and actually till now part of my family still has on going family catering till this day in Ghana ,Accra.
You can tell how cooking was something I was surrounded with , and I was always exited to get involved in assistance ,or to cook, so from that moment the passion even got deeper. I gain lot of experience through family catering and restaurants, but I wanted more to pursue my cooking passion.
I read books , watching cooking shows, volunteering ,and so on ,was always my prayer by God grace to see my dream come true.
As I transition to Canada, was helping my mom did some catering business ,and as I attended sault collage in Canada , I did computer technician, but during those time I use to cook for the student and friends , and they use to tell me ,you should start your own, because your food is delicious and your passion about it was very deep, after I was done with my computer program and attended St clair Collage where I took Culinary Art course ,and in that city that how My catering Business was born .
After I finished collage and I got job with local restaurant while ,I was running my catering business and I end up also getting a job with one the biggest company in Canada , Windsor Casino ,also Banquet halls, African restaurant , work Oil Company rigs, work on Movies set ,and many more ,
Although the journey has not been easy. I thank God for how far he has brought me .i must say I was blessed to work with very good franchise and companies, and I hope to continue expanding and making people happy by cooking them delicious African meals, through my cooking passion.
My expertise in African cuisine distinguish me from my competitors ,in all that I have created my own African spices and drinks and sauces as well. My goal is to blend African cuisine to show case to the world and come up with a masterpiece that will be appreciated all over the globe. THANK YOU JESUS FOR THIS GIFT.
Nada Sabri Ben Ayad is owner and head chef of Windsor’s renowned Nidaa’s Fine Foods. Nada is originally from Tripoli, Libya. She graduated from Oxford University with a double major in Landscaping Design and International Journalism in 1980, and has held numerous positions such as a JANA correspondent, member of the Islamabad Foreign Women Association, held the position of head chairman of the Libyan Woman Union, advisor of the Libyan Girl’s Scouts, and has been a political and media activist to date.
Her love of community has been ever present throughout her life.
She became a Canadian citizen in 2002, holding positions such as an Arabic teacher position at An-noor private Islamic School, and coordinator of the Islamic community activities at the Dominion Mosque Windsor, Ontario.
And most recently founding the Nidaa’s Fine Foods catering business Food Specialists in North Africa and Middle East from 2017 till present. Nada is also an avid event and festival organizer for the Windsor-Essex and Greater Toronto Area community.
She is the recipient of various awards such as the “Best Arab Journalist Award” – Pakistan, Islamabad (1997), the “Women Leadership Award” – Bahrain (2013) and the “Dubai Women’s Leadership Award” – Dubai (2014).
My name is Aletha Nelson, I’m 14 years old, and I’ve been cooking for a couple of years now. I am extremely passionate about cooking. Cooking for people is one of my ultimate favorite things to do. I am grateful for every opportunity I get to cook, for even just one person, to groups of people. I want to be a Red seal chef when I’m older, so this is going to be another step closer to my dream.
My name is Oluwabunmi Temilade Owolabi. I am 33 years old, I was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria and I am based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I am a Caterer and Personal Support Worker with an organization here in Windsor, ON.
I love cooking because I derive pleasure in seeing what I prepared being enjoyed by people. I am in LOVE with cooking. I cook and prepare different Nigerian foods. Presently, I do prepare food for churches most Sundays and I also prepare food for individuals and for parties. I can make EVERY Nigerian dish under the sun. I look forward to operating/owning a restaurant someday.
I am a mum to 3 wonderful boys and a wife. I was born and raised in Nigeria and migrated to Canada with my family in 2017. I have always had a passion to serve in the hospitality industry most especially in the Food & Beverage sector. I owned my establishment (Ratal Catering Services) in Nigeria where I trained students and catered for events for over 15 years. I hope to make a positive impact in the Food & Beverage Industry. After studying how the system works in Canada, I decided to take my career to the next level by enrolling in the Culinary Management program at St Clair College and graduated in April 2022. I’m currently enrolled in the Hospitality, Hotel & Restaurant program at St Clair College and hope to be done in April 2024. My hobbies are traveling, dancing, listening to music, and cooking.
Mesdames Ida Bukuru-Kadende et Daphrose Kanyange soucieuses de promouvoir nos identités et nos valeurs francophones et d’intégration au canada , avons débuté par la promotion de la cuisine burundaise. Cette activité a commencé depuis 2019 en collaboration avec NCCEEP(Nigerian Canadian for Cultural Educational and Economical Progress & BCCEEP(Black Canadian for Cultural, Éducation and Economical Progress).
En effet, depuis la venue de la pandémie , nous étions très préoccupées par les personnes âgées et les nouveaux arrivants (immigrants), qui avaient beaucoup de difficultés à cuisiner ou à retrouver la nourriture de leurs pays d’origine.
C’est ainsi que nous nous sommes mises ensembles pour promouvoir notre art culinaire.
Nous avons ainsi cuisiné dans les locaux de BCCEEP & NCCEEP mais, les commandes étaient très limitées car les personnes ne pouvaient pas sortir aisément pour venir acheter de la nourriture .
Ainsi, nous avons décidé de continuer à rendre le service par commande à défaut de pénaliser nos clients potentiels .
Nous tenons à souligner que notre initiative nous a permis d’interagir davantage avec d’autres communautés, surtout de comprendre les difficultés auxquelles les nouveaux arrivants et les personnes âgées se heurtaient en général, en particulier pendant la période de la pandémie .
Ainsi, cette situation nous a permis d’avoir des commandes des différentes communautés et associations, quand elles organisaient des festivités.
Nous recevons des feedbacks positifs ainsi, cela nous permet de découvrir que nous progressons. Nous comptons reouvrir prochainement .
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