Tunde Wey: 35-year-old Nigerian chef talks on using food to transform the world

Tunde Wey: 35-year-old Nigerian chef talks on using food to transform the world

- Tunde Wey is a Nigerian chef who is making political statement through the use of food and how diners engage them

- The Nigerian said he is most familiar with efo riro even as he cooks other dishes like isi ewu and eguisi

- Tunde dumped his aspiration of to becoming a doctor when he realised he lacked the interest to pursue such

A Nigerian, Tunde Wey, is making waves in a very creative way. He is using food to challenge the narrative of race and how food could be a reflection of people.

According to Time Magazine, the Nigerian chef uses food as a tool for social transportation. He has also used food to relate with people across cultures.

In an interview with the magazine, he said one of the things he fears most is self-satisfaction, adding that as soon as he notices people getting comfortable, he changes.

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Tunde’s culinary journey began when he switched from being a medical doctor after seeing that he lacked the interest to pursue the latter.

Tunde Wey charges whites more than blacks for his dishes as way to highlight the social disparity between both groups/ Photo source: INDY Week

Tunde Wey charges whites more than blacks for his dishes as way to highlight the social disparity between both groups/ Photo source: INDY Week
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When he could not get the scholarship to study at the School of the Art Institute at Chicago, he opted to join a roommate who was launching a restaurant in Detroit in 2013.

In 2015, he went on his own and started his own pop-up restaurant. Among the food Tunde cooks for political statement is efo riro, a dish he said he is most connected to.

The Nigerian chef has engaged food activists, professors, writers and artist all over the world to discuss issues surrounding race.

The chef also has many restaurants around the US. Photo source: NPR

The chef also has many restaurants around the US. Photo source: NPR
Source: UGC

He also uses other food types like egusi and fried plantain (dodo) as materials for black people to talk about oppression.

Last year, 2018, Tunde started another food outlet named SAARTJ in New Orleans where blacks are made to pay $12 for food like goat stew and isi ewu, while white are charged more at $30, further using the media to portray the wealth gap between both groups.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Haneefah Adam, a food artist, is not only promoting the country's image in a brilliant way, she is doing so in the manner not many will think possible.

The 28-year-old lady is using food leftovers to make arts and beautiful portraits, adding that she has always been artistic all her life.

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