The countdown to the London Evening Standard Food Month has begun.
Throughout the month of June there will be more than 400 individual food events, serving up recipes to suit a wide range of palates and we’re stoked to see Mama’s Jerk Station, a Caribbean food joint and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen on the official roster.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, supports the event. He said:
“I urge all Londoners and visitors to our city to give their taste buds a treat and discover the best of the capital’s gourmet delights this London Food Month.”
The entire programme has been organised by Grace Dent, creative director and restaurant critic for ES Magazine, and Tom Parker Bowles.
“Tom and I wanted to create a delicious microcosm of the city’s high spots. After all, as Tom himself says, ‘London is unquestionably the greatest eating city on Earth’ — we want to celebrate the big names who wow us, such as Claude Bosi, Angela Hartnett, Yotam Ottolenghi and Robin Gill, as well as newer, lesser-known, soon-to-be swooned over names including Elizabeth Allen and Zoe Adjonyoh of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.”
We’re huge fans of Zoe. We recently caught up with her to ask her how she felt about taking part in the event. She said: “I’m super excited that we’ve been chosen to take part in this festival as my whole mission is about supporting food from Africa and putting it in the spotlight as much as possible.”
As part of their involvement of the food month, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be serving lunch at their Soho residency, The Sun & 13 Cantons, throughout the month. They will also be doing brunch offers at their Brixton restaurant, as well as taking part in the Night Market, which is an opportunity to show their street-food credentials.
Zoe adds: “We’re also organising an intimate supper club called ‘Goodness Ghana Me’ on 5 June, again at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho. The supper club will consist of a five-course tasting menu at a set price.”
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, Grace has been amazing. It’s nice to have someone of that profile championing African food and recognising that it needs to be celebrated.”
It appears that we are moving in the right direction regarding putting African food on the map in the wider food industry. But there is still a long way to go.
Zoe said: “For many years, it’s only been Jamaican or Caribbean food available on high level platforms like this. Yes, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is my take on Ghanaian cuisine, and my interpretation of recipes, but my aim is much more than that. It’s about putting African cuisine on the food map. It’s about making African food available on the high street and singing the praises of anyone who is doing good work in that direction. That’s what I’m about.”
Visit Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.
For more information, visit londonfoodmonth.co.uk.