The rise of West African cuisine: Michelin stars for Chishuru and Akoko

With two West African restaurants in London winning Michelin stars this month, the region’s specialties are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

Adejoké Bakare, from Chishuru in London’s Fitzrovia, became the first black woman to win a Michelin star in the UK, and only the second in the world. She “first made her name at a supper club,” said the London Evening Standard. Chishuru is now one of the “most talked about restaurants” in the city. The other Michelin star was won by Aji Akokomi of Akoko, also in Fitzrovia, where inspectors ate “one of the most memorable meals of the year”, according to the newspaper.

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