Lopè Ariyo is currently one of the UK’s leading voices in West African cuisine and her determination to see Nigerian and West African food brought to the forefront saw her named as The Observer’s Rising Star in Food for 2017. Focusing on a contemporary approach by combining African flavours with cosmopolitan-style cooking practices, Ariyo produces exciting twists to exotic ingredients that will have you licking your plate.
She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Loughborough University. Whilst studying, Lopè took part in a cookery competition organised by Red Magazine and Harper Collins where she blew away the judges with her unique style and take on Nigerian food. She went on to win the competition landing herself a cookbook deal with Harper Collins and a 5-page spread with Red Magazine featuring her recipes. Her debut cookbook, Hibiscus, published by Harper Collins will be out in June 2017 and is currently available for pre-order.
Lopè Ariyo is a self-taught cook, a recipe developer and a food blogger.