INSPIRED BY GHANA
CHEF BINTA (FULANI KITCHEN)
Ghana is a country that inspires – We chatted with 5 individuals, each from different backgrounds, but with one thing in common – the story of how Ghana has inspired, and continues to inspire them, both in their work, as well as in their daily lives. This week, let’s chat with Chef Binta of Fulani Kitchen.
Tell us a bit about yourself & give us a brief intro to why you started Fulani Kitchen?
I’m originally from Sierra Leone but now based in Accra. At Fulani Kitchen, I combine my nomadic Fulani roots, classical food training and love for rural life and farming. My dishes and pop up dinners are designed to be authentic yet modern and engaging experiences. I wanted to share my Fulani culture by serving ancient grains like Fonio, indigenous spices and other exciting West-African ingredients, within a traditional setting. The idea is to trigger all the senses and transport the diner to a whole new world.
What inspired you to start your business? And what inspires you creatively in general?
I was concerned that my cuisine and culture was fading away. I grew up sitting on the mat sharing every meal with my family – that shaped my life greatly. So I felt responsible for preserving my culture and its cuisine as much as possible. As for what inspires me creatively in general, I’m inspired by my Fulani roots, my childhood experiences as well as by nature.
What’s your favourite spot in Accra to hang out?
I have quite a few but my favourites right now are Sunshine Salad Bar in Osu (024 431 5703) and Sai Wine and Champagne Bar in Labone (http://www.saighana.com/).