HC cookbook winner Ariyo named 'rising star of food'

HC cookbook winner Ariyo named 'rising star of food'

HarperCollins will release the debut cookbook of Lopè Ariyo on 1st June after the chef has won two accolades.

Ariyo was crowned the winner of the Red Magazine and HarperCollins African Food Competition last year, securing a book deal with Harper NonFiction and a profile feature in the November issue of Red Magazine, and has also just been named The Observer’s Rising Star of Food 2017.

The 23-year-old British Nigeria’s cookbook entitled Hibiscus will feature a fusion of West African flavours with a “modern twist” when it is released in June.

A spokesperson for HarperCollins said: “The recipes will include everything from Seared Scallops in Grapefruit Sauce, Hibiscus & Coconut Cake, Hasselback Plantains to the Suya Lamb Curry that stole the show at the judging back in June.”

After being named The Observer’s Rising Star of Food in 2017, the newspaper said: "Hibiscus may change the way we see African food in Britain. For all its richness and mindboggling variety, African food has yet to cross over in the UK. With her lively, accessible take on Nigerian cuisine, Lopè Ariyo could be the person to make it happen."