West African cuisine takes its place at the Michelin table

Smoky, hot and intensely savoury, the region's dishes are a winning combination that's scooping awards

A selection of West African food
West African food represented the top trending cuisine of last year
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With two West African restaurants in London winning Michelin stars this month, the region's specialities are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

Adejoké Bakare, of 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 with a supper club", said the London Evening Standard. Now Chishuru is among the city's "most talked-about restaurants". 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", said the newspaper.

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