Zoe Adjonyoh is a writer and cook from South-East London. Zoe’s pop-up restaurant and supper club has been making waves in the foodie scene – both in London and Berlin – bringing traditional and contemporary Ghanaian food to an audience outside of the Ghanaian community.
Starting with a makeshift stall selling peanut (aka groundnut) soup out of her studio flat at the Hackney Wicked Festival almost five years ago, Zoe Adjonyoh has unintentionally become one of the new voices of Ghanaian cuisine in London. A writer by trade, Adjonyoh insists she’s not a chef, choosing instead to focus on homemade favourites and traditional flavours, while adding her own contemporary flourish.
Zoe completed her MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmith’s University using Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen pop-ups and supper club to fund her studies.
A summer writing retreat in 2013 to complete her writing portfolio took her to Berlin where in the hope of raising a few pennies she threw together her first Berlin event – rallying customers in bars and cafes she visited and amidst rave reviews found a loyal and growing following which has since seen her appear on German TV.
Since its inception, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen has thrived at streetfood markets, pop-ups across London and Berlin, and is also an established event caterer. Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Adjonyoh deepened her understanding of West African cuisine after a trip to visit her extended family in Ghana, where she got time in her grandmother’s kitchen, explored the famous Kaneshi street market, and met with cooks who shared with her their own takes on tradition.
For her most recent project, Adjonyoh has brought her Ghana Kitchen to shipping container community project – Pop Brixton – a long term popup residency which gives the opportunity for Zoe to test her restaurant concept in a fixed space – ‘Chop Bar meets contemporary dining’. It’s the epitome of social, informal, and affordable dining – where guests gather to enjoy Ghanaian classics, notable for their heartiness and spice alongside Zoe’s contemporary inventions.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is not just a restaurant – it’s a food event: taking the look and feel of its Ghanaian roots and merging it with a contemporary dining experience.
Zoe’s cookbook Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is published by Octopus and will be available to buy in Spring 2017.