MEET BROTHER and sister Emeka and Ifeyinwa, the founders of Chuku’s, a brand-new Nigerian tapas lounge in London.
The siblings, who are half-Nigerian and half-Grenadian, were brought up in the Essex East-London area (Ilford) and have had a passion for cooking from a young age. “I’ve always wanted to be a chef and I remember myself and Ifey (Ifeyinwa) cooking up some interesting things,” Emeka told Black Ballad.
Ifeyinwa, a Cambridge graduate, said of the menu at Chuku’s, “which means higher power in the Igbo language”: “The menu is inspired from the cooking experiences and memories from our childhood, but also very much inspired by the fact that we are part of the diaspora. We’ve travelled a fair bit and we were inspired by the places that we visited, so that’s reflected in our menu.
She added: “Emeka and I are big fans of Quinoa, so instead of jollof rice we did jollof quinoa.”