Meet The Chef

Our Chefs are the heart & soul of our Bakery. With over 20 years’ experience, Nana brings delicious authentic recipes that will make you fall in love with African cooking.

NANA

HEAD CHEF

History

Women are taught to cook from a very early age in African families. Our Chef, Nana Boateng is no different. Nana started learning the art of baking in the small town of Asokwa, located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Africa, where her talent quickly gained her top status in the town markets.

With recipes handed down not just from her Mother, but the mothers and Aunties in the entire community, Nana’s food journey began with a small market store in Asokwa Junction markets, where her butter bread, dough-drops (Fried balls of dough) and tuna pie became such a hit, that it brought 100s to her kiosk every day. The locals loved the taste so much, she soon created a Chop Bar (Similar to a permanent food truck) in Asokwa and soon after, getting married and starting a family, she relocated Accra City, in buzzing suburb of Achimota where she acquired and successfully operated her own large restaurant and bar, expanding into all areas African cooking.

It was no surprise that when she migrated to Australia in the 1990s, she started working as a kitchen hand in many companies, then promoted to Chef along the later part of the 2000s. It was her passion and talent for creating African cuisines that lead her to start a catering company (African Delight Catering Services), providing both Western and African food catering services to corporations and personal functions for over 10 years. Now, 30 years later, partnering with Ekua Group Pty Ltd to create African Bites, a family-owned and operated home-based bakery & online store offering all Australians the best bites that Africa has to offer.

Professional Background

Working as Kitchen Hand, then qualified Chef for companies like Gate Gourmet, All Life and more.

Qualification

Qualified chef with;

  • Over 30 years’ experience professional cooking
  • 15 years certification as a qualified Chef in Australia
  • Over 10 years’ operating own successful Catering Company
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate VI in Commercial Cookery (Supervisory)
  • Certificate III in Floristry

Projects

Running her own catering company for over 10 years she has catered for more than 150 functions (large and small) spanning many types of functions including small picnics, birthdays & weddings, festivals, corporate catering and even cultural events for NSW Government.

Projects

African Bites has created many dream events on behalf of clients. Click the images to check out a few client favorites:

Afro-cultures Festival 2005

  • Pop up African finger food stall
  • +500 general public attendance
  • Delicious African finger foods including kebabs, chicken, fried plantain and bakery option including dough-drops, Nana’s bread bites, African pies.
  • +100 guests loved the food

Art Expo Event, Custom House Sydney, 2008

  • Art Expo catering for Custom House
  • +200 invited guests and > 100 general public attendance
  • Full service food catering including set up, decorations, finger foods and meals for all guests and potential walk-ins

Stella & Kofi’s Water-view Wedding

  • + 3 course buffet style catering for wedding overlooking the waters in Balmain
  • Decorations of buffet area, including floristry
  • + 200 RSVP guests
  • Full service – Decoration, set up and service.
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