The Chef - Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare
Until recently, the Nigerian-born chef Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare was still, technically, a home cook. For years she had hosted dinner parties and supper clubs, but had not really come close to fulfilling her dream of opening her own restaurant. In August 2020, she finally launched Chishuru, a West African restaurant in Brixton, South London, inspired by the food of Nigeria and the wider region. She did so in part thanks to a victory in the amateur category at last year’s Brixton Kitchen competition, which has afforded her a spot in Market Row, a bustling hub of bars and restaurants.