CHEF SELASSIE ATADIKA
EVENTS: TASTE OF THE ICONOCLAST DINNER, THE ICONOCLAST DINNER HONOREE
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: B.A. Geography-Dartmouth College, M.A. International Affairs-Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Culinary Institute of America
BACKGROUND: Trio Toque (Dakar, Senegal)
CURRENTLY: Midunu (Accra, Ghana)
WHY SHE IS AMAZING: Selassie Atadika's approach to cuisine is where culture, community, and cuisine intersect with the environment, sustainability, and economics. After 10+ years spent engaged in humanitarian work with the United Nations and many years of self-teaching in the culinary arts, Selassie completed course work at the Culinary Institute of America. She is a founding member of Trio Toque, the first nomadic restaurant in Dakar, Senegal. Subsequently, Atadika brought her innovative approach to African cuisine back home to Ghana in 2014. Her company, Midunu, is a nomadic and private dining enterprise in Accra which embodies what Atadika defines as "New African Cuisine". New African Cuisine features traditional grains, a diversity of proteins, "underdog" ingredients, plant-forward cuisine, climate-conscious crops, and traditional cooking techniques. Chef Selassie Atadika has been sought after for her thought leadership by CNN African Voices, and The Financial Times. In 2017, Selassie was named one of 50 global chefs and restaurants who are advancing plant-forward food choices.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH SHE’S EATING IN: Accra