Chef Michael Elégbèdé will be hosting a special relief dinner for the victims of the Otedola Bridge Fire in collaboration with 788 On the Sea! The dinner is scheduled to hold on the 28th July at 7 pm.

Following the fuel tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria in June which led to at least 12 deaths, leaving many others injured, Chef Elégbèdé reached out to friends and colleagues within the food industry and is partnering with newly opened fine-dining restaurant 788 On The Sea, Lekki, whose management have generously provided their space as the location for the relief dinner. Along with suppliers and producers across the food chain who have also offered to lend a hand, providing the principal ingredients from which the chefs will create the menu.

The aim of this is to offer support to the victims.

The team consisting of nine of Nigeria’s leading chefs will prepare a nine-course tasting dinner with proceeds going to those gravely affected by the Otedola Fire – the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Cutting across cuisine, culture and specialism but united by a passion for using their respective skills in food as not only a gateway to gastronomic excellence but also as a means to create a positive impact on a micro and macro level, the chefs participating are:

Chef Alex Oke of XO Bakery, Chef Benedict Okuzo, Chef Christian Duhalde of La Taverna, Chef Uzo Umeh of El Padrino, Chef Ozoz Sokoh of Kitchen Butterfly, Chef Imoteda Aladekomo of Heels in the Kitchen, Chef Eros of Cookie Jar, Chef Atim Ukoh of Afrolems and Chef Michael Elégbèdé.

According to Chef Elégbèdé at a brunch held for the steering committee and the participating chefs:

We are all committed to the culinary arts. We have a wealth of knowledge and talent. But most of all we have a love of Nigeria. We feel what we are doing here, as members of the food industry, in coming together and working collaboratively is something we can see in other industries too. By creating this dining experience, and raising money for those who need it most, we hope in a small way to show the change that we can all be part of when we come together.

Coordinating the Operations and Communications for the event are Media Personality, fashion consortium founder and inclusivity campaigner Latasha Ngwube and notable Editor and Writer Mazzi Odu.

Both women are longtime supporters of the food industry and are particularly moved and inspired by this philanthropic initiative.

For further information regarding bookings for the event and interview requests please email [email protected].