Meet Sierra Leone Fulani Chef Fatmata Binta from Chop Bar to Top Chef

Chef Fatmata Binta’s love for food started at a local chop bar where she washed dishes for her grandma. Despite always being drawn to the kitchen it took years of dissatisfaction with jobs both corporate and otherwise before she accepted the call to cook.

“My journey like any others has its own set of sub-plots, for me these have mainly been pursuing other careers that society or family have felt were best suited for. From starting as a TV presenter, then as an IT sales person, then studying international relations, to working in marketing one common thread exist across all which was a lack of fulfillment. It wasn’t till I was living in Madrid, Spain that I finally heard the call of food. As the saying goes when your back is against the wall you discover your true talent. And that English tutor and had to find a way to make money quick; selling sandwiches to MBA students. The response was surprising but encouraging, the students always seemed to want more.”

Read her full story on Page 16 : GoWoman Magazine new issue out now – Free download

Connect with Chef Fatmata Binta on her blog – Nyamu CafeFulani-ChefBinta-ChefsinAfrica-SierraLeone-GoWomanMagazine

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