1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ayo Adeyemi, Executive Chef, Akoko

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Ayo Adeyemi is the executive Chef of one-Michelin starred restaurant Akoko in London.

Through Akoko, Ayo Adeyemi offers an invitation to explore the depth and diversity of West African flavours, presenting a culinary narrative that bridges traditions and contemporary dining experiences. Under his guidance, Akoko has been celebrated for its creative approach, earning a Michelin star for its unique culinary experience that highlights the richness of West African cuisine in the Michelin Guide for UK and Ireland 2024.

Akoko Ayo Adeyemi One Michelin Star


21 Berners Street
W1T 3LP                                                    Website: Akoko                                          Tel: 020 7323 0593                                    Email: [email protected]                                                                                                Twitter / X: @akokorestaurant
Instagram: @akokorestaurant                  Facebook: Akoko                                        
Opening times:
Wednesday - Saturday
12:00noon - 2:00pm

Tuesday - Saturday
6:00pm – 9:00pm                                                                                                              Closed: Sunday & Monday                        


Ayo Adeyemi's culinary journey is deeply rooted in his West African heritage, specifically influenced by the traditional flavours and communal meals of his upbringing.

Adeyemi's career indeed took a significant path through various prestigious kitchens, and his experiences have informed his innovative approach at Akoko.

His journey emphasizes rediscovery and innovation, leveraging his understanding and appreciation of West African culinary traditions to create a fine dining experience that resonates with authenticity and modernity​​​.

Akoko: A Culinary Homage to West Africa:

Situated in London's Fitzrovia, Akoko stands as a beacon of West African cuisine, offering diners an immersive experience that extends beyond the plate to encompass the rich cultural heritage of the region. The restaurant's design and atmosphere, alongside its culinary offerings, are thoughtfully crafted to reflect the essence of West African art and culture.

Adeyemi's menu at Akoko is a testament to his meticulous research and dedication to authenticity, combining traditional ingredients and dishes with contemporary culinary techniques to create a menu that is both innovative and deeply rooted in West African traditions. Highlights of his menu include interpretations of classic dishes such as Jollof rice, showcasing his commitment to elevating West African cuisine with a modern twist.

Future Aspirations 

Accolades                                                                                                   Michelin Guide UK                                                                                                                                                                          HARDENS GUIDE       

Ayo Adeyemi's ambitions extend beyond the kitchen. He is passionate about contributing to the culinary landscape in Nigeria and West Africa more broadly, with aspirations that include educational initiatives to nurture emerging talent in the region. His vision for the future involves not only expanding the reach and appreciation of West African cuisine but also supporting the next generation of chefs through knowledge sharing and mentorship. 






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1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ayo Adeyemi, Executive Chef, Akoko