Traveling abroad is cool and all, but if you really want to get into the vibe and culture of a destination, eat like the locals do. There’s honestly no better way to experience the culinary tastes of a country than through the local chefs that shape its cuisine.

Over on the continent, chef Zoey Umeokeke is introducing the world to the flavors of her native Nigeria by whipping up traditional and fusion dishes that look as good as they taste. A graduate of Reddish Chronicles Culinary School, Umeokeke is now a private chef and owner of Zabambam Kitchen, a catering service based in Lagos. She also is the face of competitions and campaigns for brands like Maggi Nigeria and Eat.Drink.Lagos.

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“When one of your favourite brands not only helps you cook delicious meals, but also understands and supports you, you feel like #SheMakesADifference indeed. @maggi_nigeria *thumbs up* thank You for seeing my talent and helping me be a light ❤💛 #magginigeria #cheflife #brandinfluencer #SheMakesADifference

A post shared by ZOEY “FAVOUR OF GOD” UMEOKEKE (@chefzoeyblaq) on Oct 30, 2018 at 4:08am PDT

The 33-year-old foodie is such a rockstar in the kitchen that she was recently signed to the Chef Stone Culinary Talent Agency, which represents some of the best and rising chefs in Nigeria.

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WELCOME TO MY WORLD 👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳 I am about to create Magic with @chefstoneculinarytalent! This is my time and I am ready for it! #birthdaygirl #newlevel #chef

A post shared by ZOEY “FAVOUR OF GOD” UMEOKEKE (@chefzoeyblaq) on Jul 29, 2019 at 1:26pm PDT

We’re totally obsessed with Chef Zoey’s Nigerian dishes, so we’re sharing the love and giving you one of her yummy recipes to try out this weekend. But be warned, this quick and flavorful meal will have you ready to book a flight to Lagos tonight. Thank us later!

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Nigerian Chef, Zoey Umeokeke Whips Up Dishes That Will Have You Flying To Lagos Tonight

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