I’m a Lagos based chef who’s passionate about bread, pastry and confections. I trained in classical/contemporary French cuisine at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Vancouver, Canada from January-December, 2014. While at PICA, I interned at the Fairmount Vancouver, Beta 5 and Thomas Haas. I also worked for a period at Lear Faye in East Vancouver before returning to Nigeria.
I have a BBA (Cum Laude) in Management from the USA and an MSc. (Distinction) in International Marketing Management from the UK. After both degrees, I went on to volunteer at ASSAF (Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) in Tel Aviv, Israel for five months in 2013 before embarking on my career as a culinary professional.
I’m currently chef owner at XO Boutique Bakery, pastry chef at Tarragon Restaurant and chef instructor at the Culinary Academy in Ikoyi, Lagos. I’ve given masterclass demos at prominent food fairs in Lagos, including the GTBank Food & Drink Fair, and Fiesta of Flavours. I’m also a contributor to BellaNaija Cuisine, and have been featured in ThisDay Style, Sunday Punch and Discovery for Men Magazine.
Follow my personal and culinary adventures on Instagram @alexcooksfood, where I currently photoblog.