Lyssiemay Annoh chats to Ghanaian Chef, Author and Tutor Patti Sloley
Patti Sloley was born, raised and educated in Ghana; the Land of many bountiful resources; gold, oil, diamond, bauxite (aluminium), timber, lush forests, beautiful people, rich culture and good food. Ghana has abundant seafood because of its coastal location and good game and wildlife from hinterland. Fruits and vegetables are always fresh.
A Ghanaian with true spirit, Patti makes this challenge achievable through preparation alongside her unique way of teaching at the African dining course she provides at the Academy. Her enthusiasm is hard to beat! She is passionate about the things she loves and is clearly on a mission to introduce the world to her truly delicious Ghanaian and indeed African cuisine through her fusion-inspired cookbooks ‘A Plate in the Sun’ and ‘A Date with Plantain’.
What inspires you most about cooking?
What's the secret behind the delicate Ghanaian dishes that you create?
How does Ghanaian cuisine compete with other international cuisines?
Would you say that anyone who reads one your cookbooks can successfully create a beautiful Ghanaian dish?
What is your favourite past-time?
If you had to do it all again, what would you change?
What's your favourite destination?
I love going home to Ghana, for the glorious sun and spending precious time with family and friends, but outside Ghana, I have to say Manhattan. It has a buzz and energy I love.