Ozoz Sokoh ─ Nahrungsmittelforscherin
Ozoz Sokoh is a food explorer and geologist. A ‘Traveller by plate’, she believes that ‘Food is more than eating’.
Central to her work is the preservation of Nigerian/ West African cuisine, challenging myths & assumptions about its culinary legacy over 400+-years old and its impact on the world from the American South, through the Caribbean to Europe and Latin America. At the core is celebration and paying homage to West African ancestors and their intellectual might beyond mere labor.
Her 12-year old blog, Kitchen Butterfly is her creative space. In 2013, she articulated her philosophy & practice in The New Nigerian Kitchen, focused on celebration and documentation: like the first-ever seasonal produce guide for Nigeria - only one of a handful on the continent.
She recently launched Feast Afrique, a platform celebrating West African culinary heritage. One major aspect is a digital library of 240+ books, more than half of which document West African and Diasporic culinary heritage which she's created as part of this, as well as a hall of fame.
Her work has been featured on CNN African Voices and Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada and wakes up to sun-streaked mornings on the couch, good book in hand with a pot of tea. She is a #FutureNewYorker.