Lerato Umah-Shaylor

Cookery writer and presenter

Lerato is one of the strongest new voices in contemporary cuisine whilst being featured on the BBC and in publications such as TimeOut, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard and Vice to name a few.

About Lerato

Lerato's career began back in her native Nigeria with national newspaper 'Leadership' where she became a respected editor and created the paper's weekend entertainment supplement, 'Essentials'. Due to her wealth of culinary knowledge, Lerato also began to write an acclaimed food column in The Guardian Nigeria.

As her profile grew, Lerato was then appointed as co-anchor the breakfast TV show 'Good Morning Nigeria' which led to her producing her own cookery show, 'The Bite'.

Now based in the UK, her infamous supper clubs and pop- up events have seen her collaborate with powerhouse brands such as Waitrose, Wefifo, Soho House and Divine Chocolate. A sought-after spokesperson Lerato has also worked on social media campaigns including a selection of recipes for the launch of Tilda Rice's newest range.

Lerato's fantastic ability to create both an educational and delicious corporate event has allowed her to work alongside companies such as Shell, GSK, Aviva, Slack and Imperial College. Lerato believes in the power of using food to bring people together with flavours rooted in tradition. Her goal has always been to inspire everyone to cook and share food with passion and compassion.

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What's New?

October 2023

Author and chef Lerato Umah-Shaylor was delighted to be welcomed to Meta this week to speak at a meeting of their Cookbook Club. Lerato shared the incredible journey behind her book 'Africana' and delved into her inspirations, her delicious recipes, and the personal stories that fill its pages. As an extra treat, the Meta teams across London were in for a culinary delight. The teams were served dishes from 'Africana' in their staff restaurants across their London sites. From the flavourful Jollof Rice to the Mothered Oxtail Stew and the Crispy Halloumi with Cherry Tomatoes & Red Pepper Sauce, it was a feast to remember!

September 2023

Author of ‘Africana’, Lerato Umah- Shaylor was invited by Jamie Oliver to cook at Jamie Oliver HQ last week! Lerato’s jollof recipe was a huge hit with the hardworking teams. If you’d like to learn how to make this dish from the expert herself, Lerato will be hosting a Jollof Masterclass at Jamie Oliver cookery school on 18th October. Head to jamieolivercookeryschool.com to book your place and get ready to spice up your cooking with Lerato’s expertise!

August 2023

Thrilled to see Lerato Umah-Shaylor shine as her mouthwatering Coconut Fish Curry recipe takes centre stage on the cover of Waitrose Weekend magazine! Pick up a copy in Waitrose supermarkets and get ready to be inspired by Lerato's culinary magic. A true taste of Africa making waves! For a full serving of inspiration, make sure to grab a copy of Lerato's sensational book 'AFRICANA' published by HQ.

August 2023

Spices sizzling and flavours soaring! We're thrilled to showcase our talented client Lerato Umah Shaylor as she brings her culinary magic to the Jamie Oliver cookery school. Join Lerato for a Jollof Masterclass where culture meets creativity. Get ready to spice up your cooking game with Lerato's expertise!

July 2023

Author and cook Lerato Umah- Shaylor brought the treasured recipes and stories of 'AFRICANA' to the National Geographic Travel Food Festival this weekend. Lerato was interviewed by Katrina Ridley in 'Speakers Corner' where she shared her wisdom about African cuisines and offered her expert cookery advice to the audience.

June 2023

This weekend, Pub in the Park Bath was host to a fantastic African-inspired cooking demo from the brilliant Lerato Umah-Shaylor! Author of 'AFRICANA', Lerato delighted the audience with her Ugandan Rolex recipe! Well done Lerato on a fantastic flavour masterclass

June 2023

Lerato Umah- Shaylor shows us how she uses her green thumb to grow windowsill herbs for Gardeners world magazine! Lerato showcases her passion for fresh produce and how everyone can grow your own fresh herbs, no matter how little outside space you may have! Get your copy now to learn more about growing your own produce to make delicious dishes.

April 2023

Congratulations to Lerato Umah-Shaylor whose book 'AFRICANA’ has been selected for Jamie Oliver's ‘Cookbook Club book of the month’ Cookbook Club members can try out and enjoy some exclusive recipes and an incredible code for 50% off Lerato’s book

March 2023

The mouth-watering Suya Roasted Cauliflower recipe from Lerato's book 'AFRICANA' has been listed in Observer Magazine monthly '20 Best Sunday Lunch & Dinner Recipes', transform a simple cauliflower into the star of the dinner table, the full recipe is available on theguardian.com.

March 2023

AFRICANA by Lerato Umah-Shaylor has been published in the USA! In this book Lerato combines the essence of many traditional recipes from across the continent with a modern twist that celebrates fresh and seasonal cooking.

February 2023

Last night Lerato Umah-Shaylor was welcomed to Riverford field kitchen to host a supper club in their beautiful on-site restaurant. Guests were delighted to be served a selection of dishes from her book debut book ‘Africana’

November 2022

Cooking up a feast! Lerato went live on Pinterest uk with Taste Made this week and prepared some stunning dishes from her debut book, ‘Africana’.

September 2022

Happy publication day Lerato!

September 2022

Don't forget to watch Lerato on Channel 4 Sunday brunch discussing her book ‘Africana’ out 29th September

May 2022

We are excited to reveal the cover for Lerato Umah-Shaylor's debut book ‘Africana’ which will be published 1st September! Pre-order now!

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