Chef Ilemilele

Rice and chicken Balls

Brief Introduction?

My name is Sinmisola Aduwo, also known as Iyamilele. I am the CEO and head chef of Ile Milele.

What is Ile Milele about?

Ile Milele is an exciting, new business with a unique approach to helping people enjoy home cooked meals with their families. We sell recipes along with pre-portioned ingredients.

Why did you decide to become a chef?

Right from an early age, I’ve always been passionate about food and cooking. I had a full time job and decided that I was going to be a part-time chef for extra income. With time, I learnt that being a chef was no part time job as it’s very time consuming and my job was demanding. I decided to focus on my 9-5, but after a while I got fed up and just didn’t see any opportunity for growth in my current position. I quit my job with the plan to start up a food business and go back to white-collar work, but now I’m cooking, loving what I do and can’t see myself seating on a desk.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

How do you come up with new recipes?

It’s not always easy to come up with new recipe’s, but often it’s a lot of experimentation and inspiration. It’s amazing what you can create with leftovers in the kitchen, elements from two different dishes can come together to create a completely new dish. My inspiration comes from various places, pictures, new flavours, food channels, restaurants, chefs and food bloggers. Also, I love to travel and when I do, I make sure I indulge in local dishes. I’m constantly searching for inspiration.

If you had to cook a nice meal in 30 minutes what will it be?

This is easy, Pasta! I’ll make a Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken. I love Pasta and anything Italian, there’s always a pasta recipe up on ilemilele.com

Longest time you’ve ever worked without a break in the kitchen?

16 hours! Interestingly, both my longest hours have been on Valentine’s day, but this years Valentine’s takes the cake. I’m not one to reject orders, but I had to turn down so many last minute orders, it was a crazy day!.

Coconut Lime Chicken

Most memorable kitchen disaster?

I had an order for 80 people and just as we were about rounding up, one of the gas burners started acting up and wouldn’t go off. One of my staff decided to turn it off from the main, and POW! an explosion. Thankfully there was no fire outbreak and no one was seriously hurt. I had to hold it together so I could deliver the order in time, but once I had sent the order out, I broke down. Couldn’t cry for long cause I had another event to cater and I didn’t have a kitchen.

If a client asked you to cook a meal that wasn’t in your menu, how will you handle such request?

I’ve often found myself in this position, but it really depends on the quantity they would like. If it’s for a bulk order and it is within my capability, I would make an exception and cater to them. However, if it was for a small portion, I would recommend something similar or an alternative. Thankfully, I have the gift of persuasion.

Example of a winter menu you will prepare?

For starter, I’ll say Spicy Chicken Soup, has to be spicy for that extra warmth. Shepherds Pie for main, that’s a favourite on Ilemilele.com and for dessert it’ll be a Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Ofada Stew

Do you offer culinary services for private clients and events?

Yes we do. We cater small event’s, private dinning and we also take bulk orders for packed lunches and households.

Advice to upcoming Chefs?

This is an interesting one as I consider myself an upcoming chef. I would say open your eyes and ears and constantly look for inspiration. If you can afford to travel, go and spend time in the region of the cuisines that you’re interested in, take in the flavours and techniques, ask questions and learn from local chefs. Go out to eat at different restaurants, see what other chef’s are cooking. It develops your palate and gives you inspiration.┬áBe patient, don’t be too eager to run your own restaurant, focus and remember that you’re working on a craft that takes a lifetime to master. Relax and breathe, enjoy the moment and most importantly, be true to yourself and your style.

Where are you located and how can people order and find you online?

We are located in Lagos, Nigeria. You can place your order via our Instagram: @ilemilele and our website Ilemilele.com or send us an email for enquiries at contact@ilemilele.com

 



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