HAAPI Festival African chefs unite in Ghana

 Chefs from across the continent are converging in Accra for the 2016 African Chefs United Hospitality All African People Imbizo (Haapi) Festival.

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Chefs are arriving in Ghana for the HAAPI festival

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 Chefs from across the continent are converging in Accra for the 2016 African Chefs United Hospitality All African People Imbizo (HAAPI) Festival.

The festival celebrates Africa’s indigenous food, exotic drinks, arts and heritage.

Hospitality All African People Imbizo is an initiative from Chef Citrum Khumalo, founder of African Chefs United and was launched in Johannesburg on the 19th of September, 2008.

According to Elijah Amoo Addo, Ghanaian chef and member of the Chefs Association of Ghana who are involved in the event, there will be about 40 executive chefs at the festival.

This includes Arthur Birch, an Australian chef.

The festival organisers say the aim of the event is to address the ways African chefs produce food and beverages, while looking at nutrition and biodiversity, and the industry's relationship to tourism.

"This program further enhances skills development, creates network and social cohesion amongst African culinary professional as well as career guidance to young people."

HAAPI also aims to improve the interactions and relationships between African culinary specialists.

HAAPI GHANA 2016 is scheduled to take place  Monday 26 September until the 29th.

The festival will see a forum and workshop for attendees, a barbecue cook-off and an alliance with local food charity Food For All Ghana to feed patients at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

Amoo Addo says there will be 40 chefs on hand to help feed the vulnerable on Monday at the hospital, planning to feed 200 patients and to also sign a partnership agreement aimed at reducing food wastage within Africa's hospitality/culinary chain.

On Tuesday 27 September there will be a cooking display and competition at Milad Kitchen in East Legon. 



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