Date: July 10, 2021 | Location: Sarit Expo Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
The East Africa Bakery & Pastry Expo 2021, organized by Chef Media, proved to be a resounding success as it brought together culinary enthusiasts, industry professionals, and aspiring entrepreneurs under one roof. The event, held at the Sarit Expo Centre on July 10, witnessed a remarkable turnout despite unfavorable weather conditions, demonstrating the passion and dedication of the region’s culinary community.
Among the esteemed visitors was Chef Abdallah, Chairman of the East African Chef’s Consortium and a well-known figure in the culinary and media industry. Chef Abdallah, formerly associated with Dala’s Kitchen on KTN, praised the event and its organizers for providing a platform that encourages entrepreneurship and fosters opportunities for growth in the sector.
In an interview during the Expo, Chef Abdallah expressed his gratitude to the East African Chef for organizing such an impactful event. He emphasized the importance of aspiring chefs and culinary graduates considering entrepreneurship as a viable career path, especially in the face of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chef’s Consortium Chairman urged attendees to seize the opportunity presented by the Expo to connect with various suppliers and explore avenues for launching their own businesses. He addressed the prevailing concern among many culinary graduates who fear a lack of employment opportunities due to struggling hotels and urged them not to wait for traditional job placements but rather embark on their entrepreneurial journey.
The Expo showcased an array of captivating exhibits, with visitors treated to a wide range of innovative and high-quality baking and pastry products. The event proved to be an excellent platform for networking and learning, as visitors had the opportunity to engage with industry experts, discover new trends, and gather valuable insights into the world of bakery and pastry.
Chef Abdallah emphasized the importance of starting small and gradually growing a business, highlighting that success in the culinary industry is achievable with perseverance and dedication. The Expo served as a testament to the potential and creativity of East African chefs, inspiring budding entrepreneurs to take the first steps towards their culinary dreams.
The enthusiastic response from attendees and the positive feedback received by the East African Chef underscores the necessity for more events of this nature. The Expo not only celebrated the art of baking and pastry but also provided a gateway to success for aspiring entrepreneurs in the culinary industry.
As the Expo concluded, Chef Abdallah extended his heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, praising their efforts in creating a platform that supports and nurtures the ambitions of East African chefs. He expressed hope for the continuation of such events and encouraged the culinary community to embrace opportunities for growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
With the success of the East Africa Bakery & Pastry Expo 2021, it is evident that the future of the region’s culinary industry is bright and promising, fueled by the passion and determination of talented individuals seeking to leave their mark in the world of gastronomy.