Michael Elegbede '13

Michael Elegbede

Michael Elegbede ‘13 is a Nigerian-American chef born in Lagos and educated in the United States. He studied at The Culinary Institute of America Greystone, and then worked at prestigious restaurants across the country such as the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York City before moving back to Nigeria. Michael now dedicates his energy to learning and rediscovering indigenous ingredients and cuisines around the country. The premise of ÌTÀN (the test kitchen that he opened in Lagos) is simple: to tell the story of Nigerian cuisine through his perspective through the usage of locally sourced ingredients with the application of both ancient and modern culinary methods. ÌTÀN uses a fine dining approach to portray Nigerian cuisine in a way that has never been seen before to Nigeria’s contemporary cultural centre, the city of Lagos. (Lagos, Nigeria)