Member Spotlight: Selassie Atadika
After over a decade spent engaged in humanitarian work with the United Nations and years of self-teaching in the culinary arts, Selassie Atadika completed course work at the Culinary Institute of America. Atadika brought her innovative approach, ‘New African Cuisine’ home in 2014. Her food enterprise is Midunu, celebrates Africa's cultural and culinary heritage. Its goal is to create experiences where culture, community and cuisine intersect. Midunu employs local, seasonal, and underutilized ingredients including traditional grains and proteins to deliver Africa’s bounty to the table. Her cuisine has been featured at a State Dinner and the prestigious James Beard Foundation in the US. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography modified with Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Chef Atadika is launching the Midunu Institute which looks to advance consumer health and awareness while creating new economies through the understanding and use of indigenous African ingredients and culinary knowledge. Documentation of existing culinary practices in 3 of the 10 regions of Ghana by youth ambassadors will kick off a national conversation among youth and middle-class consumers about food, agriculture and culture. This research will be linked to laboratory and value chain analysis, agricultural capacity assessments and combined with a multi-media behavior change campaign showcasing challenges and successes in local food systems while contributing to the protection of culture and heritage.
Read the buzz about how Chef Atadika is celebrating Africa's culinary heritage:
Selassie Atadika and Midunu in Food Tank (June 2018): Preserving Africa’s Cultural Heritage at the Dinner Table
Selassie Atadika and Midunu Chocolates in National Public Radio (November 2017): One Woman's Quest To Tell 'The African Story Through Chocolate'
Selassie Atadika and Midunu in The Washington Post (June 2017): These are the 50 best places in the world to eat your vegetables
Selassie Atadika and Midunu on CNN (September 2016): The Culinary Creative Serving Up A New Food Experience, CNN African Voices