We are pleased to announce that Chef James Lupembe will be one of the Chefs cooking up something special live at the Go Africa Harlem 2016 street Festival on 7/16/2016 as part of the run up to African Restaurant Week 2016!
Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information. the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/ or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.
About Chef James Lupembe:
Born in Iringa, Southern highlands of Tanzania, James and his younger brother were raised by a single mother. She was known for being very hardworking and creative as most African women are. She ran a small, local business known as, “mgahawa” in Swahili (which is like a home based restaurant) to meet their basic needs.
James was scouted by a reputable tourist restaurant in Mafinga town in Iringa. After a year of work, he landed the opportunity to go for more culinary training in the big city of Dar es Salaam. From there, he eventually got hired by the embassy of Tanzania to the United Nations and moved to New York to work as the ambassador’s personal chef. During his 7years working for the ambassador, he got to meet and serve dignitaries from all over the world. After his service with the ambassador, he moved on to working in different restaurants in New York, in search to gain culinary experience in West Indies dishes, African American, Soul food and as well as European cuisine. His favorite African dish to make is the “dibi” or grilled lamb originally from West Africa. His favorite Tanzanian dish is chapati (flatbread) and beef or chicken stew. A fusion cuisine he would create would be baked Tilapia with tomato sauce, served with Ugali (a corn dish popular amongst Tanzanians and all over Africa).