A COOK from Leeds came within a whisker of TV food show glory.
Tosin Dayo-Oyeko, 34, from East Ardsley, and her friend Genevieve Ntuba, of Bradford, just missed out on the grand final of My Kitchen Rules UK on Channel Four last week.
The pair, who specialise in authentic African dishes, have been cooking up a treat on the daytime show since September. They impressed a series of culinary mentors before exiting the show at the semi-final stage.
Tosin said: “I have always wanted an opportunity to showcase Nigerian food and I was over the moon when I got the call to participate in the My Kitchen Rules UK.
“It was a great opportunity to show my cooking skills and more importantly, introduce Nigerian cuisine to some of the finest chefs in the country. It was intense as we had to put in the hours of cooking and filming, but it was worth it.”
Tosin was disappointed to lose but proud to make it to the semi-finals. Now, the mum-of-one hopes the exposure generated from the programme will create bigger business opportunities for her OSO chilli sauce range and a new supper club. She added: “I am looking to get my chilli sauces into delicatessens, supermarkets, and to work with chefs to develop recipes with them. I’m also starting a supper club and the first one will be on December 8 at the York House Hotel in Wakefield.
“It is the first of its kind and it will be more than just fine dining, guests will be treated to a rich display of Nigerian cultural pieces too. The food will be cooked in a traditional way and guests can expect an experience of flavours they have never had before.”