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Classes Offered

Enjoy a cooking experience hosted by Kuukua and learn about making traditional West African dishes

Enjoy a Cooking Experience with Chef Kuukua

Have a delicious learning experience with Chef Kuukua Yomekpe. Her warmth and passion for creating connections through food will leave you inspired to cook West African food at home.

Creating community through food is the driving force for Chef Kuukua Yomekpe from Asempe Kitchen as she brings West African flavors and traditions to New York.

The Classes


Cooking Classes at Salt City Market

Looking for a unique way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Why not treat yourself or surprise your loves with a unique cooking class.

Be transported to the West African coast of the African continent as you sip on a cocktail of your choice from Salt City Bar, or on the purple-red hibiscus-ginger cocktail infused with spicy cloves and grains of selim and sweetened with cane sugar brewed by Chef Kuukua. Join Chef Kuukua, native of Ghana, West Africa as she instructs you in making traditional West African dishes. Won’t you join us in Salt City's Teaching Kitchen for this class? It promises to set you up for finishing off your weekend on a bright note.  Come along for this curiosity filled adventure! Take home the colorful hand-sewn aprons made by Ghanaian women (extra $10).

AirBNB Cooking Classes

You will be greeted with a soft drink as you get acquainted with me and hear a brief history of my life in the bustling metropolis of Accra, Ghana in the 80's.

Using a blend of local and imported ingredients, we will prep and cook two items: an appetizer and a main dish on which we would have consulted prior. We will sit down to eat this meal after and share your stories of growing up. If desired, we can include a trip to the African Market prior to prepping and cooking.

Other things to note:

  • If you have food/spice sensitivities please communicate with me ahead of time
  • Aprons are provided .

Your Instructor

Chef Kuukua

Akwaaba! Atomo oo! Welcome! Let's eat! I have been cooking for the past 25 years in various venues from Columbus, Ohio to Berkeley, California and now in Syracuse, NY. I made it official and opened my own West African catering company and pop-up in 2016. I love cooking, but I love sharing my culture with others and bridging the cultural divide through sharing of a meal. I have won many an award and many a recognition but what lingers is what people share with others and write back to say to me after they share a meal. I am Chef Kuukua and you are welcome in my kitchen. Oye edziban a...dzidzi. It's merely!