Abiola Akanji | Chef Stone | Celebrity| Biography

Chef Stone was born, Abiola Akanji on 29 January 1983. 
Abiola is a Nigerian celebrity chef, author and television personality,
also known as “Chef Stone”. One of Nigeria’s top celebrity chefs, he has
taught masterclasses at the GT Bank Food & Drink Fair and makes
regular appearances as a guest judge on cooking competitions such as
Oando ‘Teens Can Cook’. He is also the founder of Red Dish Chronicles.
Chef Stone studied in London, majoring in business management at the
London Metropolitan University. He partly worked in different
restaurants where he picked up his culinary skills. He went a mile
further by enrolling in the French Culinary Institute in New York where
he was professionally trained as a Chef.
In 2006, he completed a
one- year graduate programme and was selected as a Project manager for
the investment development team in Sainsburys Ltd, United Kingdom from
2007-2010. He successfully completed 5 new store openings and was later
assigned as a duty Manager. He was an Executive Sous Chef at the Giotto
Italian Restaurant and a Line Chef at Paramount Restaurant, both in
London.


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In 2013, he started his own culinary school, Red Dish
Chronicles. It is one of the most successful culinary schools in
Nigeria, with branches in both Lagos and Abuja where passionate
professional chefs inculcate the best culinary knowledge in students. He
also has a collection of spices called ‘the Chef Stone Secret Spice’.

He is the author of a book, 30 Easy Meal Ideas. His first very own recipe book, released in August 2017.
His second book,The Dark Side Series, was a Christmas recipe album, released in December 2017.
When Stone moved back to Nigeria in 2011, he also founded the Dreamblast enterprises; a group of small sized businesses.
In March 2017, Stone was a guest judge at the annual Oando ‘Teens Can
Cook’ cooking competition held in Lagos. Two months later, he was one of
the guest chefs at the annual GTBank Food and Drinks Fair in Lagos. He
was also one of the judges for the online Food Plating competition held
by Supermart NG.

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He is happily married with a child and lives in Abuja.
Chef Stone is one of the successful cook in Nigeria. Obviously, one can
become as great as one wish to become no matter the profession….
We are proud to celebrate this Nigerian celebrity Chef!


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