Meet the Top Chefs Lined Up for the GTBank Food & Drink Fair 2017


Food lovers from across the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled culinary experience as the second edition of the GTBank Food & Drink Fair is set to hold during the Worker’s Day holiday on Sunday, April 31, 2017 and Monday, May 1, 2017.

The two-day event will treat attendees to enthralling gastronomic tours across a wide variety of exciting cuisines and delicacies while offering small businesses in the Nigerian Food Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their target markets as well as experts in their business fields.

The GTBank Food and Drink Fair was created by foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, as part of its efforts to empower small businesses.

The 2016 debut of the consumer-focused event received very positive reviews nationally and internationally, had over 90 exhibitors from the food sector and attracted over 25,000 guests over the 2-day period.

It was followed by the first edition of The GTBank Fashion Weekend, held in November 2016, which achieved a similar impact in the SME segment of the Nigerian fashion industry and featured over 100 exhibitors and about 30,000 guests.

The GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which is free to attend, will expand on the favourite features of the previous event, such as Cooking Master Classes and Sales Exhibitions by small businesses, whilst providing new and exciting features such as a Farmers’ Market, where SMEs involved in agriculture will showcase and sell fresh and organic farm products, and a Baking Master class for children kids.

There will also be a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment as well as savoury Wine tastings to enable attendees experience an exciting and eclectic mix of undiscovered brands and household names alike.

Commenting on the GTBank Food & Drink Fair, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said, “We are delighted to return with the 2nd edition of the GTBank Food and Drink Fair. This year, we are raising the bar on the scope and features of the event to deliver an exquisite experience of Nigeria’s diverse culinary mosaic to our customers, the general public and food enthusiasts from around the world. He further stated that.

“With the successes of the first editions of the Food and Drink Fair and Fashion Weekend events, we are encouraged to do more; connecting businesses to consumers, creating new markets and business opportunities for our customers.”

Meet The Chefs


Chef .G. Garvin

Acclaimed Chef, Cookbook Author, Television Host, James Beard Nominee and Philanthropist, Gerry Garvin will be at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair holding this April 30 and May 1, 2017.

Chef Garvin launched his culinary career in his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia, at the Ritz Carlton-Downtown as the youngest line cook in the gourmet dining room.
He opened his signature restaurant, G Garvin’s, where he continued to cater to and host high profile dinners for clients ranging from Former President Bill Clinton, to Halle Berry. Chef Garvin expanded his brand by making a name for himself on several popular television shows including Road Trip with G Garvin, which is hosted on the Food Network. At the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, Chef Garvin will display, live to the audience, the amazing culinary skills which have made him a favorite among food lovers around the world.



Raphael Duntoye

Critically acclaimed and globally renowned Chef, Raphael Duntoye is coming to the GTB Food and Drink Fair!

Raphael Duntoye veered off the course of his Engineering career in 1995 to follow his life-long passion for food and cooking. He joined Butlers Wharf Chef School and is today a Master of French Cuisines at La Petite Maison. This protégé of Pierre Koffman has a worldwide culinary pedigree, evidenced by his elevated position at La Petite Maison’s chain of restaurants spanning the UK, USA, and the UAE. It’s been over 10 years since he started his own kitchen in Mayfair and created his defining menu. Chef Raphael returns to the Masterclass arena at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair where his audience will witness global culinary mastery.



Abiola Akanji

Renowned culinary expert, Abiola Akanji, will be at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair to share his more than a decade experience in the art of food making.

Popularly known by food lovers as Chef Stone, Abiola’s talent for food making has been evident since his childhood, and through his time at the French Culinary Institute and International Culinary Education Centre, both in New York, he has honed his skill to become the chef’s chef. Abiola owns The Red Dish Culinary School, one of the most reputable culinary schools in Nigeria with over a thousand graduates since its inception.

Chef Stone will lead a Masterclass at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair to share his wealth of experience in culinary arts and the business of food making.



Chef Kevin Curry

Famous food and fitness expert, Kevin Curry is bringing his expert culinary skills and healthy eating tips to The GTBank Food and Drink Fair, holding on April 30 and May 1, 2017. An alumnus of Harvard University and the founder of “FitMenCook”, an online platform promoting fitness and healthy cooking habits to millions of online subscribers, Kevin is a discoverer and promoter of diets that are not only healthy but audaciously tasty as well.

By developing an inexpensive kitchen-gym regimen and achieving personal success, Kevin has become an inspiration and authority in creating tasty food alternatives.



Chef Benedict Okuzu

Other chefs include: Chef Lerato, Chef Ronke Edoho, Jehan Powell, Lerato Umah-Shaylor, Nkesi Enyioha and Tolu Erogbogbo.

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