Tiyan Alile

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Tiyan Alile is a Nigerian-American celebrity chef and restaurateur. She established the first culinary school in Nigeria.[1] A few of her former restaurants include a grill at the Ibadan Golf Club and a modernized Nigerian restaurant.[2] She is the current President of The Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria, the founder and promoter of Culinary Academy and the Executive Chef of Tarragon, a fine dining restaurant and wine club. She has been involved in planning a number of events in the hospitality space and delivering masterclasses at the Fiesta of Flavours Food Fairs, the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, the Mzansi Culinary Festival (SA).[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Tiyan was born in Benin City to a physician father while her mother is a judge. After earning a bachelor's degree in law and working in business law for ten years,[5] she branched into the food industry in 1993 building on her kitchen experiences with her mother, making cakes and barbecue grills.[2] She went back to school in 2012 to train in the culinary arts at the L’Academie de Cuisine.[5]


In high school, Tiyan had a cupcake store called Tea Time Cupcakes. She officially began working in the culinary arts in 1999 when she started a grill house at Ibadan Golf Club named Tees Hot Bites.[5][6] Four years later, in 2003, she opened up a Nigerian restaurant called Matchsticks Concepts while she was a food columnist for Genevieve Magazine.[5] In 2015, Tiyan launched her restaurant called Tarragon (named after her favorite spice), which originally started out as a dinner club.[2]


Tiyan Alile is the author of the book, "Tale in a pie", which has been described as "the most scandalous story cook book out there"[7] The book was launched on the 5th of May, 2017 and ever since, she has organized various book reading events both locally and internationally [8]


In 2007, Tiyan began to teach cooking and established Nigeria's first culinary school Culinary Academy in 2012 based in Lagos, Nigeria.[9][5] The culinary arts education meets international standards while focusing on Nigeria's diverse cuisine. She is also the president of Culinary Arts Practitioners Association of Nigeria.[6] Tiyan has taught master-classes at the Central Johannesburg College and has also trained one of the students at her academy who was invited to participate in the 2016 Young Chef Olympiad in India[10] At the 2016 edition of the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, Tiyan, along with other top chefs, taught young and aspiring chefs new culinary skills.[3] In 2017, She launched her "brainchild" project, the African Young Chefs Competition ‘AYCC’, a platform for young African chefs with a focus on African indigenous cuisine on an international scale.[11][1]

Charity and Campaigning[edit]

When Tiyan is not cooking exquisite meals, writing or teaching and inspiring young chefs, she is busy dedicating her time to humanitarian work with the Rotary club of Victoria Island East, of which she was president in the years 2013, 2014 [12]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Tiyan has bagged several awards, including the Luxury Travel Guide Best Restaurant awards, World Luxury Restaurant Award for fine dining and food presentation and the World Chefs Global Connect.


  1. ^ a b "Hey Young African Chef! What you've got cooking?". Business day. April 28, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Otas, Belinda (September 2015). "Flavour Country (Food and Drink)". Wings. No. 24. p. 25. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  3. ^ a b https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/19/guaranty-stands-for-food-and-drink/
  4. ^ http://fiestaofflavours.com/profile/#tiyan
  5. ^ a b c d e "Tiyan Alile". Thisday (Pressreader). Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Star Spotlight: Tiyan Alile (Culinary Academy)". Nigerian Guardian. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  7. ^ https://guardian.ng/life/tiyan-alile-shaping-the-future-of-grand-cuisine/
  8. ^ https://mycookeryzone.wordpress.com/2017/08/page/13/
  9. ^ Akins, Richard. "10 influential Nigerian business women inspiring the next generation". businessdayonline.com. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  10. ^ "Changing the Food Game in Nigeria". theupperdecklx.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Chris Onouha (June 24, 2017). "There's always a lesson to learn from everything, even when I burn myself in the kitchen—Founder, culinary academy, Ikoyi". Vanguard. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ http://rotaryvieast.com/index.php/old-site

External links[edit]

Official website