There are two things you will catch the amazingly talented Emmua doing. It is not making up or doing her hair. It is either she is making a new recipe, or she is coaching a capacity development session. Looking at her Instagram handle @emmieskitchen will make you salivate and almost eat your phone. Her food is something else. We caught up with her to get to know her more.
Can We Meet You?
I’m Emua Ohue. I am a chef, a public speaker and the best thing that can happen in a kitchen
How Long Have You Been in Business?
I’ve been in business for 5 years. 2015 till date.
What are some of the challenges you’ve had since you started Emmie’s Kitchen?
Hmmmm…. My challenges in the kitchen industry had been a crazy one. From knowing your target audience, how to get and groom them to knowing your brand and keeping them is one challenge I get especially for my kind of business and when I relocate to a new place. Another challenge is not just getting the clients but the right ones who knows and totally understand the service you’re rendering to them without them mixing it for something else.
I’ve had clients who would down price you to an extent that you want to fight lolzzz…. There are plenty of challenges but I thank God for the strength to get to know how to deal with humans and then I learnt how to work in patience really. Challenges keep arising but God is my Source for strength.
How do you manage the client’s expectations?
My way of managing client expectations is talking to them on the first time and first conversation with them on every first order placement. I get to judge but their way of communication and also their personality through striking a conversation. I also mange my client by becoming their business friend, me sounding friendly makes them even more comfortable with me but it isn’t all of them that end up being friends or friendly to me and it’s fine by me. I don’t expect anything from the inception so I don’t get disappointed afterwards☺.
What makes You Unique and different from any other chef out there?
Hmmmmm… What makes me unique? Well, my uniqueness comes from my own CREATIVITY. I’m a chef extraordinaire. The taste of my Nigerian delicacies is unique in itself and I’m not joking really, homemade Naija foods that’ll keep you coming for more. My cooking skill is not the usual and when you see me cooking and when you taste the cooking, you will definitely understand it. Thank you.
Taste my food and you go see say my food make sense.
Where do you hope to be in the next 5 years?
My goals for the next 5 years is to keep making food research, travelling to different parts of Nigeria learning about more delicacies (that’s what I’ve been doing) and know about or over 300 homemade Naija food, build a Foodie Empire different from the usual. I should be able to have reached about a minimum of 10 different countries teaching them how to eat Nigerian delicacies. The main goal for me is that within 5 years, I should have built a suitable culinary academy where people will learn both our Nigerian and my personal recipes (I gotten about 20 and more recipes to share for now). Thank God
What is the high point of your career as a chef so far?
The high point of my career so far is being featured on set with the famous charity Organization in the world, CBN Africa, The 700 Club on a TV series called ‘Living the Life”. I’ve also cater for an event by Adesuwa Onyenokwe, one of Nigeria’s TV Icon and a few. I’ve also attended a master class organized by Orode Uduaghan (GIGS) and the known Icon, Chef Fregz was the tutor. There are more but this is the top pick for me.