Kenyan expat chef returns to her culinary roots for new Amazon series

Anita Kerai
Anita Kerai. Photo: Anita’s Kitchen

Kenyan born chef, Anita Kerai, returned to her birthplace 22 years after moving to the UK for her new 7-part television series which will begin streaming on Amazon Prime this weekend.

Return to Kenya follows the 43-year-old former accountant from Harrow who changed career to become a chef as she retraces her culinary roots and inspiration.

A third generation Kenyan-Indian, Anita grew up in Nairobi and after studying accountancy at school, she started her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course in Kenya before moving to London in 1997 when she was 21 years old to complete her studies before being joined by her family two years later.

Talking about the show, Anita said: “Although I’m a busy working mum of two, I always make time to prepare home cooked meals. I hope both Return to Kenya and Flavours of Kenya brings cultures and communities together, because cooking for my family and friends is my way of showing them love.”

Viewers will be able to watch as Anita recreates recipes from her Kenyan-Indian upbringing, some of which will be featured in her new 170-page cookbook, including Swahili Vegetable Udhiyu, which draws natural ingredients from Kenya alongside Anita’s ancestral home of Gujarat.

Other one-pot recipes were learned in Nairobi and Mombasa from Anita’s parents, grandparents and friends before being perfected for a global audience.

Anita is also a Food Revolution Ambassador and as well as regularly conducting free cooking shows and classes in North London, some of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Curry for Change, a charity which supports poor families in Africa and Asia.

Return to Kenya will begin streaming on Amazon Prime from 24 November.

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