Kavachi Michelle Ukegbu fuses her deep experience in the culinary arts and hospitality management, in marketing, and as a creative director to host amazing in-person and digital dining experiences that broaden her guests’ taste palate.
The founder of the food-focused platform Grubido, Kavachi is a third-generation culinary professional with a heritage in Nigerian cuisine. She spent her formative years cultivating her passion for food in her mother’s restaurant, Safari – the first and longest-running African restaurant in Houston’s Southwest International District. That early inspiration took her on a learning journey that kindled her fire for teaching others about the rich variety of world cuisines and food culture. Along her journey, she authored The Art of Fufu and hosts the United Fork Podcast.
She honed her talents at several prestigious culinary institutions, including Hilton College and Milan’s legendary Università Bocconi. There, she broadened her perspective, even more, learning about the food industry’s business side even as she honed her food preparation skills. Today, she continues that academic journey, studying coding and programming languages to help her reach her goal – to produce software and apps to showcase international foods. She also plans to enroll in another culinary arts institute to obtain her master’s degree in the food and beverage business.
Kavachi plans to offer a wide range of food manufacturing and production services, including food styling, menu creation, food and beverage marketing and sales, and much more. Explore the tasty world of international foods. Join Kavachi at the global table!
"When it comes to food and events, Kavachi really knows her stuff. She's a thought leader with a great sense of humor, plus she has a way of bringing the audience along for the ride." Attending one of her shows will leave you enlightened, entertained and dreaming of food..
Kavachi is a talented chef. It was a pleasure attending her Art of Fufu event. She has taken African cuisine to another level for the world to see. You should definitely attend one of Kavachi's events if you're ready to experience the finest in African food
"Working under the direction and leadership of Grubido's own Chef Kavachi was an amazing experience. Her ability to creatively apply special industry-standard techniques into the food styling process made for excellent aesthetics that translated into the photography and video treatment for the project. Furthermore, Chef Kavachi's focus on The Art of Fufu's creative strategy, thorough knowledge of West African food and culture, and effective communication with production staff made the difference in producing work that our season patrons and fellow chefs recognized and respected as real African cuisine in art form and print."
Kavachi possess the ultimate "can do" attitude while taking on all tasks with positive energy and a smile. I always enjoy going to her restaurant or event hosted by her and the hospitality is amazing from when I enter till when I leave, making me feel so special as if I was the only customer in the room.