Tiyan Alile

Tiyan Alile is the current President of The Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria, the founder and promoter of Culinary Academy and the Chef Patron of Tarragon, an experiential dining room and wine club. Her objective is to change and improve the standard of Culinary Arts Education and Culinary awareness globally and she has successfully trained and mentored over a thousand students. She left her corporate law practice and founded the Culinary Academy Nigeria in 2012, after studying Advanced Culinary Arts at L’Academie de Cuisine in the United States.

She birthed her brain Child- The African Young Chefs’ Competition in 2016, which is a Pan African annual event giving Young African Chefs a platform to express their skill and creativity as well as a platform of learning and capacity building. Tiyan is also a proud member of the World Chef Global Connect, a unifying platform for the promotion of culinary education and mentorship.

Tiyan Led Nigeria as Chef Mentor in 2015 to participate in the Young Chef Olympiad competition in India Her Restaurant Tarragon received in Belfast and Russia the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards for Fine Dining and Food Styling and Presentation for West Africa and Nigeria (2018) and Tiyan was named Best Head Chef West & Central Africa (2019) by the World Luxury Restaurants Awards. She has been instrumental in the opening and operation of several other successful restaurants in Lagos, Benin & Abuja.

Tiyan has been involved in planning a number of events in the hospitality space and delivering masterclasses to thousands of attendees at several food fairs including the Fiesta of Flavours Food Fairs, Tiyan was the Pioneer curator for Masterclasses at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, She participated at the Mzansi Culinary Festival (South Africa) and taught a Culinary masterclass at the Central Johannesburg College.

Tiyan has been featured as a Forbes Africa Woman, on the BBC, CNBC Entrepreneur of the week, in CuisineNoir. She recently published her first cookbook, “Tale in a Pie” and is currently working on her second book, when Tiyan is not stirring a pot or penning her thoughts she can be found in silence practicing yoga, tapping her feet to jazz, doing humanitarian work with the Rotary Club or scoring a hole in one on the golf course.