Nicola Kagoro, a.k.a. Chef Cola, is a pioneering female Zimbabwean vegan chef at the helm of African Vegan on a Budget.
Founded in 2016, African Vegan on a Budget was developed to showcase Chef Cola’s cuisine and culinary development as well as to actively promote the reality that people can thrive on a healthy vegan and plant-based diet on a budget.
Chef Cola is a hospitality management graduate whose path and journey took her not only to veganism, but also to being on the culinary frontlines of presenting vegan food and lifestyle in Africa and advocating its great benefits- both nutritional and environmental.
One of Chef Cola’s primary aims through her work with African Vegan on a Budget is to spread awareness of vegan culture across Africa and give people the tools and knowledge to actively integrate plant-based eating into their lifestyles.
Chef Cola’s cooking is African inspired with elements of Western cuisine as well. Having spent her childhood in New York City, where her diplomat mother worked at the time, her worldview and work ethic has been influenced by time there as well as Cape Town where, while working at PLANT restaurant, she was introduced to veganism and began to train in plant-based cooking.
Chef Cola’s work is truly dynamic and pioneering, spanning several exciting projects. She works with private clients, from corporate to individuals, who want to learn more about vegan cooking. She has launched a line of customized African Inspired Chef Jackets made in Zimbabwe with a portion of proceeds donated to underprivileged, young African women in Zimbabwe and Cape Town to help improve their sewing skills.
Dinner with Chef Cola is a mobile dining concept currently based in Harare and Cape Town and slated to expand to other African cities as well as globally during Chef Cola’s travels.
The theme for Dinner with Cola is always African inspired, preparing dishes that present the beauty of plant-based African culture and cuisine. The mission of the dinner event is to introduce people to vegan food and lifestyle and to further inspire those already familiar with veganism with her own brand of plant-based cooking. The dinner series are motivated by environmental concern, raising the themes of sustainability and consumption while creating an event for people to relax, network and learn.
Through the dinners, Chef Cola also works toward her core mission of helping people understand that they can enjoy delicious vegan cooking on a budget.
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Chef Cola recently complimented the beautiful product range of products by Outcast Foods on Instagram where we created a delicious Falafal Salad with Greens and Roasted Sweet Potato. It’s an easy way to create nutritional food that’s affordable.
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