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About Chef Gabi Odebode

Chef Gabi Odebode is a scientist turned Chef and a foodpreneur. Born and raised in West Africa Ghana, Gabi ate and learned from amazing cooks such as her grandma, mother, and aunts. At the age of 9 she immigrated to the United States where she lived in Maryland. In high school, she registered for a food and nutrition class, where she watched several cooking shows by a woman named Rachael Ray. This is when something clicked for Gabi. She started to cook more often at home and experimented with spices and herbs and learn to cook other meals aside from her cultural cuisines. She later registered for an international cuisine class. Gabi climbed the educational ladder and graduated with a master’s degree in biology. During her master’s program, she started her side hustle where she catered food, created products, and taught people in her community to cook certain West African foods. This side hustle became her main hustle (Afromeals) when she moved to Ohio. In Ohio, she learned, and was mentored by CIA trained chefs. Gabi released her first recipe book and started teaching at different cooking schools in the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Her goal was to educate people about African (West African) cuisine. She later opened her own cooking school (Afromeals Cooking School) in downtown Cincinnati where she teaches and has taught many people about African cuisine. Along with teaching, Gabi also share her cultural food with people by developing recipes for FoodNetwork.com. Currently, Chef Gabi is known as one of the pioneers in the Cincinnati/Dayton area in Ohio introducing people to African cuisine and culture. This is how she coined her business tagline “Experience the Culture”. She has been featured in Cincinnati Magazine and news and other local, national, and international publications.

Give the Gift of Cooking

The perfect gift for the food lover in your life, our DLM Gift Cards not only unlock a plethora of gourmet foods and scrumptious sweets to explore, but they also offer an opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure at our DLM Culinary Center! From hands-on classes and kids’ camps to multi-course meals and more, our wide array of Culinary Center classes are gifts that are sure to be cherished.

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Upcoming Classes

Popular West African Rice Dishes

February 20, 2023
Monday, February 20th 6:00PM - 8:00PM | $90

We're looking forward to this class with Chef Gabi Odebode to learn about wonderful West African foods. Chef Gabi is a recipe developer and cooking school teacher in the Cincinnati-Dayton area. She'll introduce us to two of the most popular rice dishes in West Africa, Jollof Rice (Jasmine rice with fragrant spices, onion, chilies, and black pepper) and Fried Rice. The meal will start with a delicious salad, and the rice dishes will be served with Sweet Ripe Plantains and a side of Baked Chicken Thighs seasoned with West African Spices. You won't want to miss this one! This menu will be served with wine.

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A Caribbean Experience

March 21, 2023
Tuesday, March 21st 6:00PM - 8:00PM | $90

Come and share a wonderful culinary experience with Chef Gabi Odebode celebrating the island flavors of the Caribbean. With a colorful mix of spicy, full-flavored foods boasting aromatic spices, marinades, fruit-based sauces, and chilies, this is sure to be a palate-awakening menu! We'll watch Chef Gabi create Chana Curried Chickpeas and Potatoes Cooked With Aromatic Spices, Pasta Rasta, (a delicious Jamaican pasta dish), Plantains, and Jerk Chicken Thighs. This menu will be paired with wine and beer.

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Food for the Soul

April 17, 2023
Monday, April 17th 6:00PM - 8:00PM | $90

We think you'll agree that soul food is comfort food and Chef Gabi Odebode will share with us the robust flavors of this fabulous cooking style. You'll learn how to kick up your meals with tips from Chef Gabi for giving ordinary foods incredible flavor and interest. This menu includes: Cajun Shrimp and Potato Cups, Baked Chicken With Creole Cajun Spices, Macaroni and Cheese, and Collard Greens With Smoked Turkey and Cornbread. This menu will be paired with wine.


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Pies Around the World

May 09, 2023
Tuesday, May 09th 6:00PM - 8:00PM | $90

These flavor filled pies are popular street food for a reason! Nearly every culture has a version of a hand pie and you'll taste a few delicious choices from Chef Gabi Odebode's repertoire. These humble, convenient little packages of savory or sweet fillings surrounded by delicious crusts are packed with big flavor and the variety is endless. Chef Gabi's choices: Meat Pie With Mixed Vegetables, Cheese Empanadas With Pico De Gallo, Pierogi and Polish Cucumber Salad, and a sweet Hand Pie with a delicious Apple Filling. This menu will be paired with wine.

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