Eat healthy bread if you have to eat bread – Chef Eric
An Ivorian refugee in Ghana, Chef Eric Douoba has urged bakers in Ghana to be health-conscious and avoid the use of harmful substances that will affect consumers. He said the practice where some bakers use bromate, which is a cancer-causing agent, must stop as it is detrimental to health.
According to him, bread is a common food that most people enjoy, and care must be taken to ensure it is being baked the right way with the right ingredients. He added that more education is needed for the bakers and called on the public to watch what they eat.
“Bread is a universal food. you can eat bread if you have nothing.”
Chef Eric led a Team of Ghanaian Chefs to organize a Bread Fair at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra, which had bakers from different parts of the country showcasing different types of bread. May 16 is observed each year as the Feast of St. Honore and is a time to appreciate bread and pastries. The event had chefs from Kempinski Hotel, Alisa Hotel, and Golden Tulip participating
Golden Chef Foundation is the brainchild of Chef Eric. He partners with some Ghanaians to manage the Foundation in Accra. Golden Chef Foundation represented Ghana in the World Bread Cup (the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie), a meeting place for the most incredible talents of the bakery profession and the reference of the international bakery. According to Chef Eric, the Foundation is getting ready for the African Cookery and Pastry Cup in Morocco come September.
The fair also had some school children being educated about bread and the process of making bread, one of the most consumed foods in the world.
Chef Eric has been living in Ghana since 2011 because of post-electoral violence in Cote d’Ivoire. He formerly worked with the Golden Tulip in Accra and currently a co-founder of Golden Chef Foundation, a private cheffing school in Ghana.