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BN Cuisine: Food and Emotions



It is all about the emotion – Ferran Adrià (Head Chef, El Bulli restaurant)

Pea Jelly Banana and Lime Ice Cream

Ferran Adrià ran a restaurant for 25 years that has been judged No. 1 restaurant in the whole world, 5 times (in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). El Bulli (from the French bulldogs that the original owners had) is located on the remote island of Catalonia, Spain. It is so remote that it would take you hours to travel there. Yet, to make a reservation at this restaurant is extremely difficult.

In the 2010 season, that ran from June 15 to December 20, bookings for 2011 were taken on a single day after the closing of that season. El Bulli accommodates only 8,000 diners a season, but got more than two million requests. The average cost of a meal is €250.

At El Bulli, the kitchen army is comprised of ant-like human beings who seem to work with clockwork precision, with seemingly unending processes and complex scientific steps of doing cuisine. The sheer magic that happens in this restaurant when the scientific and traditional techniques come together, redefine the very boundaries of gastronomy.

El Bulli's Cross Section

At elBulli tradition is preserved whilst pushing the normalcy of conventional cooking methods and techniques and boundaries of even sheer thought! I mean, how do you transform a block of cheese to a hard shell, shape it like a sphere but it still tastes like soft rich gorgonzola?

How do you make a Mojito into a sandwich? and it still has all the elements of the iced cooler?!

Mojito Sandwich

How do you make a Pina Colada into Candy Floss such that it does not lose any of its flavor as a drink?

Why all this talk about Ferran Adria and the remarkable elBulli?


For me, that’s one of the reasons I think we are alive.

I don’t know if I should blame it on the fact that I am a fat kid or I just love and somewhat live for food? But different meals evoke a myriad of emotions within me.

Okay putting my biases aside, really we are human beings. We hunger primarily for food and good food for that matter. Basic food is accepted. I mean in dire times agog, bread and coke would suffice, or maybe some yam and semi burnt eggs with pepper and maybe some palm oil would just be great.

Bread and Coke

But sometimes basic is just not enough. Imagine that rich Efo Riro with assorted meats and pounded yam; those chicken spring rolls; piping hot chicken noodle with pad thai sauce and some chilli sauce by the side or that simple but tasty spaghetti Bolognese.

Efo Riro

Now tell me you haven’t smiled or are now longing for something great to eat. Or by some odd chance, you can’t stop thinking about one of the meals I mentioned above.

One thing is for sure, food elicits emotions; from the good to the bad and then the ugly

A plate of bad food can put you in a bad mood, bad jollof rice for example with strong beef (overlooking the fact that i wont even go past 3 spoons) God knows how many hours of excruciating chewing of fried shin of cow I would have to be deal with. Please how would I not be upset and depressed?

Jollof Rice, Deep Fried Plantain & Assorted Beef

However, give me that perfectly stewed beef (preferably goat meat), with the perfect jollof rice… cooked via the iron ore nested on top coals of fire and timbers of flame… aka ‘faahyah-wood’ Yes!! for that ‘Party Rice flavor’ Did I get you smiling with that? Notice the change? Can you see my point now?

With this welcome to the very first BN cuisine post

I am honoured to be writing this column and I hope to share my passion and love for food with you and the rest of the world.

This column will explore food from Iloko-ijesha to Bangkok; from Los Angeles to Ebute Metta. I’ll share here with you whatever is food related and at the same time excites me

  • From food events, where to eat and where NOT to eat!, from restaurants to bukkas (Yes, Amala is my hobby),
  • what is healthy, whats bad for you, whats diet is trending and everything that stems from food.
  • Links for food blogs I worship!!!
  • Recipes and kitchen tips
  • What celebrities are cooking….and a whole lot more!!!

So thank you for dropping in today…

Go and enjoy good food that would make you not only full, but that would make your taste buds do the windeck, and invariably push your facial muscles to break into a smile as well as wrap a duvet round your heart to warm your soul!

I’m off to relish my pepper rice with prawns and endless cubes of all parts of the cow… joy in a plate… joy in my heart!

A Bientôt!

Chef Fregz, as Gbubemi Fregene is fondly called, is a Lagos based Chef with international training and ethnic proclivities. He represents a growing number of young Nigerian professionals who are breaking from the norm and forging new paths creatively. Once a month, he hosts the Chef Fregz Special which lately he has hosted @ Cafelicious, Opebi. 

Chef Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts monthly “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste. He also caters special events and private dinners. To find out more visit Chef Fregz provides premium private catering services. For bookings and orders email [email protected] – @Chef_Fregz on Instagram and Twitter. You can check out the Chef Fregz Page on Facebook as well.


  1. hauwa b.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I’m excited. I look forward to more of this. I’ve always wanted to go round the world eating my way through.

  2. nwando

    September 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    When is the next chef-fregz do!?

  3. quassimodo

    September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Welcome on board. I am in on this one

  4. Moi

    September 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’m already salivating…can’t wait!

  5. beforesheimplodes

    September 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Wooohooo! Go Gbuby!!! (I have never called u Gbuby b4) U have just made me soo hungry this morning! *Now sashing 4 bread and helg on d streets of Lagos* Not so fancy abi? 🙁

  6. gracy

    September 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

    OMG!!!Food on Bella Naija,Ive died and gone to heaven,d dude ɪ̣̝̇ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ cute too,Bella Naija canI love U̶̲̥̅̊ any more than this?

  7. lade

    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Photography – As Seen by Olatoun Okunnu!!!!!!

  8. Leverage

    September 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

    wow theres cuisine!!! hope this really delivers! love the post!

  9. tunrayo

    September 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    We can’t have enough of you chef! Great food, great company and great ideas. Looking forward to the next chef fregz special.

  10. bellar

    September 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Passionately foodie…welcome on board….waiting for the chef’s tips and naija reciepes too…enuf of obodo oyinbo

    • kiki

      September 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

      I love my food. Chai! looking forward to the next article.
      Great job Bella naija.
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    • Lala

      September 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      I honestly have faith in this girl. Off to vote!

  11. oyinda

    September 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

    The next chef fregz is on the 10th and 11th of September. It promises to be a treat. Well done Chef Fregz.

  12. Ese P.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh my! Nice!…

  13. TJ

    September 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Gbubemi, when is the next monthly special? I gotta be there next time

  14. Demmy

    September 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Hmmm, looking at all this food makes me hungry and reminds that I have not had breakfast. 🙂

  15. dewowo

    September 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

    FFO – for food only. call me that i don’t mind. those food looks yummy except the coke section. just survived jedi-jedi.

  16. Eva

    September 6, 2011 at 9:55 am


    • Aibee

      September 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Seeing the 1st dish, I was like ‘is this food?’ But that efo-riro had me smiling to no end. Welldone BN. Una do well. so how about the Travel Post someone talked about? Nice destinations that are easy on the pocket. Not all your viewers/readers are aristo babes or fashionista with rich daddies/sugar daddies. Some of us work to earn a salary and have to plan next years vacation in advance. So BN, bring on the Travel Post!

  17. Uch

    September 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Love it, looking forward to more on this column.

  18. Ron

    September 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Mouth watering article…..and chef*cough*

  19. IRENE

    September 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I love cooking and I love eating rite,so i am hoping this colume will definately make mi day anytime am on bella Naija.

  20. Tiki

    September 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Nice! BellaNaija is truly becomeing well-rounded, so proud of you guys! Can’t wait for articles on where to eat…I love my food, lol.

  21. ukwori

    September 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

    yay go bube …

  22. babylawyer

    September 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm


  23. Lola X

    September 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    This post ticks all the right boxes for me! I love food!!!!!!

    Lola x, London

  24. Truth Teller

    September 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My goodness! I indeed smiled all through, now i’m hungry 🙂 🙂 🙂

  25. Ready

    September 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I second Tiki. This is definitely a great addition. Now, please look into a travel section; and when I say travel, biko izz not Kiki Kamanu type of travel o, just a selection of beautiful vibrant places that are pocket friendly on different levels. In my opinion, this is the best thing BN has done in a while.

    • Blessed

      September 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Seconded! Bella, please introduce BN TRAVEL abeg! That way, one can travel to beautiful places that are pocket friendly and safe especially for people of African descent. The beautiful carribean islands come to mind. Thank you.

  26. Written

    September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Yes Boss @ Recipes

  27. Enwongo cleopas

    September 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Bella naija, this crew deserves an award. I love this section a lot. A huge lot. This is fabulous.

  28. Flo

    September 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww… My classmate.. SUch a nice person… So happy for you Gbubemi! Wishing you all the besttttttttttt… Love love love

  29. patience goodluck

    September 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Now this is what i am talking about.

  30. Jigiola

    September 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    “Go and enjoy good food that would make you not only full, but that would make your taste buds do the windeck, and invariably push your facial muscles to break into a smile as well as wrap a duvet round your heart to warm your soul!”

    Loved this Chef Fregz!!!! I was wondering how come i had never seen this section before, ALAS! it never existed. BellaNaija, You’ve got the right man for the job! i am soooo looking forward to this, with this and bbc food, life is COMPLETE!

    I’m off to relish my pepper rice with prawns and endless cubes of all parts of the cow… joy in a plate… joy in my heart!

  31. r.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    *sigh* I am in love!!! Please we want your recipe for the pepper rice with prawns and “endless cubes of all parts of the cow”!!! Thanks!!

  32. Luch

    September 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Dats my buddie yo!!!!!!! Yes, I’m famzing, #biteme. U’d famz too if u were me. This is awesome fregz…so proud of u *silent happy sobs*

  33. NNENNE

    September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Great idea!

  34. Consonant

    September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Goooooo Gbugbemi!! Can’t wait to read the next one, yaaaay

  35. undecided/decided

    September 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    foooooooooooooooooood… yay!! so happy.
    nd oga pls in Ur future posts.. pls do not concentrate only on weight loss diet like almost all the blogs in the world do… some of us wanna gain weight.. :). 10x
    bt this is a wonderful addition sha……

  36. hortense

    September 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I am so excited about this new subject. I love food and I hope we gonna have good receipe of naija food.

  37. Girl

    September 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I like that you threw in Iloko- Ijesa…….. repping for OIS….. I see you :0)

  38. Lala

    September 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    This looks niZe

  39. EFE

    September 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This is amazing. Finally something that’s not about stupid relationship decisions. lol

  40. Zainab Lawal

    September 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Gbugbemi,
    Glad BN finally has a Food column. Please take a look at my food blog—->

    Zainab Lawal

  41. chi

    September 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    fregene…… so proud of u, kip soaring high like the eagle.

  42. hotplateshot

    September 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Fregz, I’ve read this over and over again. Will see you on Saturday-as usual, I shall be the 1st to arrive. In the spirit of seafood (setting the belle for 2moro) I’m having Linguine in prawn sauce 😀

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