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BN Cuisine With Chef Fregz: Face Off With Chef Iya!



A few months ago when I joined instagram I came across this name “Iyamilele” and clicked the follow button after I noticed all the amazing pictures of food she had up (plus she was cute too *wink*)

On  a more serious note, her creativity and her bold approach to food actually captured my attention and I just felt she was someone I would love to cook with. Later, I found out that Iyamilele‘s actually my friend’s sister so I was 100% stoked! You can imagine my excitement when I found out she was gonna be home this summer. It was a perfect time for the chef’s throw down.

For the throw down which became “Chopped Chef Fregz vs. Chef Iya” (Iya is what everyone calls her) by the end of the day. When we met up, we wrote down a bunch of ingredients, themes, countries, techniques, proteins, carbohydrates and one very random ingredient. From the list we made up, we put them in small papers and mixed it all up and picked randomly proposed to to a 2-course meal and one dessert. For dessert, we wrote ten things we liked in dessert and picked numbers across each others list.

Below was all we got.

Chef Fregz
1.Beef Fillet
4.Risotto Rice
7.Red Cabbage
8.Pinot Noir
9. Strawberries
10. Stir-Fry
11. American
12. Dried Fruit

1. Banoffee Pie
2. Apple Crumble
3. Lemon
4. Biscuits

Chef Iya
1. Fish
2. Beans
3. Retro
4. Red Wine
5. Beef
6. Malaysia
7. Grill
8. Pineapple
9. Aubergine
10. Parsley
11. Fusion
12. Rice

1.Vanilla Pod


Chef Iya won the first round with her amazing Grilled Lemon-Parsley Fish with Couscous and Pineapple Aubergine Dip, I won the second round with my Crab Claw Arancini which was dubbed “scotch crab”.

Grilled Lemon Parsley Fish with Pineapple Aubergine Couscous by Chef Iya

Prawn Arancini by Chef Fregz

The dessert put us at a tie.
She came up with a Milk Chocolate Soufflette(a soufflé in a pan basically cooked like an omelette) with mixed Berries in a Strawberry Jam sauce with Whipped Cream. It was simple but terribly awesome! I had to go for seconds! Please don’t judge me.

Milk Chocolate Souffelette with Mixed berry jam sauce with whipped cream by Chef Iya

My interpretation of what i got for dessert is below;  a Banana Cream Tart with Apple and Some Home Made Ginger Nut Biscuit Ice cream.

Apple Banana Cream Tart by Chef Fregz

At the end of the day, Iya took the win when our guests asked us to go into each others kitchen and come up with a new dish with whatever we found there.

She made a layered biscuit and pain d’epice dessert which was too much competition for the stuffed Omelette and a Beef Bean Salad I made.

It was a great time cooking with Iya and sincerely I was excited she “beat” me. It was fun, challenging and completely exhilirating. If you like to see more of her work follow her on instagram @iyamilele. She’s a force to reckon with so you guys should watch out for her. And many thanks to my friend and photographer extraordinaire Demilade Banwo. Shout out to him for making our food look so amazing. You can find him @franksinatre on twitter and instagram and his blog @

So, the question for you guys is this…What recipe shall I put up? Just comment and say the recipe you want and I’ll post next week? Is it going to be The fish or the Crab Arancini?

As always, have a flavour filled weekend.

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. Goodnessme!

    August 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Love it!!!! I wanna throw down with ya’ll

    • Fregene Gbubemi

      August 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks… you would get the chance soon…. you never know

  2. purplepearl

    August 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Nice, The Fish recipe please

  3. cathy

    August 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    why not post both for us? would really be nice

  4. efe

    August 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Not interested!!!!

  5. Ib

    August 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Not interested???what??do u have eyes?…well everyone is entitled to their own opinion.sorry.
    Gosh…my eyes n my mouth have watered.This pics are amazing and if they taste as good as they look….food paradise.
    Chef Fregz do u have a school?If not pls think about opening one.I get bored with the day to day Nigerian dishes…variety is the spice of life.My favs would be pic #3 n pic #6

    • Fregene Gbubemi

      August 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Ib i dont have a school sadly… But please i apprieciate the love and support keep following on here you would pick a thing or two and when i organise a workshop you would come right?

  6. Amber

    August 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Ok…chef,this is fasting period nah.sound like u had some fun.anyway u could put up the fish recipe and this apple banana cream tart.cant wait!

  7. kniphe

    August 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I wish I could have being a guest. Pls post the fish recipe

  8. JJ

    August 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    This is great.. but oh I am hungry! I may be wrong but what I find interesting about this is the idea of masculinity and femininity being interpreted in your food. Her food looks feminine and yours looks masculine. I haven’t seen any of your posts before but she seems to play more with prettier colors and not too heavy foods while you keep yours a little bold (I think) like your Crab Claw Arancini (using claws, I think it is a guy’s idea), and more direct like your Prawn Arancini and Apple Banana Cream Tart.

    I’m salivating.

  9. Oguntimehin Susan

    July 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    4m d date above, its bn almst a year.. Pls du u av a workshop nw? Very interested. And ur work is simply splendid!

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