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YK is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Maryam Wright and Malvin Wright in London Ontario’s Old East Village and is located (housed) at the London Food Incubator. Yaya’s Kitchen is a Social Enterprise that seeks to create a space to tell the story of the Black Experience through Food. Many people in London, Ontario do not know that The Old East Village is also the historical home of the London Black Community. The Black Community has been part of the city since the 1800’s and is a part of the community fabric, identity and narrative. South Western Ontario served as a stop on the Historical Underground Railroad that transported runaway slaves from the United States to Canada for freedom.

Maryam and Malvin have a passion for cooking, creativity, community and story telling. Maryam has been cooking since she was a little girl growing up in Northern Nigeria. She is the eldest of 4 and has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Food Handlers certificate from the London Training Institute. Malvin attended George Brown Culinary School before attending University. He has been a Head Chef, Sous Chef and Chef de Partie in fine dining restaurants in Toronto and Peterborough.  Malvin is a Community Development practitioner and has worked in over 5 countries in Africa and Latin America with International Development organizations. They have 4 Children and spend the majority of their time in their kitchen cooking, watching movies, and listening to CBC Radio with their kids. They have lived in Jos, Nigeria, Baker Lake, Nunavut and now London, Ontario and have enjoyed the journey every step of the way.

Yaya’s Kitchen began in their backyard in 2017 and slowly spilled into the kitchen and dinning room. They held monthly pop-up events featuring the foods from Northern Nigeria and the Sahel region that introduced friends and strangers to new taste’s, aromas and preparation. They held their first Supper Club in 2019 with tremendous success and have never looked back. 

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Maryam

Executive Chef

Hugely passionate about the industry, his breadth of knowledge and desire to exceed guest expectations is at the forefront of his approach to wine service.

Malvin

Executive Chef

Hugely passionate about the industry, his breadth of knowledge and desire to exceed guest expectations is at the forefront of his approach to wine service.