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Wo'se Afi Shabaka

My community is in need of health and wellness based food places where we care about ingredients and circulating the dollar.

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How long have you been cooking?

I have been cooking for about 10 + years, 7 inside vegan restaurants as prep and 7 years cooking for my own business.

What is your signature dish?

Our vegan veggie patties are not quite Jamaican patties and not quite empanadas, every culture has patties. Our patties have a wheat or spelt crush with different fillings inspired by diasporic cultures. Fillings such as Curry Potato, Kale, Cabbage, Apple, Sweet Yam, Mushroom spinach and more. People come from all around to get patties from our Pop Up and are requesting them shipped. It has made a huge impact in the transitional periods of healthier eating for my community and more.

What will you do with the $50,000?

I will be opening a space in my community dedicated to health and wellness where we would also have live stream talks, cooking classes and yoga. We want to mass produce products and get them inside of store all over, especially our veggie patties.