POCC Productions teamed up with Uber Eats and HarrimanSteel on ‘Eat Like a Local’ – a series of short films celebrating the chefs and cuisine behind some of the UK’s favourite Black-owned restaurants available to order on the Uber Eats app.
Directed by Tanya Noushka, and hosted by Clement Ogbannaya – Nigerian entrepreneur and owner of Prince Peckham South London – the films follow the restaurants and owners of Zeret Kitchen, Flygerians, Jerk Junction, Ryan’s Kitchen and Trap Kitchen. As a collection, the films are an appreciation of unsung cultures and foods of the UK. Spotlighting two of the five restaurants, read more of their stories below:
Zeret Kitchen is the London spot for Ethiopian food, and is packed with people from weekday opening time at 5pm. The owner, Tafe, originally ran a greasy-spoon, working early mornings until mid afternoon. It was only after she was continually asked by the locals on Camberwell Road about what she was eating herself at lunch that she realised that people were intrigued by, and interested in trying, Ethiopian cuisine. Tafe has now become a local favourite, winning the hearts of the community serving traditional dishes with plenty of vegan options, too. In this spot, we focused on Tafe’s chosen dish: Awaze Tibs which blends ingredients such as spiced cubes of selected lean lamb sauteed with onions, garlic, green peppers and awaze – a red chilli sauce. This served alongside T’edj, a local version of mead, a drink made from fermented honey to which the leaves and bud of the gesho plant are added.