Ghanaian chef makes healthy food for kids

Carol Z. Shane

Amina and Ransom Ayuba run Kandilige Spicy Food, featuring Ransom’s authentic Ghanaian cooking, and The Kandilige Community Foundation, which seeks to feed children healthy meals. They’re shown with their daughter, Firdaus.

Ramson Ayuba, who cooks authentic Ghanaian food at the Real Good Kitchen under the name Kandilige Spicy Food and sells it regularly at Crafty Bastard Brewery in downtown Knoxville, has quite a story to tell.

Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, as a young man he became distressed to see beautiful seaside property being trashed and defiled. When he expressed concern to some of his older relatives, they revealed some surprising information: that piece of land was actually owned by his family.

Ramson and his brother started clearing the land in the late ’90s. “We thought ‘it is by the sea; people will come here.’ We brought an ice chest, put in a few drinks. We sold the drinks. Then we built a structure, brought in electricity.”

Among chef Ramson Ayuba’s specialties are meats grilled or baked with traditional Ghanaian seasoning.

By early 2001 they were operating a business there. “We wanted to make it a restaurant so that people can sit and enjoy the breeze. Something to make people’s lives better.” Ramson became the chef, cooking recipes his mother had taught him.

Now a successful Ghanaian tourist and local destination, Osekan Beach Resort is currently run by Ramson’s cousin.

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