Maria Bradford was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and now lives in Kent, England. She started cooking when she was 9 years old and has always loved cooking for her friends and family. When growing up in Sierra Leone, the dominant career advice was to become an accountant. Until her early 20's, she'd convinced herself that this was the career path for her. She studied for an accounting degree and worked in various finance roles and was unhappy and unfulfilled. Cooking is her calling. She learnt about the classics at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. Maria delivers memorable evenings for private dinners; caters for special occasions such as corporate events, weddings and charity dinners; and runs quarterly supper club events in London. She also has a product line consisting of two chilli sauces and drinks which are available on her website, www.mariabradfordkitchen.com “I love this job, I love creating new dishes and I want to be an ambassador for African ingredients, African food all inspired by my Sierra Leonean heritage.” You can find Maria Bradford Kitchen on Instagram and online at www.mariabradfordkitchen.com Interested in promoting your food product/service/event? Send details in an audio file to: yorm at essense 13 dot comListen to S3 E1 for guidelines on what to share in your file.

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