Riaz Phillips

Food

Rachel Ama and the Trouble with Apolitical Food

The rising vegan YouTube star treads carefully around the tangled politics of race and veganism. For her, making accessible plant-based recipes is a form of activism.
Ruby Tandoh
7.16.19
Food

Jollof Box Wants to Be the Next Leon

Despite missing out on a 'Dragons' Den' investment, Matthew​ Omeye-Howell hopes to make his West African food business the next Leon: “It’s authentic but everyone can enjoy it.”
Riaz Phillips
6.18.19
Easter

The Hidden Iconography in Jamaican Easter Food

From steamed fish and hard dough to bun and cheese, traditional Jamaican Easter food reflects the country’s rich and complex Christian history.
Riaz Phillips
4.18.19
diáspora

How Roti Helped These London Chefs Reconnect with Their Caribbean Roots

"I had to step out my house to find my Caribbean culture."
Riaz Phillips
3.8.19
japan

Inside Japan's Surprising But Thriving Jamaican Food Scene

Bob Marley’s 1979 tour of Japan sparked underground interest in Jamaican culture—and food. I met some of Japan’s reggae super fans who started their own Caribbean food spots.
Riaz Phillips
2.27.19
Nigerian food

This Nigerian Harvest Festival Celebrates the Yam in All Its Glory

Every year, hundreds gather to sample traditional Nigerian dishes at London’s annual Iri-ji New Yam Festival, a celebration of the yam crop in Igboland.
Riaz Phillips
12.7.18
London

North London's Beloved Latinx Market Is Under Threat From Gentrification

Tottenham’s Latin Village is at risk of being turned into flats—but the local Latin American community is fighting back.
Riaz Phillips
11.21.18
West African food

How a New Generation Is Building on Britain's Long History of West African Food

And why there’s so much more to explore, from Nigerian egusi soup and Ghanaian kelewele to Senegalese thieboudienne.
Riaz Phillips
11.1.18
vegan food

Meet the New Faces of Jamaican Veganism

Vegan food was once the remit of small Rasta Ital shacks, but a new wave of plant-based eating is emerging in Jamaica.
Riaz Phillips
7.11.18
JAMAICA

It’s Not Jerk Chicken Unless It’s Cooked in a Jerk Drum

Fashioned from disused oil barrels and fired up on front lawns, beachside bars, and bootleg markets, Jamaica’s jerk drums are almost as iconic as the chicken.
Riaz Phillips
6.5.18
JAMAICA

No One Hustles Harder Than Jamaica’s Roadside Food Shack Owners

Faced with expensive building materials and prohibitive business loan costs, food entrepreneurs in Jamaica set up makeshift restaurants on the side of roads and home driveways.
Riaz Phillips
5.22.18
british food

British Food Wouldn’t Be the Same without the Windrush Generation

Early Caribbean migrants helped rebuild Post-War Britain’s healthcare and transport systems, but they also revolutionised its food scene. Now, this pioneering generation faces deportation due to newly tightened immigration policy.
Riaz Phillips
4.19.18
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