Fatmata Binta

Born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to first-generation Sierra Leonean Fulani of Guinean descent, Chef Fatmata Binta is a modern-day nomadic chef connected to Fulani culture, customs, and cuisine of the biggest Nomadic group in West and Central Africa. She grew up in a Fulani community. Chef Binta has travelled extensively, exploring diverse cooking techniques, ingredients, and ways of life and collaborating with internationally renowned chefs. Chef Binta’s fine dining experience with traditional Fulani cuisine has translated to her recent awards—2022 Basque Nobel Culinary World Prize, Best Chef Rising Star Awarded 2021 and the Founder of Fulani Kitchen Foundation, Founded in 2020. Bloomberg created a video showcasing Chef Binta’s vision & mission and to highlight the ancient grain fonio, which Chef Binta sees as a solution to food security in Africa and the rest of the world. The Basque World Prize enabled Chef Binta to provide machinery to help Fulani women harvest their crops less tediously, ultimately increasing supply locally and helping the women scale internationally.