3 May 2023 , 7:00PM

Academy Restaurant

Food and wine pairing £80 Food £50

About this event


In partnership with the Oxford Cultural Collective, Ulster University is staging a Culinary Salon: a series of dinners hosted by some of the UK and Ireland’s most admired chefs and food writers. The events, which are staged in the new Academy restaurant in central Belfast, celebrate the cultural diversity that characterises our contemporary hospitality scene.

This creative initiative has been made possible through generous funding from the Savoy Educational Trust.

The eighth dinner in the series, to be held on the evening of Wednesday 3rd May, will be hosted by Andi Oliver.

Andi Oliver, one of the UK’s most well known and best loved broadcasters, is host of the BBC’s Great British Menu, a lead presenter on Food Unwrapped, a regular contributor to the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Live and is host of Sky Arts Book Club.

Andi’s first cookbook, Pepperpot Diaries: Tales From My Caribbean Table, will be published on 27th April 2023. Showcasing traditional and modern dishes and distinctive local ingredients, it will reveal the flavours of Andi’s childhood and track how Caribbean cuisine has evolved over time.

In a recent production for BBC2, The Caribbean with Andi and MiquitaAndi and her daughter embarked on a journey to explore their heritage, with visits to Antigua, Barbuda and Barbados. They met with those representing a diverse range of communities and explored the lasting legacy of colonialism on the people of the Caribbean, in what proved to be an emotional trip.

Andi has enjoyed a rich and varied career, built primarily around music and food. She rose to fame in the early 80s fronting the band Rip Rig with Neneh Cherry, before becoming a tv broadcaster. She presented the cult show Baadas TV with Ice T, the award-winning documentary Crazy Sexy Cool, the food show Neneh and Andi Dish It Up (with Neneh Cherry) and for six years she covered Glastonbury and other festivals for the BBC. In addition to her current headline tv roles she is a regular panel member on The Kitchen Cabinet with Jay Rayner and contributes to The Food Programme, both for BBC Radio 4.

She appeared in a gala performance of The Vagina Monologues at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Isabella Rossellini, Maureen Lipman and Meera Syal, which led to a three-month West End run with Michelle Gomez. She also appeared in the first series of The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.

Throughout all of this, Andi has continued to strengthen her culinary skills. For four years she ran a successful ephemeral restaurant, The Moveable Feast. After being creative director of The Birdcage pub on London’s Colombia road, she launched her own restaurant at The Jackdaw and Star, a renovated pub in the heart of Homerton. She opened her award-winning restaurant, Andi’s, in 2016, and in 2020 created her newest food project entitled Wadadli Kitchen, through which she celebrates real Caribbean home cooking.

Local suppliers include Picked Organic, Carnbrooke Meats, Ewing’s Seafood, Jubilee Farm, Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative, Broighter Gold, Ballylisk Dairies, La Rousse Foods