Everyday Home: Cooking with Chef Les

Discover Chef Les's recipes that will make your mouth water

12 Jun 2020 . 13,101 Views

Lesiamon ole Sempele, better known as Chef Les, is going to take us on a sizzling journey in this episode of Everyday Home.

The Everyday Home series is a collection of fun ideas to keep you busy while you are keeping safe at home. We give you suggestions on recipes you can try out, books to read, movies and a range of other fun things you can do during this period.  

Chef Les’s tantalizing decade-long culinary journey has taken him to 17 countries — in a cruise ship. He is currently an executive chef at Nyama Mama’s Delta Towers branch in Nairobi.

His passion, which he discovered at five years, has seen him cook his way into a profession peppered with skills from the Top Chefs Culinary Institute and Utalii College.

Chef Les is driven by the desire to enrich the taste buds of different people with the Kenyan cuisine. This has seen him prepare delicacies for celebrities such as late Anthony Bourdain, an American celebrity chef.

And when he’s not cooking, Chef Les is immersed in Nairobi’s eclectic art and music scene.

In the last few months, he has been using his skills and talents to outreach initiatives such as Mama to the Rescue to help frontline workers and out-of-work hospitality workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first installment of the Everyday Home series, Chef Les will blend Kenyan, Italian and Mexican cuisines. He will transform mbuzi leg into an Italian-inspired ragu, accompanied by a Kenyan-Mexican fusion of mahindi choma, a cream-infused ugali, and a broccoli and mushroom mash-up.


Goat Ragu

Cooking time: 60 minutes

  • 2.5 kilograms Goat Leg
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 5 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Leek, diced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1 Celery stalk, diced
  • 2 tablespoons, Tomato Paste
  • 1.5 cups, Goat Stock
  • 2 cups, Cabernet Merlot Wine

Mahindi Choma

Cooking time: 15 minutes (180 degrees)

  • 3 ears, Yellow Corn
  • 1 tablespoon, Salt
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon, Chili Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon, Black Pepper
  • 1 sprig, Thyme

Broccoli & Mushroom

Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • 250 grams, Broccoli
  • 1 punnet Mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons, Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon, Butter


Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • 500 grams, Yellow Maize Flour
  • 1 ¼ cups, Water
  • 45 milliliters, Fresh Cream




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