He is a part of what can be called, ‘the new-age Nigerian youth’, who are carving out niches for themselves as creatives outside of the regular professional career paths.
Gbubemi Fregene, also known as “Chef Fregz” was born in the south-western Nigerian city of Abeokuta.
Fregene left Nigeria in early 2010 to study for a Diploma in Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Paris, France. A school that has, in the past, churned out worldwide cuisine’s finest in the world; including Gaston Acurio, Mario Batali, Simone Beck and David Burtka. At the institute, he learned classical French cooking techniques while also absorbing cultural influences from around the world.
On completion of his diploma at Le Cordon Bleu, he worked as an intern at the Prestigious Market Restaurant, Paris, between November 2010 and February 2011. Fregene became the only one of that batch of interns who was retained and employed by the restaurant after the internship period.
On his return to Nigeria, the “Chef Fregz” brand was birthed out of a need for the young chef to communicate and connect with the upwardly mobile crowd which he has serviced hitherto.
Chef Fregz™ Special at Cafe Licious steadily gained momentum and a cult following and grew and moved to GET Arena in Oniru. He also became the chief columnist for Bellanaija Cuisine and this has created a rapidly growing online presence via Bellanaija, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Chef Fregz also serves as one of the resident judges on the hit TV show Knorr Taste Quest.
As a private chef, he has catered for several events; from breakfast meetings to offshore dinners, from middle class to top class, people and is gaining a rapidly growing reputation in this industry as a young chef who has something new and different to offer.
As a Chef, Fregene’s passion is to merge creativity that is fresh and unbridled with elements of the budding youth culture and the world-class training he received at Le Cordon Bleu. This enables him to make every meal a truly unique culinary experience.
Chef Fregz has a few strong names under his belt so far. These include Leadway Assurance, Hercules Offshore, Eventful Ltd, Polo Store, Puma, Hugo Boss, D.O II Designs, The US Consulate, and The Italian Consulate.
Chef Fregz is a Knorr chef who believes that in order to create great tasty meals you need a lot of love and passion.