Hello! I’m Alex
Certified Culinary and Pastry Chef
My name is Alex Oke, a bi-national Nigerian/Russian chef. I’m based in Lagos and I’m passionate about bread, pastry and confections. I trained in both the culinary and pastry arts (classical/contemporary French cuisine) at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Vancouver, Canada from January-December, 2014. Whilst at PICA, I staged at the Fairmont Vancouver, Beta 5 and Thomas Haas. I also worked for a period at Lear Faye in East Vancouver before returning to Nigeria as pastry chef at Tarragon Restaurant, and chef instructor at the Culinary Academy in Ikoyi, Lagos.
I earned an undergraduate honors degree in Management in the USA (2006), and a graduate degree with distinction in International Marketing Management (2012) in the UK prior to finding my calling in the culinary/pastry arts. I worked professionally as an FMCG marketing manager and a digital marketing/branding specialist during that time. I went on to volunteer at ASSAF (Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) in Tel Aviv, Israel (2013) before embarking on my culinary career.
I’m currently chef owner at XO Boutique Bakery on Victoria Island in Lagos. We feature traditional French and new world breads, viennoiserie, and pastries with a modern flair. I enjoy hosting dinner events with other Lagos based chefs and culture collectives, and consulting on cafe, bistro and restaurant menus around the city. I’ve given masterclass demos at prominent food festivals in Lagos, including the GTBank Food & Drink Fair, Fiesta of Flavours and Fitfam Fest. I’m also a contributor to BellaNaija Cuisine, Smooth 98.1FM, and have been featured in ThisDay Style, Sunday Punch, and Discovery for Men Magazine.