[Sh•wen Sh•wen] Adjective
Derived from the Krio language word for fancy
Our mission is simple. To bring you a whole new world of flavours.
Whether catering for dinner parties, weddings, or corporate events,
we draw inspiration from traditional African recipes and our colourful
Sierra Leonean culture to offer an authentic experience.
Always with a distinctive Maria Bradford twist infused into each dish.
You call it ‘Fancy’. We call it Shwen Shwen.
Wedding catering & family parties
We are here to make your big day extra special. Wedding food should be colourful, elegant, and creative, and if there’s one thing our traditional Sierra Leonean heritage has taught us it’s how to party!
Corporate catering & private dining
There’s no question; good food brings people together. Our Sierra Leonean dishes welcome clients and colleagues to a new world of taste. We can design a menu to break the ice and make the conversations flow.
Sweet Salone Book is out now
As a small country on the west coast of Africa, throughout its history Sierra Leone has always embraced diversity – and this willingness to discover and grow has shaped Sierra Leone’s rich food culture. Forged by history, people and place, the cuisine is completely unique.
Maria Bradford’s recipes, inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, seek to recreate the traditional meals of Maria’s childhood, introducing delicious Afro-fusion dishes and flavours. Characterised by key ingredients including tamarind, beans, sesame seeds, mango, chilli and pineapple, in Maria’s hands these ingredients become something truly special. Moreover, she tells the story of the cuisine and the people, shedding light on everyday life through exclusive location photography.
“I surprised my wonderful wife, with an amazing private dining experience with Maria Bradford. She re-imagined old favorites and brought them to life in a new way. Constantly pushing the envelope of Sierra Leonean culture through its cuisine. We are grateful for pioneering minds like hers”.
Meddie & Hannah
“She’s the gold standard of Sierra Leonean cuisine in London. She’s fused regular back-home dishes with European fare, creating exciting and original offerings”.
“Maria’s dishes are refreshing and exciting and she has breathed, a much needed, new life into West African Cuisine and has created a fine dining experience like no other. Her understanding of flavour profiles and combinations will blow the mind of anyone who has the opportunity to taste her food”.
“Maria’s chili sauce is amazingly delicious … not only does it deliver on the heat factor, it is also full of flavour”.
Mrs Rosaline Thomas
“If Sierra Leone has a Ministry of food, then Maria is our Ambassador in London. So proud of her”.