Maria Bradford launches Shwen Shwen.

Maria Bradford Kitchen has re-branded and we are proud to launch Shwen Shwen.

We’re thrilled to unveil our refreshed brand identity. This demonstrates the evolution and progress of Maria Bradford Kitchen since its conception in 2017.  While this is a significant change, our core beliefs haven’t changed.  We are still hell bent on inspiring, elevating culture, connecting people, and making a difference through food.  Over the last few months, we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a new image that would accurately depict what Maria Bradford Kitchen is about.  It’s purpose!

The inspiration behind this re-brand lies in how Maria styles her food, the fine ingredients and exquisite flavours she draws on, but it’s much more than that.

Since opening her kitchen in 2017, Maria has cooked Afro-fusion food inspired by her Sierra Leonean heritage.  Africa is the final frontier of food and a continent that is rich in resources, with untapped agricultural potential.  Maria is gathering a new breed of explorers.  Foodies!  

Foodies, willing to pay a fair price for precious resources, genuinely interested in African culture and traditions. They seek new ingredients, new flavours, and see value in techniques that have been forgotten. This new generation are keen to expand their horizons and understand the perspective of those on the other side of the frontier.  This new breed of explorers will take nothing but memories, and leave only an enduring positive social and economic footprint.  

This is about people and food.

It is about connecting people through food. 

Why Shwen Shwen?

Many people have described Maria Bradford’s as fancy.  Shwen Shwen is a phrase used in her native Krio meaning ‘fancy’ and many of her fellow Sierra Leonean’s have said to Maria “dis na Shwen Shwen it”. At Shwen Shwen we source high quality producers, create stunning dishes, offer new experiences and serve them to people with a refined interest in food. 

If you desire something fresh, vibrant, exotic and flavoursome then join us.  We intend to put Afro-fusion cuisine and traditional Sierra Leonean dishes on the map.  In doing so we are going to have a lot of fun on the way, but this is also about creating a platform on which others can build. We are keen to connect with African producers, suppliers and more broadly other creatives within the diaspora that share our passion for elevating culture, connecting people and making a difference through what we do.   

Connect with us!

  • We are fancy – We are sophisticated and critically acclaimed.
  • We are cultured – We are proud of ours and respectful of others.
  • We are citizens – We stand against inequalities and imagine a better world.
  • We are not what you expect – We are changing perceptions one meal at a time.

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