Kenyan-style grilled meat

Chef Liberato Obi Tewa of Britannia's Jambo Restaurant shares his recipe for nyama choma.

Nyama choma will be on the menu at Farm Radio's annual African Harvest fundraising dinner June 8

Chef Liberato Obi Tewa displays some of the dishes he'll be serving at African Harvest. (Mario Carlucci/CBC)

Chef Liberato Obi Tewa is juggling even more plates than usual these days.

In addition to running kitchens in Ottawa at Jambo Restaurant and in Montreal, Tewa is also in charge of catering this year's African Harvest dinner — an annual fundraiser for Farm Radio International taking place June 8 at the Cereal Barn at the Central Experimental Farm.

Tewa's east and central African menu will include several dishes familiar to patrons at his Kempster Avenue restaurant in Britannia.

According to Tewa, the key to all of his offerings is to start with fresh ingredients.

"Fresh corn. Fresh beans. Everything we cook in Jambo, we always cook fresh," said Tewa, who's preparing a beef stew for the big night called nyama mchuzi, along with githeri, a corn, bean and kale dish.

Tewa will also feature a marinated grilled steak called nyama choma at the fundraiser, hosted by CBC Ottawa's Hallie Cotnam.

According to Farm Radio's website, all proceeds from African Harvest support their work using radio as a tool for international development — particularly when it comes to small-scale farmers in some of Africa's most remote villages.

Here's a version of Tewa's grilled nyama choma you can try at home.

A sample of nyama choma, from Ottawa's Jambo Restaurant. (Mario Carlucci/CBC)

Grilled nyama choma


  • 2 steaks or short ribs, beef or goat, whole or cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of your favourite steak spice
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon Juice


  1. Mince garlic and ginger.
  2. Blend them with steak spices.
  3. Add the lemon juice, oil and splash of water.
  4. Put the mixture in a bowl and immerse the steak.
  5. Transfer to a clean container, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.
  6. Remove from the marinade and grill on your barbecue or oven to your desired tenderness.


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