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Alumni Stories: Aji Akokomi and Akoko

/ Categories Alumni, #MadeAtLeiths, #LeithsLoves / Author: Hilary Armstrong

Alumni Stories: Aji Akokomi and Akoko

Former IT project professional Aji Akokomi opened his innovative West African restaurant Akoko in Fitzrovia in central London in October 2020. In its first year, Akoko made it into the National Restaurant Awards Top 100. Here, the first-time restaurateur explains how Akoko came into being and why he chose to study at Leiths before taking the plunge. Read more

Alumni Interview: Tom Tsappis at Killiecrankie house

/ Categories Alumni, #MadeAtLeiths, #LeithsDiplomaLife / Author: Hilary Armstrong

Alumni Interview: Tom Tsappis at Killiecrankie house

We last caught up with Leiths Diploma Graduate Tom Tsappis when he and his sommelier girlfriend (now wife) Matilda Ruffle were running their successful supper club Elia in south London. Since then Londoner Tom and Matilda, who grew up in Scotland, have upped sticks to the Cairngorms National Park where they opened their five-bedroom property Killiecrankie House in November 2021. The Irn Bru pâte de fruits and Stornaway black pudding madeleines are two reasons to start planning a trip. Tom tells us more. Read more

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