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Discover the Flavors of Ghana at Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine!

Discover the Flavors of Ghana at Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine!

Discover the Flavors of Ghana at Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine!

We are thrilled to announce that Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine is now open inside Kern’s Food Hall, bringing the vibrant, bold flavors of traditional Ghanaian cuisine to Knoxville. Whether you’re craving succulent jollof rice, whole chicken, or savory lamb, Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine has something to satisfy every palate. Each dish is prepared with authentic spices and fresh ingredients, offering a true taste of Ghana in every bite. Come and explore the rich culinary heritage of West Africa right here at Kern’s Food Hall!

See What People Are Saying About Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine!

“Peanut Butter soup was excellent, plantains were outstanding. Topped off with a very flavorful beef tenderloin. Chef Ramson went out of his way to interact with personal customer service and samples. Excellent 1st experience at this newly opened location in the Kerns Food Hall.”

“The people who run Kandilige exemplify the joy of cooking in their warm and welcoming demeanor, their readiness to help you best navigate the carefully selected menu of fragrant and earthy Ghanaian dishes, and their generous portion sizes. The leg of lamb I ordered was deeply flavorful and tender, and the Ghanaian noodles that accompanied it were a lovely complement. I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of their offerings.”

“What an awesome spot to eat! Chef Ramson hasn’t disappointed us yet, and we eat here almost weekly. Everything we try is amazing and totally worth the price. The lamb, beef, chicken, jolof rice, and plantains are all fantastic!”

“Wow. Very glad I decided to eat here. Merely walking by you can experience the passion and joy from their kitchen. Ramsey is very passionate about cooking, and holds incredible stories of his life and experiences.”

Ghanian Culture

Ghana, a vibrant and culturally rich nation located on the west coast of Africa, is a place of diverse traditions and resilient people. Despite its relative political stability and growing economy, many Ghanaians face significant challenges in their daily lives. The struggle against poverty is a constant battle for a large portion of the population, compounded by issues such as inadequate access to quality education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. Rural areas, in particular, suffer from a lack of infrastructure, leaving many communities isolated and without essential services. Additionally, environmental challenges such as deforestation and water scarcity further complicate the living conditions for many Ghanaians. Despite these hardships, the spirit of the Ghanaian people remains unbroken, manifesting in their rich cultural expressions, warm hospitality, and unwavering hope for a better future. This spirit transcends into the cuisine of the Ghanaian people.

Ghanian Cuisine

Ghanaian cuisine is a vibrant and flavorful reflection of the nation’s cultural diversity and rich heritage. At the heart of this cuisine is a variety of staple foods such as yams, plantains, cassava, and rice, which are often paired with richly seasoned stews and soups. A popular dish is “jollof rice,” a one-pot meal made with tomatoes, onions, and spices, which can be served with various proteins like chicken, beef, or fish. Another beloved dish, “fufu,” is a starchy side made from pounded yams or cassava, typically accompanied by light soup, groundnut soup, or palm nut soup. Vibrant street food scenes offer delights such as “kelewele” (spicy fried plantains) and “kebab” (seasoned meat skewers). Ghanaian cuisine isn’t just about nourishment; it’s an experience that brings people together, celebrating communal ties and shared traditions through food. Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine perfectly harnesses this culture and cuisine into their dishes. Many are convinced the amazing food is the love poured in by the owner Ramson Ayuba.

Chef Ramson Ayuba

Ramson Ayuba, the talented chef behind the Ghanaian vendor Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine, takes immense pride in sharing the essence of Ghana through his culinary creations. Originally from Ghana, Ramson grew up surrounded by the vibrant flavors of his family’s restaurant, igniting his passion for feeding his community. After graduating from catering school, he began working in a restaurant. Fast forward 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Ramson decided to move his family to the United States. He started gaining just as much industry experience in the area. It wasn’t long before Ramson and his wife decided to open a non-profit aiding in delivering nutrient-rich foods to the underfed. Now, Ramson has a new storefront at Kern’s Food Hall that is the talk of the town.

Come try Kandilige Today!

So, if you are eager to explore the rich and diverse flavors of West Africa, there’s no better place to start than Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine. Chef Ramson Ayuba brings the heart and soul of Ghanaian cuisine to life with every dish he prepares. Whether you’re craving the savory warmth of jollof rice, the comforting taste of peanut butter soup, or the leg of lamb. Kandilige Ghanian Cuisine has something to tantalize your taste buds. Visit their new storefront at Kern’s Food Hall and experience a culinary journey that not only satisfies your hunger but also celebrates the vibrant culture of Ghana. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste the love and tradition poured into each meal by Chef Ayuba—come and discover the essence of Ghana right in your neighborhood.


2201 Kern’s Rising Way

Knoxville, TN 37920

Monday-Thursday: 7am – 9pm

Friday: 7am – 10pm

Saturday: 8am – 10pm

Sunday: 8am-9pm

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