There is an obvious democracy in food: it’s a terrific social and cultural leveller. It’s an icebreaker among strangers. It’s a unifier among disparate groups. Collaborating through the language of food is, to me, an endless gift.

While I am learning daily from the Zambians with whom I collaborate, I am teaching them how to refashion their traditional and wild ingredients into a contemporary native cuisine that is being served in award-winning restaurants and lodges around the country.