Quite sure no one is interested in all the nitty gritty details, So maybe we should talk a bit about the rift between Ify and Nadine. There is always another side to every story, but I will give you Nadine’s version of it, and Nadine doesn’t lie.They had both had a little culinary stint at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, just fresh out of the University, Nadine wasn’t really interested in cooking, but she was smart enough to recognise that to be able to plan an event you needed to know Food, Wine, Décor and everything in between. So, she wanted to understand the art behind good food, so she could always know what she wanted. Ify on the other hand was actually very interested in cooking and everything that had to do with it. In spite of their different reasons for being there, they both hit it off initially, probably due to their Nigerian ties.
Well, two strong personalities as friends…hardly ever a good idea, they were competitive, academically and socially, then Ify pulled a stinker when she spread a rumour about Nadine being the mistress to a wealthy Arab business man. Not that it did anything to Nadine’s rep, cos when it comes to amoreux, the French had no boundaries. Ify had actually put out the gossip just so she could get the attention of the gorgeous Jacques Guillaume, who was the youngest chef at the time in the institute and he happened to have a thing for Nadine who he fondly called la deesse.Well, I won’t bore you with all the in betweens especially, since I wasn’t in France to see for myself, but the bottom line is they stopped being friends. And even as successful as they both are, they still act like this Lagos is not big enough for both of them.
Suffice it to say that after the wedding we both had earned one of those vacations many only dream of, Nadine to Milan and Barbados and I to Greece and Paris. Of course, when I picked Greece I did not reckon Steph would be my pilot! From the ancient and romantic Thessaloniki to the beautiful Katerini , Steph and I in Greece beyond words…. but as always we will have to talk about this in my next piece.