Mama Nezaa Bandele

Born in Jamaica but a Detroiter choice, Chef Nezaa Bandele, or better known as Mama Nezaa, is passionate about sharing a plant-based lifestyle with eaters of all walks of life. Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or a carnivore through and through, Mama Nezaa wants to share her love of food that will truly nourish you – body and soul.

Since the eighties, Mama Nezaa has been feeding Detroit vegan food wherever and however she can! She’s raised three children in the city and feels connected to its roots. For her, food is more than something you eat, it’s your story. Each meal she prepares for Paradise Natural Foods tells the stories of the Black diaspora because as an immigrant, and a Detroiter, she knows that you can move anywhere but a bite of food will bring you back home. She hopes that the people she feeds will find themselves in her food – she hopes they find a little of their story intertwined with hers.