From grass to grace: Meet young Ghanaian who started as a ‘Pantry boy’ and now a professional ‘Ship Chef’

After sitting his Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) and the results not being as excellent as he envisioned, Edward Benjamin Lartey Adjartey relocated from Ho to Accra to re-sit his exams and whiles awaiting his results, he thought it wise to get a job to help him keep up. After several efforts due to the fact that he had no professional training in cooking, he was employed as a Pantry boy at Paloma, a popular restaurant in Accra, where he does dishes and keeps the kitchen clean always.

The opportunity came one morning when a Cook called in sick and Edward told the manager he can take up the responsibility because he learnt the basics of cooking whilst staying in Ho with his aunt who was a queen mother and also learnt more from the cooks at the restaurant. The manager obliged and truly, the banku and stew he prepared came out so excellent and palatable.

Realizing this great talent, Edward enrolled in Flair Catering School at Cantonments in Accra in 2004. 

After successfully graduating, the job search began. Due to his hard work and excellent performance, the school recommended him to Dr. Edmond Delle who was the then CPP National Chairman for whom he cooked for and did other house chores for 3 years.

After their contract expired, he was again introduced to one Mr. Asante at Odorkor and he worked for him for 5 years as a Cook. He also worked for a Lebanese national as a Cook for 2 years. Edward decided to further his education.

He enrolled in Regional Maritime University and pursued short courses in Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Proficiency in Elementary First Aid, Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques, Proficiency in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, and Proficiency for Seafarers with Security Awareness and Designated Security Duties.

After the completion of his courses, he got a job at Swire Pacific Offshore, a Singapore Vessel (ship) as a Messman.

Edward as a messman


The company later awarded him a scholarship to go upgrade his skills at United Marine Training Center in Phillipines which he successfully completed and he is currently a Chief Cook.

Speaking to Ebla Radio, Edward revealed that honesty, dedication and hardwork are the secrets to his success story and these qualities opened so many doors for him.

Edward at training in Phillipines

He still works with Swire Pacific Offshore and he also is the founder of Ebla Radio, an online radio based in Accra.

By: Denyce Efo Kodzo/


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