Months shy of graduating from University of Wolverhampton, Tolu “Eros” Erogbogbo took a leap of faith. At age 21, he decided to follow his love for food, drop out of college and return home to Lagos, Nigeria to open his very own restaurant.
“My food has always brought people together,” said Erogbogbo. “And then I realized that food was not only my passion, but my purpose.”
Today, Erogbogbo is known around the world by a different name: Chef Eros or “The Billionaire Chef.” His cooking has taken him from Lagos to Los Angeles where he now works as the Executive Chef and Founder of ILÉ PDR, a West African private dining experience in Hollywood and ILÉ Bistro, an elevated casual offshoot of ILÉ PDR, which debuted inside Citizen Public Market March 2023.
Last month, Chef Eros added another title to his impressive resume: (RED)UCATOR, where he will use his global platform to amplify (RED)’s mission to fight AIDS and the injustices that allow it to thrive.
(RED) and Chef Eros have exciting collaborations in development, but the work has already started with Chef Eros using his private dining experience in Los Angeles as a platform to share (RED)’s mission.
“It is such an honor to be the first African Chef to join the (RED) family. I have always dreamt of a day when my work could be used for good and to make an impact. Now that I am able to use my voice as a (RED)UCATOR and to support what (RED) is doing, it is such an exciting moment for me,” said Chef Eros. “We are just getting started!”
Chef Eros joins fellow (RED)UCATORS, including athlete Carl Nassib, actors Damson Idris, Dayo Okeniyi, and Lexi Underwood, as well as longtime supporters, chef Hong Thaimee, actor Javier Muñoz and comedian Phoebe Robinson.
“We are honored to have Chef Eros as part of our exceptional group of (RED)UCATORS. His creativity, passion and culinary talent is going to supercharge our work and bring a new level of awareness and urgency to our fight against AIDS,” said Jennifer Lotito, President and COO, (RED).
Over the past 17 years, (RED) and its family of partners including: Apple, Anova, Ember, Fiat Panasonic and many more, have generated over $750 million for the Global Fund and impacted 245 million lives. (RED)UCATORS like Chef Eros are invaluable to helping (RED) cook up incredible activations and awareness that help save lives.
Stay tuned for more exciting details and follow Chef Eros @THEBILLIONARECHEF to learn more about his work and support of (RED)!