Victor Bongo

Chef Victor Bongo was hard at work in the Soupateria kitchen on Friday, serving bowls of his grandmother’s — and now his — famous African peanut soup.

Penticton Soupateria visitors were treated to a celebrity chef’s family recipe Friday afternoon.

Chef Victor Bongo was hard at work in the Soupateria kitchen, serving bowls of his grandmother’s — and now his — famous African peanut soup.

Bongo is so passionate about helping the less fortunate, he said, that he’s taking a break from his pop-up bistro at Serendipity Winery next year in order to be more present at the Soupateria.

“I’m going to focus on giving back to the community,” he said. “Next year, I definitely want to be involved more than once.”

He’ll still be running his restaurant, Bongo BBQ, in Naramata and adding a breakfast service as well.

“I’ve made this soup on TV, and all around the world,” he said, adding people flock to his restaurant for it.