After falling in love with Olivier Vullierme, a Franco-Senegalese engineer, and following him to Dakar, she began studying French-language cooking websites hoping to impress him. What started out as a gesture of affection began to change her life, as she experimented with savoury dishes for him, and plenty of cakes for herself.
Dishes cooked at home for her husband were carefully photographed and posted on Facebook, leading to inquiring emails from friends.
All were quick and simple but at times offered unusual combinations that are something of a trademark.
Vullierme describes himself as "very proud" of his wife but says few realise the enormous amount of time spent creating recipes, taking photos and videos, and responding individually to fans -- a must in the social media age. (AFP)
Vignon-Vullierme said her plan was never to "teach people how to cook", but simply how to eat properly with inexpensive ingredients widely available. She can now make her mother proud by throwing together an amiwo, a dish from Benin made with cornflour and chicken.
But, she says, her target are young city-dwellers, who "no longer have the time to spend three or four hours in the kitchen". (AFP)