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African food ‘belongs on the global food stage’

KwaZulu-Natal-born chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu (43) believes South African cuisiniers need to take pride in their own food by developing it, documenting it, and sharing it with the world. Her self-published cookbook, Through the eyes of an African chef, embodies this notion by telling the intricate...

Home cook challenging gender roles in the kitchen

For 30-year-old home cook Sinoyolo Sifo it is odd that most men still believe cooking is a woman’s job in a world where a significant number of chefs in the professional kitchens are male. This is a clear...

Anosmic home cook tastes her way in the kitchen

“I read somewhere that great cooking comes from people who have an innate capacity to taste, see and smell, but I totally disagree”. So says 56-year-old...

Easter Lockdown: Here’s what we will be missing

This year, the Easter holidays will be a far cry from what we’re used to in Mzansi. Under different circumstances travel bags would’ve been packed for families to take a well-deserved break for the long weekend.   Instead South Africa and the rest...

Care and passion the secret to creating delectable dishes

The key ingredients to creating mouth-watering dishes are not readily available in any supermarket, believes resident Spier Farm Café head chef Hennie Nel (35). Instead it takes “care and passion,” he says. “Those two things are key to making a dish...

21 recipes to keep you sane during Covid-19 lockdown

Social distancing and to self-quarantine is Mzansi’s new normal. Our 21-day lockdown to try and limit the spread of Covid-19 has officially kicked in,...

Good food has the ability to heal the mind, says food stylist

Khanya Mzongwana has her fingers in many pies. The 30-year-old food stylist develops recipes for Woolworths TASTE Magazine  and Times Live and she’s a brand ambassador for Devil's Peak Beer.   She uses her innovative food brain to create dishes for the new kid on the culinary block, No Rules...

Sons inspire Mommy food blogger

Self-published cookbook author Reezwanah Seedat draws inspiration for her food blog, Treetz by Reez, from her four energetic sons. The 35-year-old admits that feeding her big family can be daunting, but once she discovered creative ways to keep their growling tummies happy the foodie within her was born.   “I’ve...

Young chef believes Mzansi needs more women in culinary sphere

Women have long reigned supreme in the kitchen and are an inspiration to many of Mzansi’s culinary giants. But the head chef at Wish...

Jozi family wows Sowetans with extravagant African dishes

A family of Johannesburg cooks is spreading their love for fine dining experiences through their family-run catering and events company.   Sibu Nyembe (30), together with his family of avid cooks, founded Nitrogen Events...

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Township entrepreneurs on defensive about ‘spaza shop’ spin-offs

The Shoprite Group’s Usave retail chain recently introduced mobile stores in township communities to give people easier access to food purchases during the nation-wide...

From ‘write-off’ to multi-award-winning international crop exporter

When 27-year-old Uzair Essack saw his peers graduate two to three years before him, he never imagined that he would one day own a multi-award-winning export company that would gain...

Back to school: Don’t ignore kids’ coronavirus anxiety

With the first learners due to return to school after the covid-19 lockdown shortly, experts have urged parents to help their children cope with...

Didiza thanks farmers, agri organisations for generosity

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, has expressed her appreciation for farmers, farmers’ organisations and agribusinesses that go out of their way to show humanity towards the destitute.  May organisations showed ubuntu by donating and contributing food parcels,...

Covid-19 boosts digitisation of agriculture industry

The covid-19 shock has propelled the agriculture sector into taking a giant technological leap forward. We’ve seen farmers adopting digital and social media platforms to sell produce directly to...