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The village girl who found culinary stardom

With her ever-present smile and obvious skill in the kitchen, Siphokazi Mdlankomo stole Mzansi’s heart on M-Net’s MasterChef series. While working her way towards becoming the competition's runner-up, she wowed the judges with each hearty home-cooked dish. But before she became a culinary star, she was just a village girl who loved to farm and bake.

Boyhood dreams now reality for KZN executive chef

As a young boy, chef Zacharia Maseko was told that the kitchen is no place for a man. So, he flipped the script and became an executive chef.

Retrenchment to rebirth: Andriette got her smile back

Like thousands of South Africans, Andriette de la Harpe was dumbstruck when she lost her job in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Slowly, but surely she got her mojo back – and today she is the inspiration behind a cakery that helps people to create new memories.

Jumping ship for culinary success

Chasing dreams may be the greatest risk one could take, especially during these trying times. But the risk wasn't great enough to keep Katlego Suze from pursuing her dream. The chef...

Meet the TikToker who eats out for the greater good

With nearly 25 000 followers on TikTok, chef Zingisa Memela says she is on a mission to bring healing to small eateries throughout the country. She shares all her dining experiences on the popular social media platform.

Bernard found his mojo in a Rwandan rainforest

Imagine being a chef surrounded by a tea plantation and rainforest. This is the life of Bernard Hartzenberg who shares a little bit of South Africa with every meal he cooks for the world’s rich and famous. Truth be told, though, he really misses slaptjips and vetkoek.

Recipe: Bernard Hartzenberg’s Asian-infused Cape Malay curry

RECIPE: Cape Malay curry is known for combining sweet and savoury flavours. Cape Town-born chef Bernard Hartzenberg infuses it with some Asian delicacies.

Chef Mandisa Mfenyana adds love to every scoop

“The secret ingredient to any meal is love,” Soweto-born chef Mandisa Mfenyana (27) says passionately.

From bullied teen to 15-year-old kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting her own food business.

Miss SA hopefuls share their biggest kitchen secrets

To usher in Women’s Month in August, five of the Miss SA hopefuls shared a few of their kitchen secrets and cooking tips with Food For Mzansi.

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Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

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Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.