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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.

Chef Khosi made a promise that created a thriving business

Eight years ago, Khosi Mpiti (39) made a vow to himself, following the passing of his mother. To live out her legacy, he would finally become a qualified chef living their shared cooking dream in the professional kitchen.

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From brewery waste to spinach: SAB shines with Imifino

South African Breweries? Spinach? Economic salvation? You may be wondering how these seemingly incomparable items unite. Well, SAB has launched the first fully green biological treatment system for a brewery in Africa, creating much-needed jobs in the process.

FS state vet services ‘almost non-existent’

Getting a state veterinarian to visit their farms is close to impossible. This is according to livestock farmers in the Free State, who say that veterinarians often cite a lack of resources and empty fuel tanks as reasons for not doing call-outs.

Papaya industry in a seriously downward spiral

It is no secret that papayas are relatively easy to grow, but insanely difficult to market. Now an industry insider tells Food For Mzansi that the papaya industry is in a rapid decline with little hope in sight.

Mpumalanga PALS ‘a major step for land reform in Mzansi’

The establishment of Mpumalanga PALS shifts the focus from politics to sustainable agriculture, says Agri SA’s Christo van der Rheede. The critically acclaimed land reform initiative was launched at the Mbombela stadium moments ago.

Meyer steps down from FS chamber of commerce

Renaldo Meyer has resigned as the CEO of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry with immediate effect from 18 October, 2021.