Nineteen women from all corners of Mzansi were honoured for their contribution to the food and hospitality sector at the FOOD XX Awards in Cape Town on Tuesday, 30 August 2022.
The annual awards launched by Studio H in 2019, is aimed at spotlighting the achievements of women in all spheres of the food and hospitality industry. This is from farming to food styling, education, culinary heritage and more, explains Hannerie Visser, the director and founder of Studio H.
“It really reinforced our belief that women are the backbone of the food and hospitality industry. And now, more than ever, we need to take the time to recognise and honour their work,” says Visser.
“We are delighted to showcase the work of such phenomenal women, each one a leader in their respective field. With the FOOD XX Awards we aim to share their accomplishments with the world, and at the same time create a space where women from all walks of life can feel inspired and supported.”
This year’s judging panel included, among others, Mokgadi Itsweng, Bathandwa Nkambule, Loubie Rusch, Mmabatho Molefe, Dr Tracy Nelwamondo and Carla Schulze.
Bringing Africa to the table
The winners of the 2022 FOOD XX Awards were announced at a breakfast event, in partnership with Spekko Rice, at Makers Landing at the V & A Waterfront.
At the ceremony Visser announced that the geographical scope of the awards would be extended to women beyond South African borders in 2023. “We understand that national boundaries can create distracting division among a community of women with common challenges and interests,” she explains.
To mark this, she presented the newly minted Continental Connections award to Ghanaian chef Selassi Atadika. Atadika is the chef patronne at the Accra-based Midunu. Atadika is also ranked as one of the top 100 chefs globally and is on a mission to demystify, celebrate and preserve culinary heritages.
The rest of the 2022 FOOD XX Award winners includes:
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.
With 15 global awards in the first four years of its existence, Food For Mzansi is much more than an agriculture publication. It is a movement, unashamedly saluting the unsung heroes of South African agriculture. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.