- J’Something went from a House Music sensation to self-taught foodie and restaurateur
- His rise to fame came in 2011 when they formed the band Mi Casa
- Since then he has opened his first restaurant, published his first book and been a judge on My Kitchen Rules SA
It’s been a whirlwind adventure, from cooking up delicious house tracks to actual cooking. Joao Fonseca, more commonly known as J’Something, has garnered international fame through his band Mi Casa. Starting off as a small Portuguese boy who moved to South Africa with his family in 1995, J’Something became a legend in his own right.
The band formed early in 2011, in Johannesburg. Just a few months in, they released their first album titled Mi Casa. Their song, These Streets, was nominated for multiple awards that year, at the Metro FM Music Awards. The success of the band began to soar. Winning multiple awards, setting new radio and sales records, Channel 24 reported that Mi Casa had reached international stardom.
In 2014, the suspicion of J’Something's affair with food was confirmed. Releasing season 1 of his cooking show, Something’s Cooking, which reached over 2 million viewers, it was safe to say that this was more than just a fling. This lead to a 13-part cooking show called What’s for Dinner, airing on SABC 3, in partnership with Knorr, which reached over 10 million viewers. The star’s love affair with food continued to grow to new heights.
In April 2017, J’Something opened his first restaurant, Something’s Cooking By J, at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria. Then in November 2017, he released his first cook book, Something’s Cooking. The book has been on the top 10 bestselling books since its launch, reported Brand Manager Dale Herbst. J’Something is humbled by the success of his new venture, “I want to thank all of you for supporting me in my dreams and for allowing me to achieve things like these,” he wrote.
From conducting cooking classes for the elite in the industry, to a judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa, J’Something has reached admirable levels of success in a short space of time. His love affair with food, as his passion for music did, has ignited a spark in many. The future successes of Joao Fonseca are definitely SOMETHING to lookout for.
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