- Siphokazi Mdlankomo had a difficult childhood, she was raised by a single mom in the Eastern Cape
- Siphokazi moved to Cape Town where she worked as domestic worker for 14 years
- Her employers encouraged her to enter cooking competitions and in 2014 she was a finalist on Masterchef
Siphokazi Mdlankomo is proof that with hard work anything is possible regardless of a person’s background or social standing.
Siphokazi had a difficult childhood, she was raised by a single mom in the rural village of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. Siphokazi has nothing but love for her mom and says although times were tough, she never went to bed hungry.
Siphokazi moved to Cape Town after the birth of her son, she hoped to find a steady job so she could provide for him. Although she did not know it at the time the wheels of fate started turning 14 years ago when she started working for a Jewish family in Sea Point.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Siphokazi discovered her love for cooking while working for the family, she says the family allowed her to create meals for them and even installed a TV in the kitchen so she could watch cooking shows.
The family encouraged Siphokazi to enter cooking competitions, in 2012 she finished in the Top 30 of the Kia Cook-Off competition. Her big break came two years later when she entered Masterchef South Africa.
Siphokazi finished as the runner-up on the show and has used the exposure to launch her cooking career. She is now a brand ambassador for Pick n Pay, has her own cooking show and has released a cookbook.
Siphokazi is known for her traditional style of cooking which anyone can replicate at relatively low cost. She says the key to making great food is to enjoy cooking.
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