Cape Town Student Applauded by Mzansi After She Shared How Difficult Her First Day Cooking for Students Was

Cape Town Student Applauded by Mzansi After She Shared How Difficult Her First Day Cooking for Students Was

  • A young lady received her flowers for her cooking grind, which she uses to feed her family
  • The talented chef provides grub for students living on campus, and her first day was hell
  • The young student told Briefly News that it's been an arduous journey but her support structure is strong
A young campus chef inspired many with her story.
A young woman beat the odds to cook for res students. Image: @xeno.cooks
Source: TikTok

Mzansi commended a woman's hustle spirit after she shared how difficult her first day cooking for university students was.

In an emotional post, she poured her heart out about her experience and how she went the extra mile to make a living.

Woman's first day as university student chef was demanding, she says

It is inspiring to see a young woman beating the odds and grinding to put food on the table. @Xeno.cooks's story is one of overcoming trials and tribulations and refusing to give up.

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Her video reached over 80K views on TikTok and received strong support from netizens.

@Xeno.cooks's caption describes how she felt after her first day on the grind.

She explained how her feet were swollen, and her back was painful. She also cried herself to sleep because of how difficult the task was.

Despite this, she expressed gratitude to God for being able to start a cooking business that could feed her and her family. Such a heartwarming journey is well-applauded and should inspire other young women not to give up.

Student tells Briefly News that the journey is tough

Thato Maake spoke to Briefly News about her cooking experience. She said she had branched out to other Cape Peninsula University of Technology residences in a few weeks.

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"I initially started cooking because I have a burning passion for cooking due to the course that I do. A few weeks back, I faced some challenges with NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) so I started cooking and selling food as a source of income. I started the business with the help of the money I got from my parents and some of my friends, who gave me the ingredients to start. Selling has been challenging, but I wake up with the mindset that I can do anything I put my mind to, and nothing comes easy in life. It's been a tough journey but with the support from my family, friends and resident mates, my journey is getting slightly better," she said.

Watch the beautiful video here:

Netizens support young chef's grinding spirit after cooking for university students

South Africans were behind her grind and handed it to her for bravery in starting a business.

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Mthokozisi said that, given the opportunity, he would show her support.

"If I were at your res, I would support you. I don't like cooking."

No_Boo_Hle@01 called her an inspiration.

"I love this for you ke, sana."

Nompumelelo pointed out that she ought to spoil herself.

"Reward yourself with a day at the spa and with lunch not cooked by you."

Masana_S clapped her hands for her.

"You should be proud of yourself."

Ngunelihle encouraged her never to give up.

"I am proud of you. Ungasayeki."

Woman overcomes employment to start a food business

In a similar story, Briefly News reported a woman from Johannesburg beat unemployment by starting a dumpling business and creating jobs.

The woman, who graduated with a degree in multimedia, started her business in 2017 and employed over ten people.

Her hustle is an inspiring story for women of all ages who struggle with employment.

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Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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