Cook­ing from the heart FOOD­gasm

Sunday World - - Shwashwi -

LORNA Maseko gracefully glides into the Cod­fa­ther Restau­rant with­out mak­ing a sound, it makes to­tal sense that she is a bal­le­rina.

Dur­ing Masterchef I was team Lorna all the way, so it is a priv­i­lege to fi­nally meet her.

She is a beau­ti­ful soul. Af­ter chat­ting to her, I un­der­stand why she is such a suc­cess­ful woman. Maseko knows what she wants and she is not shy to say that she is go­ing to get it.

Her pas­sion for what she does is pal­pa­ble.

We set­tle down to chat about her af­fair with the culi­nary world.

Where did Maseko’s in­ter­est in food come from?

“I think I have al­ways had a pas­sion for food. When I was a dancer I couldn’t eat as much be­cause you are lim­ited. I think af­ter do­ing Masterchef , that re­ally sparked my pas­sion for it.

“I love host­ing peo­ple and hav­ing friends over but go­ing through the whole Masterchef ex­pe­ri­ence, I re­alised I ac­tu­ally love this,” says Maseko.

If you are a fan then you are in luck. Maseko will be cook­ing her way into hearts at the Easter Fam­ily Af­fair at Maropeng On March 12.

Guests are in­vited to bring the whole fam­ily along for a day of fun at the his­tor­i­cal Cra­dle of Hu­mankind, where they can en­joy a pic­nic and live en­ter­tain­ment; food stalls where they can ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cuisines; and take a tour through the Maropeng caves. “When we launched Cook­ing with

Lorna it was meant to be an in­ti­mate cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ev­ery­one has a cook­ing sta­tion and I cook a recipe and there is a chal­lenge, like mak­ing may­on­naise or some­thing sim­i­lar,” she says.

“Ba­si­cally we push the en­ve­lope. So it’s the same idea, but we are open­ing it up to the pub­lic for the Easter event. “You can watch an in­ter­ac­tive cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – there’s live en­ter­tain­ment. There’s some­thing for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing face­paint­ing for the kids. Best of all is that all the food cooked will be do­nated to a char­ity to feed hun­gry tum­mies, ” ex­plained Maseko. Bal­le­rina, chef, busi­ness­woman,

Top Billing pre­sen­ter – Maseko is a well-rounded woman. But which is her most chal­leng­ing role?

Ac­cord­ing to her, you can not be one thing any­more. Ca­reers are all linked and feed off each other. She lit­er­ally has her hand in lots of cookie jars.

Maseko has her heart set on big­ger, bet­ter things and is will­ing to go the ex­tra mile to achieve that.

Among many fu­ture plans, there is a cook­book on the cards and more ex­cit­ingly, a line of cook­ing mer­chan­dise and ap­parel which should launch in July.

I asked her to share some­thing about her­self with Sun­day World that no one else knows.

“I am ac­tu­ally a very fun per­son. Ev­ery­one thinks I am too se­ri­ous. I have a se­ri­ous side, but in re­al­ity I am a re­ally funny per­son.”

When I asked who her favourite chef was, she didn’t wait for me to fin­ish the ques­tion be­fore she piped up, He­ston Blu­men­thal!

“I would love, love, love to meet him. I also love Marco Pierre White and the Test Kitchen’s Luke Dale Roberts.”

If she had a su­per-power, what would it be?

“I would clap my hands twice and snap my fin­gers, and get a happy medium.

“Too much money and no hap­pi­ness, or hap­pi­ness and not even money. I would be happy with snap­ping my fin­gers and be­ing in the middl.” Clever lady. Ten years ago, where did she ex­pect to be?

“Def­i­nitely fur­ther ahead than I am now. Busi­ness-wise I thought I would be a lot fur­ther ahead. I am on the cusp of re­ally amaz­ing things but I thought I would have been there al­ready,” she says.

Ten years from now Maseko says all th­ese deals would be signed, sealed and de­liv­ered. She is adamant she will never go back to bal­let not even as a trainer.

I re­alise it doesn’t mat­ter though be­cause Maseko has al­ready re­alised her dreams, she has the grace and dis­ci­pline from be­ing a bal­le­rina to drive her new busi­ness deals home. She is the epit­ome of a strong woman who is will­ing to put in the hard work and reap the ben­e­fits.

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