The chef and owner of Mabo­neng’s Taste Kitchen shares a few of her favourite things

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Chef Nti of Taste Kitchen shares her favourite things

Ican’t re­mem­ber a time when I wasn’t run­ning my own busi­ness,” says Nthabiseng Ramaboa, chef at Taste Kitchen. In­spired by her sin­gle mother, Nti (as she’s called) be­came an en­tre­pre­neur at 16.

“I worked hard from a young age, and opened my first re­tail fash­ion busi­ness when I was 21,” she re­calls. “Fash­ion was al­ways a hobby, but then it turned into three re­tail stores for Bello Cou­ture and my f lag­ship store opened in Mel­rose shop­ping cen­tre in 2009.”

Nti ran four busi­nesses be­fore de­vot­ing her­self to what she truly loves – food. “In 2014, I moved to

LA to do culi­nary re­search.” On her re­turn to South Africa, she at­tended cook­ery school, and while scout­ing for a big­ger kitchen for a food cam­paign, found a space in Mabo­neng. “It was too beau­ti­ful to use as an of­fice or kitchen, so I de­cided to turn it into a restau­rant.”

Taste Kitchen isn’t a walk-in restau­rant; they of­fer unique din­ing events two to three times a week. “We cel­e­brate our South African culi­nary her­itage with nos­tal­gic food that’s rem­i­nis­cent of home,” she ex­plains.

Nti is also pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and the first meals pre­pared at Taste Kitchen were given to the home­less. She was re­cently an­nounced the BBC Life­style chan­nel 174 am­bas­sador.

To un­wind, Nti goes to the park with a book and her two dogs, Rocky and Ba­hati, and at­tends two or three box­ing classes a week to keep the blood pump­ing.

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