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