reservations about taking culinary to the next step. Anyone who knows me knows that I'd lay my life down for my big brother.
2. Primary school life and the highlights of it?
Primary school was a lot. At the time, I hated it but now I actually think it was a great couple of years. I attended primary at John and Valera Allen (Baha'i schools). Iremember being the child who cried every term end because that's how mu c h I loved learning. I always used to look forward to Mr Simelane's m a t h c la s se s because they came with motivational stories.
3. High schoo l life a nd the highlights of it?
H i g h s choo l was the best, hands d o w n . Sifundzani Hi g h School gave me so much of the things that I apply to my life even today. In high school, I was well-known for the unconventional food I used to bring. I would assemble my salad just before eating, and wake up early just to make food for some of my friends. I even got the award for most motherly, in my grade.
4. When did you fall cooking and how? 6. Give us three of dishes and why ? in
Like I mentioned earlier on, my mother is also a great cook. I fell in love with cooki ng probably at a very young age, but I remember asking my mom for a recipe book at the age of 10. My brother and I used to prepare our own meals whenever she had to work late, and that's when I officially joined her catering business. Over the years, this love has grown from working side by side with her as a caterer and being able to see people enjoy the product of our hands.
5. What are you currently studying in tertiary and is it your passion?
I am currently in my first year studying Information Systems and Computer Science. My degree choice came about from my love for entrepreneurship and basically seeing businesses succeed, hence I chose a career that would help me help other people with their business, as well as give me the skills I need for my end goal.
your love with favourite
My first favourite dish is Pasta Alfredo. I love Italian food. I would even like to travel to Italy in the future just for the cuisine. My second favourite is my mother's fish curry. It's spicy, creamy and rich with so much flavour. I always recommend it to her clients. Lastly, I love umncushu (My friend's mother makes the best, I've tasted it before and I have never stopped asking him to get it for me). I love it when people have a modern take on traditional foods. Exploring with food is one of my favourite things to do.
7. Your INSPIRATION.
Most of my INSPIRATION comes from my teachers. In Primary school, my math teacher always used to reprimand me whenever I underperformed and reminded me that I was better than most of the things I got up to. In high school, all my teachers believed in me in ways I am grateful for today. Sifundzani High School doesn't just give you teachers; instead you get parents away from your own parents. Every time I feel like giving up on something or am reluctant to pursue it, I always think about the star that my teachers have seen me as and make sure to keep working on my dreams and my craft.
8. Your ASPIRATIONS.
I want to own a bistro in Eswatini. I also want to help put together the first Orchestra in Eswatini. Music is another passion of mine and I'd love to see it grow in our country.
9. Your advice to young people who would also like to be cooks.
Don't be afraid to try it out. I wasn't always a good cook. Cooking is an art; you get better at it with practice. Experiment with different foods and don't be afraid to let your creativity show through your meals. Also, patience is key ( especially when learning how to make food you've never tried before).
Your advice to young people
On passion paying the bills - Passion does pay the bill. If you follow your heart, and do what you want, and if you're persistent with that then nothing will stop you from achieving it. Don't give up on your dreams just because we've been led to believe that ‘securing the bag’ is about money. Secure your dream, and money will just be the benefit of doing what you love.
On Drugs -
Don't do it, you'll die. There's no sugar coating it. Stay away from drugs and if you have a drug problem, get help.
On girlfriends and boyfriends -
Don't do it either. I'm kidding. I am also a young person who still needs advice on this. But, what I have learnt is that you should never rush being in a relationship if your intentions are temporary. Relationships are meant to help build you and guide you into marriage ( if that's what you want). Don't be swept away by good looks and forget about a good heart. And also, real love still existsbut if you're still in high school, please just focus on your own growth and education rather than trying to juggle relationships, it’s not worth it.