With the support of her parents, Zola Nene swapped her law studies – for which she had no enthusiasm – for working in professional kitchens in the UK. She returned to South Africa to study the culinary arts. Now that passion has culminated in her debut cookbook, Simply Delicious.
After a bleak youth, successful pastry chef Kelvin Joel is giving back to his community and other troubled youngsters by offering them a future through his Chefs Project.
Three award-winning restaurants, a lauded cook book, and a big heart mean Reuben Riffel will long be one of South Africa's favourite chefs.
Top chefs all seem to be men, but women are taking a bigger slice of the cooking pie. The inaugural Mzansi International Culinary Festival will look at the role of women in the culinary world, as well as work towards establishing a definitive South African cuisine. There will be good things to taste, too.