Zandile Nontwana Mnchunu features in Kulula in-flight magazine
"Zandile is chef de partie at Hartford House, the multi-award-winning hotel in the Midlands. We caught up with her before a life-changing trip to Shanghai.
Q : Where did your love of cooking come from?
A : I don't know really, but my earliest memories are of making mieliepap with my mother. I loved those special occasions when she made curry a
nd rice. I was always fascinated by how food can emphasise happy or sad moments in the life of a family.
Q : Did you always mean to become a chef?
A : It was not really something I thought would be possible. I started right at the bottom - I was in the scullery, but head chef Jackie Cameron noticed I loved to cook, and allowed me to take up the challenge of fine-dining cooking. I had no idea where my love of cooking would take me, but now I’m going with Jackie to represent South Africa and Hartford House at the Shanghai World Expo for a South African food and wine week. I can hardly believe it!
Q : What do you plan to do while you're in Shanghai?
I want to learn about the food and culture of the Chinese. I have already started researching how to say 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'thank you' because I want to be able to greet people. Most of all, I want to teach them to cook the way we're doing it at Hartford and in South Africa."
Extract from Kulula.com
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