Siphokazi Mdlankomo Interview

I am sure Siphokazi Mdlankomo crept her way into everyone’s hearts on MasterChef South Africa. I had the pleasure of spending some time with her at the Good Food and Wine Show this year and her smile is contagious. Sipho is the second half of the duo #ShortChefSkinnyChef.

Siphokazi Mdlankomo And Claire Allen
Siphokazi Mdlankomo And Claire Allen

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My mother, and then came along Liz who has employed me as a domestic worker for the past fifteen years.

What started you on the path of cooking?

I have always loved cooking. My earliest memories are of me in the kitchen cooking with my gran, watching cooking shows and trying to recreate the dishes.

Which three ingredients could you not live without?

Garlic, onions and tomatoes – you can make so much with those three ingredients.

Which of your kitchen tools would you take with you anywhere and everywhere?

My Global Knives

Do you have any pet peeves in the kitchen?

Not really

Which meal is your all time favourite?

Osso Buco

Which restaurant would you visit over and over again?

I do not go out to eat at restaurants but it would have to be Chefs Warehouse.

If you could only have one recipe book, which one would it be?

My own recipe book ‘My Little Black Recipe Book’.

If you could work alongside one chef for a day who would that be?

I would love to work with Rick Stein!

Which ingredient will you not eat or cook with?


What is on top of your bucket list?

Further my studies in the culinary field, visit Italy and have my own cooking show!

What is your food philosophy?


Disclosure: This interview was facilitated by Megan Neale from Exposed By Her Public Relations. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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13 thoughts on “Siphokazi Mdlankomo Interview

  1. Mdlankomo, 39, who grew up in a small rural village in Eastern Cape province with her mother, grandmother and three brothers, said her family did not have a satellite TV subscription when the series began and were unable to watch her, but she had rectified this so they could follow her progress. “She’s effectively never been treated as a domestic worker in our home. She’s equal to all of us. It’s a misnomer that all domestic workers are treated badly in South Africa. That’s not what we experience in our household. It’s equal opportunities for all.”

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