Master Chef runner-up Siphokazi Mdlankomo is being hailed a hero in her hometown, Tsolo.
She is especially feted for using her life experience as a domestic worker to become one of the country’s bestknown cooks.
Mdlankomo returned to Tsolo at the weekend to shoot the final episode of the first season of her Mzansi Magic show, Let’s Eat with Siphokazi.
Speaking while preparing for the shoot in Noziyongwana village, where she grew up and learnt to make her first meal, Mdlankomo said she had to end off the show where it all began.
The Tsolo episode will only be aired in December.
“I can honestly say that I have always enjoyed cooking,” she said.
“My earliest memories are of me in the kitchen cooking with my granny and mother, watching cooking shows and trying to recreate those dishes.
“Shooting here today is about showing my community the skills I have gained,” Mdlankomo said.
Her 13-episode cooking show debuted last month and has featured many inspirational and well-known women, such as singer Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and actress Thembi Nyandeni.
She has also published her own cook book, My Little Black Recipe Book, which she explains, is ideal for domestic workers, as it would help them improve their culinary skills.