Young, Black, and Gifted Chef Ndash on South African Foods with a twist
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Young, Black, and Gifted Chef Ndash on South African Foods with a twist

28 Jun 2019 LIFESTYLE

By Zuko Komisa 

Sithembiso Ndashe, the founder of Ndash Foods, a proudly South African food business that prides itself in offering a uniquely South African food experience, joined David O’Sullivan to share his love for food and his journey.

“I normally describe myself as a guy who plays around with food. I love South African food and add my twists to it. As a people we are progressing and learning new things, we travel and we learn about new foods.”

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Ndash started his business in 2013 as part of a contemporary South African culture called “Mogodu Mondays”. He started his 1st POP-Up kitchen in Midrand.  Admitting that his interest in food started in University when he saw it as a way to connect with girls, he has carved his lane and is truly passionate about each meal and the unique taste that his team serves to the people.

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“You sometimes as a young person have to find ways to innovate yourself if you don’t have the money to spend, what better way to charm a lady that with your culinary skills. “

Listen to the full conversation here:

His business was inspired by the growing trade of Food trucks in the United States which led him to start his own pop-up business. He used this as an opportunity to enter the entrepreneurial space.

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“As a marketing graduate, I had these crazy ideas, I wanted to buy a franchise at a very young age, but I couldn’t afford it. Food has always been my thing, I recall in school when I learned about a thing called Food Trucks which was starting to be a thing, it was big in the US and still growing in South Africa. That’s how this business started as a pop-up.”

Taking what he had learned from school, his passion for cooking and his people skills, he took to the journey to becoming a professional cook and is today sharing his delicious meals with many at food festivals across the country.