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.”
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.
“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. “
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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.
“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.